Softball Roundup: Lady ‘Jackets skunk Alvord

{{{*}}}The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets made school history Saturday with a 15-0 blanking of Alvord.

The team’s 21st win is a new high mark for the program.

The playoff-bound Lady ‘Jackets moved to 21-5 and 8-2 in District 9-2A. Boyd could wrap up second place in the league with a pair of wins in their final two games. They took on Paradise Tuesday and will close the regular season at Brock Thursday.

Against Alvord, Boyd scored nine in the second inning and six in the third on 12 hits and three Alvord errors.

Payton Salmon drove in four runs and tripled, going 3-for-3. Kaytlin Bullard and Gabby Saldivar had two hits each.

Saldivar picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out five in three innings.

BRIDGEPORT 10, DECATUR 9

The Bridgeport Sissies rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to beat the rival Decatur Lady Eagles 10-9.

Kensley Turner drove home the winning run on a single to left-center field that plated Shiloh Weirich.

Weirich drove in two runs. Hailey Holingsworth led the Sissies, going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Taylor Jamieson added a double.

Jenny Bradford doubled and knocked in two runs for the Lady Eagles. Brittany Roberts, Kristina Pischotta and Briana Carter finished with two hits each.

BROCK 16, PARADISE 4

The Brock Lady Eagles plated seven runs in the top of the sixth Saturday on the way to knocking off the Paradise Lady Panthers 16-4.

Madi Horne had the Lady Panthers’ lone extra-base hit, a double. Alyssa Munoz, Bailey Higgins and Allison Rutledge drove in the three Paradise runs.

Paradise went into Tuesday’s game against Boyd in fifth place in District 9-2A. It closes the regular season against fourth-place Peaster Friday. With a victory, the Lady Panthers could force a tie for the fourth playoff spot.

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Arlington, Boyd shut out Ponder

{{{*}}}The District 9-2A-leading Ponder Lady Lions could not solve Chelsea Arlington Saturday.

After giving up five runs on nine hits in their March meeting, the Boyd junior hurler allowed only one hit and baserunner in a 7-0 blanking of Ponder at Lady Lion Field.

Dialed In

DIALED IN – Boyd pitcher Chelsea Arlington shut out Ponder, allowing one hit in the Lady Yellowjackets’ 7-0 victory Saturday. Boyd moved to 6-2 in District 9-2A with the victory. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I told Chelsea that she threw probably the best game we’ve had thrown around here in 17 years,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “She threw strikes, kept the ball down and made them beat it into the ground. We made every play we had to make behind her.”

The victory moved Boyd (19-5) within a game of Ponder for the 9-2A lead at 6-2 with four league games remaining.

“We knew winning wouldn’t take them out of the No. 1 spot,” said Boyd shortstop Brittney Howard. “But for us it’s a big deal. It boosts our spirits up.”

Boyd took over second place a game ahead of Brock, who they will see in the regular season finale April 17.

“It’s going to be hard to catch [Ponder] for first because they’ve beaten Brock twice already,” Hopkins explained. “But if we win out and come down to Brock the last game that will be for second and third.”

The Lady Yellowjackets will be hard to beat if they continue to get pitching and solid defense like they did Saturday.

Arlington struck out only two, but never allowed Ponder hitters to square up a ball – they never hit a ball out of the infield. The lone hit was by the Lady Lions’ ninth-hole hitter Madison Welch in the bottom of the third.

“I was really working my dropball and changeup. I wasn’t throwing them anything to hit honestly,” Arlington said.

Behind her, the Lady Yellowjackets made 19 putouts without an error. Howard and third baseman Payton Salmon handled 10 chances perfectly.

“Our Wednesday practice last week, that’s all we did was defense,” Howard said. “That’s a lot of our game. Our infield is solid. Today nothing got past us. That was a big help. Thanks to Chelsea – she didn’t leave anything over the plate. She pitched an amazing game.”

Arlington pitched the entire game with a lead as she doubled in a run and Salmon scored her with a single in the top of the first.

Arlington went 3-for-4 against Ponder pitcher Jessica Orozco, with three extra-base hits. She rounded the bases in the seventh after a triple up the middle and a Ponder error.

Five of Boyd’s 11 hits off Orozco went for extra bases. Howard provided the big blast, belting a pitch over the left-field fence in the top of the second to plate two runs and put Boyd up 5-0.

“I was informed that it was only the second home run hit out on this field and the first one of the season. That’s pretty cool, too,” Howard said.

“This time we took away her riseball. We were all up in the box and worked on that in practice this week. We knew what we had to do and got it done.”

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Softball Roundup: Lady Panthers rip Lady Bulldogs

{{{*}}}Jett Preather opened the fifth inning with a triple and set the Paradise Lady Panthers on their way to a nine-run inning Friday in a 14-2 win over Alvord.

Preather went 3-for-3 and scored twice. She had two of the Lady Panthers’ seven extra-base hits.

Bailey Higgins homered for the Lady Panthers. Allison Rutledge doubled twice, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Shelby Lavigne knocked in three runs.

