Lady Dog sluggers off to solid 2-2 start

The Brady varsity softball team is back in action this season and already has four games under its belt, two of which are victories. In the season opener against Wall last Tuesday, the Brady girls scored 13 runs off of six hits and downed the hosting Wall girls, 13-3. “Wall had seven fielding errors and we only had two girls strike out and two girls walk in four innings. The rest of the time, the girls were putting the bats on the softball,” said coach Micki Templeton. Brooke Young pitched four innings for Brady, faced 18 batters and only gave up one hit and three runs. She walked one batter and struck out eight. Jana Partin batted in three runs for Brady and posted a triple while five others added RBIs all coming on singles. On Friday, the Brady girls hosted Grape Creek and until a defensive lapse in the sixth inning, were leading 5-4. When it was said and done, the visiting Eagles ended up on top, 15-5. “We were leading until the top of the sixth when our errors and mistakes came through and Grape Creek took advantage of each one,” said the coach. “We had 11 fielding errors and over half of them came in that inning.” Brooke Young pitched a full game and only gave up 10 hits from 44 at bats. Offensively, Erin Rainey brought in two RBIs on one single, Kaleigh Adams had one RBI, Stacy Lohn hit one single and Partin hit two. In a doubleheader on Saturday, the team traveled to Bangs where they split a pair of games posting a 5-4 win over Ballinger before falling to Bangs, 10-0. “In our win over Ballinger, the girls were hitting the ball and making the defense do their job,” said Templeton. “The girls are really working hard and trying to get better each and every day.” Young again took the mound for Brady and pitched five innings and faced 18 batters. She posted five strike outs, walked one and only gave up one earned run. Offensively, Lohn, Partin, Ashley Salinas, Young and Brittany Brown all added points or hits in the winning effort. Lohn and Partin each posted a triple. In the 10-0 loss to Bangs, fielding errors allowed Bangs to capitalize on Brady’s mishaps. They scored 10 runs on six hits. “We had some trouble fielding and throwing cleanly, but we are getting the bats and gloves on the ball. Now we just need to hit the ball harder and field the ball cleanly without any mishaps and we will be on our way,” said Templeton. Kaleigh Adams shared the mound with Young and pitched two innings and faced 12 batters giving up six runs with one walk and one strike out. Young faced 14 batters and gave up six hits and four runs with two strike outs. The varsity team will travel to Eldorado on Friday for their next matchup while the junior varsity will begin their season next Thursday when they host Ballinger.

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