Lady Eagles Season Ends
Lexington scored early in the game and fought off several Hallettsville charges before succumbing to the Lady Brahma charge in the top of the seventh inning. The loss ends Lexington's softball season with a final record of 23-8-1. It was a very successful season for first year coach Ryan Starnes and the Lady Eagles.
Lexington's lone run came in the second inning. Rachel Knipstein walked to lead off. Stefanie Albreight entered as the courtesy runner for Rachel. Haley Jatzlau bunted the runner to second. A passed ball by the Hallettsville catcher allowed Albreight to advance to third. Sara Knipstein was hit by a pitch, moving to second on another passed ball. Sara moved to third on a grounder by Heather Mills when the shortstop threw home to get Albreight. Ashton Johnston slapped a single to load the bases. Jessica Parish then singled home Sara.
Lexington had something going in the third inning also. Megan Scantlin reached on an error. Shelby Tackett forced Scantlin at second. Rachel singled to put runners at first and second. Jatzlau hit back to the pitcher who threw out Tackett at third for the second out. A strike out followed to end the inning. That was the last threat Lexington managed in the game.
Hallettsville had a scoring opportunity in the top of the second on a two out triple. Rachel Knipstein got the next hitter to pop out to short ending the mini-threat. Consecutive one-out singles in the third got another threat going for the Lady Brahmas. A fly ball to right field and a strike out by Rachel put an end to that threat. In the fourth another Heifer threat arose on a one-out single and an Eagle error. A grounder to the pitcher and a strike out ended that effort. All the while Lexington was clinging to the 1-0 lead.
Hallettsville broke through in the sixth on a lead-off single and a sacrifice bunt put a the runner in scoring position. A Rachel strike out gave fans a little ease. But the next Brahma hitter drove a single up the middle to tie the game. A force out at second ended the inning.
In the seventh inning Hallettsville scored the winning runs. A lead off single followed a missed out on a pop foul behind first base. A bobbled ball resulted in a close play at first going in the runner's favor to put two on base. A bunt that was obviously was kicked by the runner was missed by the game officials. The omission was debated by the home plate umpire and Coach Ryan Starnes for a period of time. When no concessions were made by the umpires play resumed. With the bases loaded and emotions high, a walk followed to force in what proved to be the winning run. A single up the middle got the second run of the inning. A grounder to short got a force at second as another run scored giving Hallettsville the final 4-1 lead.
Lexington went one, two, three in the bottom of the seventh to end the game and season.