Kandi Rose homered and drove in both runs for Alvord.

Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor struck out eight and held Alvord to two runs on two hits in five innings.

NORTHWEST 12, HALTOM 1

Kelsey Rhine went 3-for-3 and drove in five runs as the Northwest Lady Texans hammered Haltom 12-1 Friday.

Tuesday DerMargosian homered for the Lady Texans.

Emily Worley held Haltom to one run on five hits over five innings. She struck out seven.

DECATUR 11, GAINESVILLE 9

The Decatur Lady Eagles held off the Gainesville Lady Leopards to win 11-9 Friday.

Alex Gabriel, Kristina Pishotta and Jordan Smith had three hits each for Decatur. Brianna Carter drove in three runs on two hits. Smith and Brittany Roberts collected two RBIs.

KRUM 10, BRIDGEPORT 0

The Krum Lady Bobcats finished off the Bridgeport Sissies 10-0 in five innings Friday.

Krum held Bridgeport to three hits – one each by Cheyenne Davidson, Tabby Rivera and Hailey Hollingsworth.

Krum scored five runs in the third, added three in the fourth and two in the fifth.

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Softball Roundup: Saldivar homers twice as Boyd beats Peaster

{{{*}}}Gabby Saldivar belted a pair of home runs Tuesday as the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets routed the Peaster Lady Greyhounds 13-7.

Saldivar hit a two-run homer as part of a six-run first for the Lady Yellowjackets. She added another two-run shot in the sixth.

Kassidy Lester also homered for Boyd (18-5, 5-2), which had 10 extra-base hits. Amber Bowen doubled three times, going 3-for-4.

Saldivar earned the win in the circle, allowing six runs – one earned – on nine hits. She struck out four and walked one.

NORTHWEST 3, FOSSIL RIDGE 3

The Northwest Lady Texans ended their two-game slide in District 4-5A Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Fossil Ridge.

Brie Wrobel’s two-run double in the top of the sixth pushed the Lady Texans (13-11, 5-4) to the win.

Sydnee Hinkle and Haley Rhine added doubles for the Lady Texans.

Emily Worley held Fossil Ridge to two unearned runs on five hits over seven innings. She struck out six and walked three.

GAINESVILLE 13, BRIDGEPORT 2

The Bridgeport Sissies fell to under .500 for the season Tuesday with a 13-2 loss to the Gainesville Lady Leopards.

Gainesville scored five runs in the first and added three in the third and fourth innings. The Lady Leopards pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of five Bridgeport errors in five innings.

Tabby Rivera doubled and scored one of the two Bridgeport runs. Makayla Raymond scored the other and stole a base.

Bridgeport (9-10) fell to 0-4 in District 9-3A play.

SANGER 16, DECATUR 2

Sanger scored nine runs in the first two innings and never looked back Tuesday, beating Decatur 16-2.

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Softball Roundup: Mader strikes out seven in win over Millsap

{{{*}}}Alvord’s Mikena Mader struck out seven while shutting out Millsap Friday in an 18-0 victory.

Eight Lady Bulldogs piled up hits. Reagan Guthrie went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Maddie Espinoza also had two hits. Kaely Beaver doubled and knocked in a run.

Alvord batters worked 13 walks.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 14-7 and 2-5 in District 9-2A.

SANGER 7, BRIDGEPORT 0

The Bridgeport Sissies couldn’t scratch out a run against Sanger Friday, falling 7-0.

The Sissies fell to 9-9 and 0-3 in District 9-3A.

Kensley Turner went 2-for-2 for the Sissies. Tabby Rivera, Shiloh Weirich, Taylor Jamieson and Cheyenne Davidson had hits.

DECATUR 6, FW COUNTRY DAY 3

The Decatur Lady Eagles picked up a second straight win Friday, beating Country Day 6-3.

Decatur jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.

PONDER 23, PARADISE 6

The District 9-2A leading Ponder Lady Lions took advantage of 10 Paradise errors Friday in a 23-6 win.

The 10 errors led to 13 unearned runs for the Lady Lions.

All six Paradise runs came in the bottom of the third. Reagan Taylor drove in two runs, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Bailey Higgins added two RBIs.

KELLER 16, NORTHWEST 2

Keller remained unbeaten and alone atop District 4-5A Friday with a 16-2 win over the Northwest Lady Texans.

The loss dropped Northwest to 12-11 and 4-4 in district.

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Lady Eagles rally for win

{{{*}}}As the potential winning run on third base in the bottom of the eighth inning, Decatur’s Brittany Roberts took a chance – trying to entice a throw from Bridgeport catcher Kensley Turner.

Winning Feeling

WINNING FEELING – The Decatur Lady Eagles celebrate after their rally to beat the Bridgeport Sissies in eight innings Tuesday 5-4. Brittany Roberts scored the winning run. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I played with her over the summer. I was wandering off farther than I should have, trying to get her to throw,” Roberts said.

The strategy worked. Turner’s throw got away from third baseman Ryhan Read, allowing Roberts to score and giving the Lady Eagles their first District 9-3A win, 5-4, over the rival Sissies.

