2013-03-07 / Sports

Lady Eagles 2nd @ Weimar

by Mike Organ

Courtney Robertson tags the runner at home. 
PHOTO BY CINDY BEXLEY. Courtney Robertson tags the runner at home. PHOTO BY CINDY BEXLEY. The Lexington Lady Eagles went 2-1 in pool play on Thursday and turned that performance into a bid for the championship of the Weimar Softball Tourney. Lexington defeated Wharton and Weimar on Thursday and lost to Ganado. That performance matched them against El Campo Saturday. Defeating El Campo qualified Lexington to play in the championship game versus Weimar. Weimar defeated the Lady Eagles 8-2 for the title.

Lexington defeated Wharton in Thursday’s first game 10-1. The Lady Eagles got a strong pitching performance from Courtney Robertson, and a strong 10-hit offense. Lexington put up the first three runs in the bottom of the second. Meghann Wrinkle bunted to reach first. The third of three consecutive bunts caused an error by the second baseman, allowing the first run to score. A little greedy base running saw a putout at home. A single by Mariah Thornton plated the next run. Melanie Scantlin reached on a fielder’s choice, and an error got the third run home. The other seven runs came in the fourth inning. Madison Bexley singled, Thornton singled, and Scantlin reached on an error. Bailey Reynolds drew a walk, as did Mackenzie Brown, to force home two runs. Alyssa Mireles reached on an error in front of Robertson’s sacrifice fly. Wrinkle then unloaded the pads with a threerun homer to right center.

Meghann Wrinkle gets kudos from her team after hitting a homerun during the Weimar Tourney. 
PHOTO BY CINDY BEXLEY. Meghann Wrinkle gets kudos from her team after hitting a homerun during the Weimar Tourney. PHOTO BY CINDY BEXLEY. Thursday’s second game is one of those you would like to forget. The Ganado Indians hit Eagle pitching for 12 hits and 11 runs in an 11-4 defeat. Ganado scored in every inning of the six inning affair. Lexington scored three of their four in the third inning. Reynolds led off with a single. Brown reached on a fielder’s choice, as they tried unsuccessfully to get Reynolds. Kristen Boettcher singled home the first run, and Robertson singled home the next two. The other run came in the fifth on a bunt by Brown and a double by Robertson. The four runs were not enough to offset the 11 runs the Squaws put on the board.

The third game of the day was a stat builder. Lexington played Weimar and lambasted the Lady Cats 18-0. This game was hard to figure. This was the same team that beat Lexington 2-0 in Rockdale, with one difference - a different pitcher. Lexington pounded out 12 hits to go with the 10 errors Weimar committed. After failing to score in the top of the first, Lexington pushed one run across in the second. Robertson walked to lead off. With two outs, Bexley hit a fly ball to center that was misplayed, allowing the run to score. In the third inning Lexington exploded with two outs. Brown singled, Boettcher walked, and Robertson hit a three-run dinger. Wrinkle singled, Tayllor Lagrone doubled, and Bexley reached on an error, as did Mireles. Six runs scored with two outs. Six more runs came in the fourth. Reynolds singled, Brown reached on an error, and Boettcher reached on an ill advised fielder’s choice. Robertson singled home a run, Lagrone did the same, and Bexley reached on an error, for the third time in the game, as a run scored. Bexley then scored on an error on Thornton’s batted ball. Five more in the fifth sealed the game. Brown singled to lead off, and Robertson pounded her second homer of the game for two runs. Wrinkle singled, Lagrone reached on an error, and Belxey singled home a run. Bexley then scored on Brown’s second single of the inning.

Saturday morning the Eagles faced El Campo, defeating the Lady Ricebirds 3-1. Meghann Wrinkle pitched a four-hitter, and the offense got timely hits. Reynolds walked on four pitches to lead off. Three balls to the screen, while Brown was at-bat, tied the score. Lexington took the lead in the second when Wrinkle doubled to lead off. Bexley singled home what proved to be the winning run. Lexington picked up an insurance run in the fifth on a single by Scantlin. Scantlin stole second and third. Then she scored on a passed ball by the El Campo catcher.

The championship game was a whole different story from Thursday. The Lady Eagles took the early lead with two runs in the fourth. Bailey Reynolds led off with a walk. Brown singled her to second. Reynolds moved to third on a wild pitch. Robertson reached on an error by the pitcher, allowing Reynolds to score. Brown scored on Wrinkle’s ground out to short. Weimar answered back, by taking the lead in the fifth on three runs. A single, a fielder’s choice, a walk, a single, a fielder’s choice, and a walk was enough offense for three runs. Lexington mounted a little charge in their half of the fifth, with two singles, but could not push a run across. Weimar blew the game open with five in the top of the sixth.

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