2009-05-21 / Sports

Lady Eagles Top Navarro in Two

by Mike Organ

The Lexington softball team defeated Navarro of Geronimo in the first two games of a two-outof three format to advance to the Regional Quarterfinals against the Hallettsville-Blanco winner. Lexington took the first game 7-0 in easy fashion and had to battle to win the second 3-2 and send Navarro back to Geronimo with no scalps.

Game 1

The Lady Eagles opened fast scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, two in the top of the second and cruised to a 7-0 win over Geronimo Navarro. Jessica Parish and Ally Abshire keyed the win getting hits and scoring the first two times they batted. Rachel Knipstein did an excellent job on the mound allowing only two hits, walking one, and striking out 10.

Parish opened with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on the first of two consecutive fielding errors by the Navarro shortstop. Abshire also singled and scored on the second error by the shortstop. Lexington was up 2-0.

In the second inning Parish tripled with two out and scored easily on Abshire's canny double. In the third, some wildness by the Panther pitcher and a couple more fielding glitches put three runs on the board. All three runs were walked in by the pitcher after a walk, a single by Heather Mills and a fielder's choice by Ashton Johnston. Parish, Abshire, and Megan Scantlin worked RBI walks after the others loaded the bases. Parish ended the inning trying to delay steal home plate.

Rachel Knipstein was in command all the way. She allowed only one runner to reach third base. With the runner on third, Rachel struck out the batter to retire the side.

Game 2

This was a completely different game from the first. Neither team could score a run until Lexington broke through in the bottom of the third inning. Heather Mills opened with a solid single to right field. Ashton Johnston followed with a bunt. The pitcher threw to second trying to get Mills. The shortstop and second baseman collided going for the ball. The ball ended up in centerfield and Mills stopped at home plate. Johnston followed the play ending up at third. The second pitch to Jessica Parish was wild and Johnston cruised home with the second run.

The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning. Johnston hit a line drive between the right fielder and center that rolled all the way to the fence. Johnston's speed enabled her to compete the most exciting play in baseball, an inside the park home run. The homer put Lexington ahead 3-0 and would eventually be the game winning score.

Rachel Knipstein continued to keep Navarro from putting together a scoring opportunity, until the top of the seventh. With two out, an error put a runner on first. The next hitter reached on an infield hit. Awalk to the ensuing batter loaded the bases. A line single up the middle chased two runs across with the tying run at second. Rachel put a halt to the Navarro rally with her seventh strike out of the game.

Lexington is headed to the Regional Quarterfinals against the winner of the Blanco-Hallettsville series. The single game will be played either Monday or Tuesday night.

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