“This win is huge. This is the most important game in district,” Roberts said. “We knew we had to be on top of things to win it.”

Bridgeport (9-8) fell to 0-2 in district with the loss. The Sissies made eight errors in the game, including two in the final half inning – one that allowed Roberts to reach third after a single and the other on the game-winning run.

“It’s a tough loss,” said Bridgeport coach Ruben Garza. “Errors have plagued us this season.”

Bridgeport jumped out to 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the third. Turner singled in Hailey Hollingsworth. Cheyenne Davidson then doubled in Diana Garcia and Turner. Davidson scored the fourth run of the inning with a steal of home.

The four-run frame chased Decatur starter Maddie Minor from the game after two-and-two-thirds innings. Kelsey Roberts took over, pitching the final five-and-a-third, holding Bridgeport scoreless on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Decatur chipped away at the Bridgeport lead. It scored three in the bottom of the third on three Bridgeport errors.

Down 4-3 in the seventh, Kristina Pishotta worked a one-out walk. She came around to score and tie the game.

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Lady Texans fall to Central

{{{*}}}After beating one of District 4-5A’s unbeaten teams Richland, the Northwest Lady Texans (12-10, 4-3) slipped up against Keller Central Tuesday.

Central scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to rally to a 5-4 victory.

Northwest committed four errors in the loss.

Bailey Bryson and Haley Rhine each doubled for the Lady Texans. Bryson drove in a run, going 2-for-3.

Catherine Totty took the loss, allowing five runs – two earned – on seven hits in four innings. She struck out three.

Emily Worley pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

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Totty, Northwest outlast Richland in 11 innings

{{{*}}}Over 11 innings Friday against District 4-5A leader Richland, Northwest’s Catherine Totty kept delivering one high-leverage pitch after another.

“A lot of adrenaline,” Totty said. “The excitement and knowing we could win the game kept me going.”

Jumping for Joy

JUMPING FOR JOY – Northwest’s Haley Rhine celebrates the Lady Texans’ 2-1 win over Richland Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

That win was finally delivered in the bottom of the 11th when Sydnee Hinkle’s walk-off infield single brought home Tuesday DerMargosian. Northwest topped Richland 2-1 at Lady Texan Field.

“Joy. Relief,” Totty said about the winning run. “This is how I know we can play.”

The Northwest victory knocked Richland from a share of first place with their first district setback. It also kept the Lady Texans (12-9) in the hunt for the league title at 4-2.

“It’s a huge win,” said Northwest coach Tanya Morrow. “We joked around that we beat Denton Guyer when they were undefeated. Richland was undefeated in district. We have that mentality against undefeated teams that we are not scared and come out strong. No one can beat us with that mental toughness.”

Totty displayed it throughout the game against Richland’s potent lineup, scattering 10 hits and striking out seven. She did not give up a walk.

“Cat pitched an incredible game,” Morrow said. “Everything was working. We went away from a few pitches for a few innings and then went right back to them.

“She pitched a great game, and we played excellent defense behind her.”

Working Overtime

WORKING OVERTIME – Northwest pitcher Catherine Totty pitched 11 innings, holding Richland to one run in a 2-1 victory Friday at Lady Texan Field. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Totty was toughest with runners on base. Richland went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The lone run that tied the game at 1 scored on a groundout by Destiny Deaton in the fourth.

Northwest grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning with DerMargosian reaching on an error and scoring on a single by Hinkle.

After Richland tied the game in the fourth, it stayed knotted until the bottom of the 11th. DerMargosian led off the frame, hitting the ball to Richland first baseman Bailey Darracq, who bobbled it. Running hard down the line, DerMargosian slid safely around a tag.

“She’s a ballplayer. She does what comes natural, and it works,” Morrow said about the play.

Totty then put down a sacrifice bunt to move DerMargosian to second. Brianna Barnhill’s fly ball to center put DerMargosian at third with two out.

Hinkle then crushed the ball to third to score the run and set off the celebration.

“The girls played awesome,” Morrow said. “Getting the bunt down, the sac fly and executing. We worked in practice yesterday on scoring the runner with two outs. The girls did well yesterday and did even better today.”

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Brock hammers Boyd, 12-4

{{{*}}}The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets have piled up double-digit runs on their opponents in 13 of their 17 wins.

Monday night, the Lady Yellowjackets were on the other end as they couldn’t slow the Brock Lady Eagles’ bats.

Safe at Home

SAFE AT HOME – Brock’s Mikayla Smith slides in under the tag of Boyd catcher Savannah Foster during Brock’s 12-4 victory Monday at Boyd. Brock took over second place in 9-2A with the win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Brock pounded out 12 hits, including a pair of homers and three doubles in a 12-4 rout of the Lady Yellowjackets at Boyd.

“They were hitting the ball. Chelsea [Arlington] pitched well. They were just hitting the ball,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “You have to give them credit. They are a good team. They were in the region finals last year and returned a lot of people.”

