Lady Bulldogs lose two in district openers

The Brady varsity Lady Bulldog softball team’s record dropped to 5-10 and 0-2 in district Tueday when they fell to the Early Longhorns, 8-0. Looking to rebound after a 13-0 loss to Abilene-Wylie, the Lady Bulldogs faced a talented Early pitcher who zinged 31 strikes and only 18 balls in the seven inning game. “Early’s pitcher was right on and gave us fits in the batter’s box,” said coach Micki Templeton. ” Brady managed only three hits coming from Melissa Sanchez’s single and Chelsea Brown’s two singles. “Offensively we were at bat 24 times and with only three hits. We struck out 11 times and the other 10 were hit into play, but Early’s defense was perfect and did not give us any errors to which we could take advantage.” Brooke Young pitched six innings for the Bulldogs and faced 34 batters. Early posted eight runs on six hits and had five strikeouts and seven walks. In the district opener on Friday, Brady hosted Wylie and lost the game in five innings, 13-0. Errors in the field again proved to be costly for the Lady Bulldogs allowing Wylie to post eight runs in the fourth inning. “We had only two errors in the first three innings, but we fell apart in the fouth and that gave Wylie all the help they needed,” said the coach. “Wylie is the type of team that capitalizes on mistakes and tonight, they did just that.” Young was the pitcher for this contest as well and in five innings faced 36 batters and gave up 13 hits which included five strikeouts and six walks. During the week of spring break, the Lady Bulldogs played in the Miles Tournament and went 2-3 in the week’s games. “Overall, the girls did very well in the entire tournament,” said the coach. “Offensively we are getting stronger and defensively we are making fewer mistakes, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have to keep improving if we want to keep winning games.” In the Miles tourney, the Bulldogs posted their first win right out of the box with a two-inning 13-2 victory over the Grape Creek JV. Chelsea Brown pitched and faced only nine batters. Offensively, Brady took advantage of four fielding errors and scored all 13 runs in the first inning. Brady won the second game of the tournament over the Lakeview JV team, 3-1 in four innings. Brittany Brown, Chelsea Rutherford and Trista Jeffrey had singles in the game and Kaeligh Adams posted an in-the-park homerun. The Bulldogs faced the Lakeview JV again in their third matchup and this time lost 9-4. In the final two games, Sonora used a six run first inning to gain a lead they would never relinquish as they downed Brady 9-2 while the girls from Wall narrowly edged Brady 6-5 in the fifth game of the two-day series. “We had a lot of good pitching and a lot of good play overall,” said the coach, “but we still have a lot of improvement to make. The girls are working hard and their determination is going to pay off in the long run.”

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