Brady softball teams improve, still battling defensive errors

Another pair of games went by the wayside for the Brady Lady Bulldog softball team last week as they dropped a game on the road against Abilene-Wylie before losing at home to Early Friday night. “Despite the ending scores of the games, the girls are doing a good job,” said coach Micki Templeton. “We are still a young team making young team mistakes. Both of our opponents this week did a great job of hitting the ball into play, we just have to do better at fielding and throwing.” Brady traveled to Abilene Tuesday and battled the strong Wylie offense. The outgunned Bulldogs fell to the home team, 20-0. Pitcher Brooke Young pitched four innings and faced 39 batters. She gave up 12 hits including seven singles, two doubles and two triples. She struck out five Wylie batters, walked five and pitched 40 strikes and 49 balls. “We had 10 Wylie players get on base due to errors on our behalf,” said the coach. “We are still working on cutting down on the number of errors. If we do that, we will be in business.” At home Friday against Early, the varsity squad again tried to curtail the scoring efforts of their opponent but to no avail. “Our defense did a good job of stopping the ball, but we couldn’t make effective throws to get the outs,” said Templeton. Eight Early players reached base on Brady’s errors leading the way to a flurry of runs scored by the Longhorns in the third inning. The losses drop the Lady Bulldogs to 5-15 on the season and 0-7 in district. H The JV softball team found itself in a hitter’s battle last week when they hosted Ballinger and lost, 28-21. Christina Castro and Chelsea Brown shared the pitching duties on the night each going 2 1/2 innings. Castro started and faced 18 batters. She gave up three hits and threw 26 strikes and 45 balls. Brown pitched the second half and threw 24 strikes, 49 balls and allowed four hits. “Defensively, if we make fewer mistakes, we’ll come out on top,” said coach Templeton. “The big numbers in errors did not help us. If we fix that problem, we will do all right.” Brady started off with a 4-3 first inning, but Ballinger came back in the second and added five more runs. The Bearcats widened the gap in the third and fourth, but Brady posted 10 in the fifth in a great attempt at a comeback. Ashley Hext led the hitting for Brady with three singles. Chelsea Brown added two and Heather Delafuente posted a single, a double and three RBIs. Others with base hits included Elizabeth Ramirez, Stephanie Escobedo and Katherine Ramon.

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