The loss dropped Boyd (17-5, 4-2) to third place in District 9-2A at the end of the first round. Brock (17-5, 5-1) takes over a second place – a game back of league leader Ponder.

“This was one of the wins we needed,” said Brock coach Ryan Starnes.

Out of Reach

OUT OF REACH – Boyd second baseman Amber Bowen tries to corral a ground ball during the Lady Yellowjackets’ loss to Brock. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Krysten Marr led the way for Brock at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle where she struck out seven. Marr went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. She knocked in two with a bases-loaded double as part of a seven-run second inning for the Lady Eagles. Marr then smashed a two-run homer to center field in the fourth to put Brock up 9-1.

“She’s been working on her swing. She showed up tonight. Even on her outs, she hit the ball hard,” Starnes said.

Brock’s seven-run second started with a fielding error at second. Then after a sacrifice bunt, the next seven Brock hitters reached base. Maddie Cooper’s double – one of three in the inning for Brock – drove in the game’s first two runs.

“They hit the ball,” Arlington said. “I see them in select.

“It wasn’t just leaving the ball over the plate. After they fouled off several pitches, they were looking for certain pitches.”

Brock’s final three runs came courtesy of Jordin Albertson on a three-run homer that just cleared the right-center field fence in the top of the sixth.

Even after falling behind 7-0 in the second, Boyd had its opportunities to get back in the game, but left six runners on base.

“[Marr] can spin it good,” Hopkins said. “We were not staying on the ball. We kept popping the ball out. We’ve got to get that fixed.”

Boyd batters flew out 11 times, including six times on the infield.

“We have to adjust. We keep doing the same thing expecting different results,” Arlington said.

Payton Salmon, who went 2-for-3, singled and came around to score in the bottom of the second on a throwing error.

Arlington provided the Lady Yellowjackets’ other three runs on a fifth-inning home run to left-center field. Her fifth homer of the season brought home Savannah Foster, who doubled, and Britney Howard, who walked. The three runs cut Brock’s lead momentarily to 9-3 before Albertson returned the favor in the next half-inning.

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Softball Roundup: Boyd knocks off Paradise

{{{*}}}Amber Bowen drove in two runs as the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets knocked off Paradise 7-3 Friday.

Chandler Hammond added three hits for Boyd.

Chelsea Arlington picked up the win, striking out six and allowing three runs on eight hits.

Shelby Lavigne doubled and drove in two for the Lady Panthers.

PEASTER 7, ALVORD 0

The Alvord Lady Bulldogs suffered their fourth straight District 9-2A setback Friday, falling to Peaster 7-0.

Reagan Guthrie and Kaely Beaver each went 2-for-3.

Mikena Mader struck out six for the Lady Bulldogs.

COLLINSVILLE 15, CHICO 3

Breann Hall homered and drove in two runs but it was not enough to lift Chico past Collinsville in a 15-3 loss.

Charlye-Ann Biggerstaff, Corey Tate and Kylie Marburger had a hit each.

BRIDGEPORT 11, MUENSTER 1

The Bridgeport Sissies scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to finish off Muenster in an 11-1 win.

Shiloh Weirich doubled and drove in two runs, going 3-for-3. Diana Garcia, Kensley Turner and Ryhan Read had two RBIs each.

Hailey Hollingsworth limited Muenster to one run on three hits.

KRUM 11, DECATUR 1

The Decatur Lady Eagles fell to 0-2 in District 9-3A with an 11-1 loss to Krum Friday.

Krum scored six in the second inning to build a 7-1 lead.

Brittany Roberts scored Decatur’s lone run.

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Softball Roundup: Salmon, Boyd batter Lady Bulldogs

{{{*}}}Payton Salmon doubled twice, tripled and drove in four runs Tuesday to lead the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets to a 12-2 victory over the Alvord Lady Bulldogs.

Salmon went 3-for-4 and scored three runs.

As a team, Boyd (16-4, 3-1) pounded out 15 hits. Savannah Foster and Chandler Hammon doubled twice. Brittney Howard was 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

Howard, Salmon and Hammon all had extra-base hits in the Lady Yellowjackets’ five-run second inning that put Boyd up 6-2. After scoring a run in the third and fourth innings, Boyd closed the game with a four-run fifth.

Alvord scored its two runs on a two-run homer by Reagan Guthrie in the first inning.

The homer was one of four hits by Alvord off Boyd pitcher Gabby Saldivar. Both runs were unearned.

GAINESVILLE 4, DECATUR 3

The Gainesville Lady Leopards held off the Decatur Lady Eagles Tuesday for a 4-3 victory in the District 9-3A opener.

Bree Carter led Decatur with three hits.

KRUM 17, BRIDGEPORT 5

The Bridgeport Sissies committed eight errors leading to 13 unearned runs Tuesday in a 17-5 loss to Krum in the District 9-3A opener.

Krum broke the game open with a 10-run sixth inning.

Kensley Turner drove in four of the Sissies’ five runs, hitting a three-run homer in the first inning. Makayla Raymond and Ryhan Read added two hits each for Bridgeport (8-7, 0-1).

BROCK 4, PARADISE 0

Brock pitcher Krysten Marr limited Paradise to three hits over seven innings in a 3-0 victory Tuesday.

Brock’s Haley Hardison tripled and homered and drove in two runs.

Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor struck out seven, allowing four runs on 10 hits in six innings.

TIMBER CREEK 6, NORTHWEST 5

The Northwest Lady Texans’ late-game rally fell short Tuesday as a 6-5 loss to Keller Timber Creek put an end to their three-game 4-5A winning streak.

After falling behind 5-1, Northwest scored three in the sixth, including Kelsey Rhine’s two-run homer. The Lady Texans added one in the seventh after Tuesday DerMargosian’s lead-off triple.

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Still Swinging: Injury, position change fail to slow Barnhill’s bat

Still Swinging: Injury, position change fail to slow Barnhill’s bat

{{{*}}}Neither a knee injury nor a change in positions has slowed Brianna Barnhill – or most importantly, her bat.

The Northwest senior continues to swing one of the area’s mightiest bats for the Lady Texans, who are in the middle of the District 4-5A title hunt.

Swinging for the Fences

SWINGING FOR THE FENCES – Brianna Barnhill has hit three homers for the Lady Texans this season. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Entering Tuesday’s showdown with Keller Timber Creek, Barnhill is hitting .513 with a team-high three homers and 15 RBIs. Of her 20 hits, 11 have gone for extra bases.

“I’m doing well. I wish I was doing a little better,” Barnhill said. “You have your ups and downs.”

MIGHTY SWING – Northwest’s Brianna Barnhill entered Tuesday’s game against Keller Timber Creek with 13 career homers. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

For the four-year letterman, there’s been more ups than downs despite entering the program with high expectations after following her sister Brittany – the 2007 Class 5A Player of the Year.

“The pressure was there my freshman year,” Brianna said. “It was intimidating. But I realized that I’m my own person and had to make a name for myself.”

She’s done that by belting 13 career homers. She hit eight last year while batting .477.

“With the name, there’s big shoes to fill,” said Northwest coach Tanya Morrow. “She’s done a great job of keeping grounded and not worrying about the comparisons.”

In November, Barnhill signed with Abilene Christian to play next year. She was hoping for a worry-free senior year.

But in her second-to-last basketball game, the three-sport athlete sprained the medial collateral ligament in her knee.

“I was out three to four weeks and missed our first tournament,” Barnhill said. “At first it hurt my range.”

Morrow worked Barnhill back into the lineup at second base instead of her usual spot at shortstop. Then, after seeing the amount of chances she was getting on the right side of the infield with lefty Catherine Totty pitching, Morrow decided to leave her there.

“She’s done a great job at second,” Morrow said. “I looked at the spray charts to see where the balls are going. Fifty-one balls have gone to the right side and 31 to the left side. I want her where most of the balls are going.

“She’s a team player and will do what’s best for the team. She can play anywhere.”

Barnhill said the transition from shortstop to second base has been easy.

“I grew up playing second through 14-U,” Barnhill said. “In high school, I moved to shortstop. I like moving around.”

And no matter where she plays in the field, she’ll still be just as dangerous at the plate and a threat to go deep anytime she’s in the batter’s box. She insists that’s not her mindset at the plate.

“My mental approach is to get a base hit and try to hit the ball as solid as possible,” Barnhill said.

CARRYING A BIG BAT

Through 19 games, Brianna Barnhill has been solid at the plate. Here’s her numbers.

Average … Hits … HR … RBI … Slug … OPS
.513 … 20 … 3 … 15 … .897 … 1.475

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Softball Roundup: Lady Eagles score 28 in victory

{{{*}}}The Decatur Lady Eagles won a wild game Friday in their last contest before the District 9-3A opener.

The Lady Eagles beat Nocona 28-20.

Kristina Pishotta drove in five runs with four hits. Alex Gabriel went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and scored six runs. Brittany Roberts finished with six hits and four RBIs.

Decatur took a 10-2 lead in the top of the second before Nocona came back with a seven-run bottom of the inning.

Nocona took a 20-17 lead with a nine-run fourth.

The Lady Eagles plated five in the fifth to regain the lead and added six in the sixth.

JACKSBORO 17, BRIDGEPORT 2

The Bridgeport Sissies dropped their final tuneup before the District 9-3A opener Friday.

Jacksboro took advantage of five Bridgeport errors and 10 walks in a 17-2 win.

Bridgeport managed only two runs on two hits. Tabby Rivera and Makayla Raymond had the Sissies’ two hits. Hailey Hollingsworth and Shiloh Weirich scored the two runs.

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Lady Texans heat up in 4-5A

{{{*}}}The Northwest Lady Texans let their District 4-5A opener get away from them last month when Keller plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 12-9 win.

Since that loss, the Lady Texans have been on a tear, winning three straight in district play and four of six overall.

The Lady Texans were off Friday, coming off a 2-1 victory over Southlake Carroll Tuesday that improved their record to 11-8 on the year.

“The girls are in a good spot right now,” said Northwest coach Tanya Morrow. “We should be 4-0, but we’ll take 3-1.”

Pitcher Catherine Totty has been solid during the recent uptick. Over 19 innings in her past three district games against Fossil Ridge, Haltom and Carroll, Totty has allowed only two runs on 10 hits, with 18 strikeout and four walks.

Morrow said her hurler has really come on since the 3-1 win over Denton Guyer Feb. 28 at the Frisco Tournament. She held Guyer to a run on four hits in that outing.

“That was the turning point for her,” Morrow said. “She pitched her best game so far and hasn’t looked back.

“One thing she is doing is getting the leadoff batter each inning out.”

Defensively, Northwest has only two errors in four district games.

The Lady Texans’ potent lineup is providing Totty with plenty of run support. They piled up nine runs against Fossil Ridge and 16 against Haltom. Even in being held to two runs in the win over Carroll, Northwest managed six hits.

“We are hitting well one through nine,” Morrow said. “Brianna [Barnhill] and [Sydnee] Hinkle are hitting home runs. Tuesday [DerMargosian] at leadoff is doing a great job of getting on base. Really, one through nine, we’ve been solid.”

The Lady Texans will return to the field Tuesday at Timber Creek. They will play host to Richland Friday.

“Next week is a big chance to move forward,” Morrow said. “Timber Creek and Richland are both playing well.”

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Softball Roundup: Paradise rallies for win

{{{*}}}An Allison Rutledge walk-off double brought home Johnna Headley and lifted the Paradise Lady Panthers to a 9-8 victory over the Alvord Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.

Rutledge’s RBI double capped a three-run rally for the Lady Panthers in the bottom of the seventh and answered Alvord’s four runs in the top of the inning.

Shelby Lavigne drove in three runs for the Lady Panthers, going 2-for-4 with a double. Darla Walterscheid doubled and hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth.

For Alvord, Kaely Beaver went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. She drove in two runs on a double in the top of the seventh that tied the game at six. Regan Guthrie and Beaver later scored on Paradise errors to put Alvord up 8-6.

Reagan Taylor picked up the win after her team’s rally in the seventh. She struck out 13 and walked nine, allowing eight runs – five earned – on seven hits in seven innings of work.

BRIDGEPORT 10, HOLLIDAY 9

Taylor Jamieson’s RBI single in the top of the seventh proved to be the game-winner Thursday as the Bridgeport Sissies held off Holliday for a 10-9 victory.

Jamieson’s hit to left scored Ryhan Read. It was part of a three-run inning for the Sissies.

Kelsey Turner went 3-for-3, doubled and drove in two runs for Bridgeport. Diana Garcia finished 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.

NORTHWEST 2, CARROLL 1

Catherine Totty held the Southlake Carroll Lady Dragons to a run on four hits over seven innings Tuesday in a 2-1 victory.

Totty struck out five and walked one as the Lady Texans moved to 3-1 in District 4-5A.

Carroll scored its lone run in the third off a pair of singles to take a 1-0 lead. That held up until Northwest plated a run in the sixth with Brianna Barnhill driving in Totty off a double to left-center field.

In the bottom of the seventh, Amanda Lockhart singled and came home with the winning run on a Carroll error.

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Boyd strikes out on first-place bid

{{{*}}}The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets averaged nearly 12 runs over their first 18 games and piled up 36 runs in two District 9-2A games.

But facing one of the league’s top pitchers Tuesday afternoon, Boyd’s powerful bats went mostly silent.

OUT AT HOME – Boyd catcher Savannah Foster tags out Ponder’s Madison Welch at the plate on a strong relay throw from Kelcei Ferguson. The Lady Yellowjackets fell to Ponder 5-2. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Ponder’s Jessica Orozco struck out 10 and limited Boyd to four hits in a 5-2 victory on the Lady Yellowjackets’ home field.

Orozco retired the first 12 batters she faced in order and held Boyd scoreless until the sixth inning.

“She held them well and the defense played solid behind her,” said Ponder coach Paige Wells. “Jessica always stays under control and throws strikes.”

With the win, Ponder took over sole possession of the 9-2A lead at 4-0. Ponder has wins over two of the league’s other playoff teams from last year – Brock and Boyd.

Boyd (15-4) fell to 2-1 in district.

“We’ll regroup and get back at it,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins.

Orozco kept Boyd hitters guessing all day with her riseball. Of her 10 strikeouts, six were looking.

“You strike out that many times, the defense doesn’t have to work much,” Hopkins said. “We also hit a bunch of can-of-corn popups into this wind.”

Boyd’s Chelsea Arlington, who had one of the four hits off Orozco and a RBI off a sacrifice fly in the sixth, said her Ponder counterpart wasn’t overpowering.

“She would go to her riseball, and we’d watch strikes go by and swing at bad pitches,” Arlington said. “She was definitely hittable.”

In the pitcher’s circle, Arlington kept Ponder scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Sage Stover beat out an infield single. She came home a batter later as Orozco tripled to left-center field.

In the fifth, Stover’s third infield single in four at-bats kept a Ponder rally going and drove in a run to put the Lady Lions up 2-0.

“Sage gave us a big spark and kept alive an inning,” Wells said.

Ponder added another run in the frame, taking advantage of a second Boyd error.

“We had a couple of meltdowns and gave them a couple of runs,” Hopkins said.

Down 3-0, Boyd finally got a pair of baserunners to start the fifth as Arlington doubled and Payton Salmon singled and stole second. But the Lady Yellowjackets could not capitalize on the opportunity and stranded them both.

Boyd left five runners on base over the last three innings. After Ponder tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth to go up 5-0, Boyd loaded the bases against Orozco on a walk and two hit batters with no one out.

But Boyd managed only two runs, as Orozco got two strikeouts around a sacrifice fly by Arlington and an infield single by Salmon.

Salmon was Boyd’s lone player with two hits.

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Softball Roundup: Lady Yellowjackets open 9-2A with a pair of victories

{{{*}}}The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets opened District 9-2A play with a pair of blowouts.

Boyd hammered Peaster 11-1 Friday and blew out Millsap 25-0 in three innings Monday.

Against Peaster, Boyd scored four runs in the first and five in the second to build a quick 9-0 lead.

Chelsea Arlington drove in three, going 2-for-3. Brittney Howard and Payton Salmon added two RBIs each on three hits apiece. Salmon doubled twice. Savannah Foster went 4-for-4 and scored three times.

Arlington allowed one unearned run on two hits and struck out five.

Monday, the Lady Yellowjackets scored 11 runs in each of the first two innings on the way to the 25-0 win over Millsap.

Amber Bowen, Howard and Chandler Hammon drove in three runs each.

Gabby Saldivar pitched three hitless and scoreless innings.

BROCK 12, ALVORD 0

The defending District 9-2A champion Brock Lady Eagles handed Alvord their first District 9-2A setback Monday, 12-0.

Brock’s Krysten Marr shut out the Lady Bulldogs, scattering six hits. Brittany Gayler had a pair of singles for Alvord.

Brock scored five runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead. The Lady Eagles plated five more in the top of the sixth.

NOCONA 9, BRIDGEPORT 7
ARCHER CITY 4, BRIDGEPORT 3
BRIDGEPORT 9, GUNTER 6

The Bridgeport Sissies dropped two of their three games over the weekend at the Bowie Tournament.

Nocona used an eight-run second to get past the Sissies, 9-7.

Cheyenne Davidson, Kensley Turner and Shiloh Weirich collected RBIs for Bridgeport. Turner went 2-for-2.

Archer City scored two runs in the fifth to edge Bridgeport 4-3.

Diana Garcia hit a two-run homer in the third for the Sissies.

Bridgeport ended the tournament with a 9-6 win over Gunter.

Davidson doubled and drove in four runs. Garcia tripled and had a RBI.

PARADISE 6, DECATUR 4
DECATUR 15, BOWIE JV 5
BOWIE 5, DECATUR 3
DECATUR 4, PERRIN-WHITT 2

The Decatur Lady Eagles went 2-2 at the Bowie Tournament, including a 4-2 win over Perrin-Whitt.

Brittany Roberts drove in two in the win over Perrin-Whitt.

In a 5-3 loss to Bowie, Kristina Pishotta doubled and drove in two.

Pishotta also had three hits in the Lady Eagles’ 15-5 win over the Bowie JV.

PARADISE 17, MILLSAP 2
PETROLIA 13, PARADISE 3

The Paradise Lady Panthers finished 3-1 at the Bowie Tournament over the weekend.

Petrolia beat the Lady Panthers 13-3 in the final on six hits and 10 Paradise errors.

Reagan Taylor doubled and tripled in the loss.

In a 17-2 win over Millsap Friday in 9-2A action, Taylor went 3-for-3 and knocked in five runs with a pair of doubles.

NORTHWEST 16, HALTOM 0

The Northwest Lady Texans pounded out 22 hits in a 16-0 victory over Haltom Friday.

Catherine Totty held Haltom scoreless on two hits over five innings with eight strikeouts.

Sydnee Hinkle homered, doubled and drove in four runs.

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Ponder’s big inning drops Paradise

{{{*}}}Trailing 2-1 in the third, the Ponder Lady Lions used a pair of infield singles to get things rolling.

After Makayla James and Sage Stover reached on infield singles and Jessica Orozco walked, catcher Andie Beer broke the game open with a two-run double to left-center field to put Ponder on the way to the 14-4 victory over the Paradise Lady Panthers in the District 9-2A opener.

Little Late

LITTLE LATE – A Ponder run gets by the tag of Paradise catcher Shelby Barclay during the Lady Lions’ 14-4 victory Wednesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Ponder plated six runs in the third on four hits and a pair of Paradise errors. They added five more in the sixth to reach the run-rule.

Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor said it was a tough third inning against the powerful Ponder lineup. Taylor was charged with all six runs in the frame, including the two that scored on a single by James against Shelby Lavigne in her second at-bat of the inning.

“It was difficult. They are strong hitters. I should have stepped up and relaxed,” Taylor said. “We’ve got to work hard in practice and push through it.”

James, the Lady Lions’ No. 9 hitter, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Facing one of the district’s top returning pitchers, Ponder’s Jessica Orozco, Paradise held their own at the plate despite missing two of their top hitters – Jett Preather and Allie Rutledge. Paradise had six hits against Orozco, who recorded 13 strikeouts. She punched out eight in the first three innings.

“The last three innings we hit the ball. They made the outs,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “They are a good team. I’m proud of the kids – they kept swinging.”

Paradise struck first, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. After Shelby Barclay singled to right, Darla Walterscheid ripped an 0-2 pitch down the third-base line for a RBI double. When Ponder leftfielder James misplayed the ball, Walterscheid raced around to score to make it 2-0.

Ponder cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning with a two-out, RBI triple by Madison Welch.

After its six-run third, Ponder added one in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead.

Paradise plated two in the top of the fifth to get back within four. Taylor drove home one of the runs with a triple to left-center.

Ponder put the game away with one in the bottom of the fifth and five in the sixth. Orozco ended the game with an RBI sacrifice fly to center.

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Softball Roundup: Guthrie, Gayler homer in Alvord win

{{{*}}}Reagan Guthrie and Brittany Gayler each went deep as the Alvord Lady Bulldogs blasted Millsap in the District 9-2A opener Tuesday.

Alvord moved to 1-0 in the league and 11-1 overall with the 18-0 win.

Gayler went 3-for-4 with a triple and the home run for Alvord. Five Lady Bulldogs had multiple hits. Guthrie, Mikena Mader, Kaely Beaver and Kayli Baker each went 2-for-4. Mader tripled and walked twice.

Alvord went to the Lindsay Tournament this weekend and will resume 9-2A play at 1 p.m. Monday at home against defending district champion Brock.

BOYD 14, GODLEY 4

Chandler Hammon belted a walk-off grand slam Tuesday for the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets.

In their final tuneup before District 9-2A play, Boyd pounded Godley 14-4 in five innings Tuesday.

Hammon drove in six runs, doubling and hitting the grand slam.

Boyd had 12 hits as a team and scored four runs in the second, six in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Brittney Howard, Kassiddy Lester and Chelsea Arlington drove in two runs each. Lester went 2-for-2 with a triple.

PERRIN-WHITT 2, BRIDGEPORT 1

Perrin-Whitt pushed across two unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth Tuesday to knock off the Bridgeport Sissies 2-1.

Hailey Hollingsworth pitched a solid game for the Sissies, striking out six and allowing the two unearned runs on two hits.

Cheyenne Davidson doubled twice, going 3-for-3, and scored the Sissies’ lone run. Bridgeport went to the Bowie Tournament this weekend.

NORTHWEST 9, FOSSIL RIDGE 1

Catherine Totty held Fossil Ridge to one run on four hits over seven innings as the Northwest Lady Texans won their District 4-5A opener Wednesday 9-1.

Totty struck out five and walked one.

Brianna Barnhill led off the sixth with a solo homer. She knocked in two runs, going 2-for-4. Totty, Tuesday DerMargosian and Kelsey Rhine drove in two runs each. Sydnee Hinkle went 2-for-2 with a triple.

PARADISE 19, BOWIE JV 0
PARADISE 6, DECATUR 4
PARADISE 1, PERRIN-WHITT 0

The Paradise Lady Panthers won all three games on the opening day of the Bowie Tournament Thursday.

Shelby Lavigne drove in six runs, homering and tripling as Paradise beat the Bowie JV 19-0. Shelby Barclay added a double and three RBIs.

The Lady Panthers scored six runs in the fifth to beat Decatur 6-4. Lavigne tripled and drove in two. Alyssa Munoz added two RBIs.

Brittany Roberts homered for Decatur as part of a four-run fourth.

Randa Taylor struck out six and held Perrin-Whitt to three hits in five innings in a 1-0 Paradise victory. Lavigne drove in the game’s lone run in the fourth.

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Petrolia sinks Lady Eagles

{{{*}}}With their top pitcher Kelsey Roberts unavailable, the Decatur Lady Eagles struggled to slow down Petrolia Tuesday.

Out at Third

OUT AT THIRD – Decatur’s Meagan Hastings slides into the tag at third during the Lady Eagles’ loss to Petrolia Tuesday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Petrolia scored 13 runs in the third on the way to a 17-4 victory at Decatur’s Lady Eagle Field.

Petrolia took advantage of nine errors and five walks by the Lady Eagles.

Coty Chase drove in four runs, going 3-for-4 for Petrolia. She doubled and singled in the 13-run third in which Petrolia sent 18 batters to the plate.

Kristina Pishotta led the Decatur offense, going 2-for-3. She tripled as part of a three-run third for the Lady Eagles.

Brianna Carter brought home Decatur’s first run, doubling in Pishotta in the first inning.

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