District play for Galveston County softball teams recently got underway, and although it’s still very early in the conference schedules, there should still be plenty to look forward to.
Here’s a rundown:
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
Teams in District 24-6A had their district openers Tuesday before turning to nondistrict tournament play later in the week. Pitching was the highlight of the first slate of games, first with Clear Creek’s Megan Lee (one hit, 10 strikeouts) out-dueling Clear Springs’ Kelly Maxwell (three hits, 11 strikeouts) in a 1-0 win for the Wildcats — with the winning run being driven in on a bases-loaded hit by pitch.
Clear Falls pitcher Payton Bean had the most impressive stat line of the night with a two-hit, 17-strikeout shutout in the Knights’ 5-0 win over Clear Brook. Friendswood picked up a big 6-5 win over a strong Dickinson side.
In District 23-5A, Texas City (3-0 in district) was swinging the hot bat with an 11-0 win over Ball High (1-1) on Tuesday and an 11-1 win over Fort Bend Elkins on Friday. Both wins were run-rule shortened games. So far, Santa Fe (3-0) is coping well with life without four-time county player of the year Shelbi Sunseri (now at LSU), topping Elkins, 12-2, on Tuesday and Fort Bend Marshall, 15-0, on Friday in a pair of run-rule games.
GAMES TO WATCH
Friendswood at Clear Falls — Two teams off to successful starts in District 24-6A play will look to see how they measure up in this game 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. After dominating Clear Brook last week, it’ll be interesting to see how Knights pitcher Bean fares against the stiffer competition that the Lady Mustangs will bring.
Alvin at Clear Creek — This matchup 6:30 p.m. Friday at Clear Creek features, perhaps, the two best pitchers in District 24-6A, as Wildcats ace Lee will duel the Lady Jackets’ Houston Cougars commit Rachel Hertenberger.
Texas City at Santa Fe — Both teams will likely still be undefeated in District 23-5A play when they tangle 6:30 p.m. Friday. In a district dominated by Santa Fe for years, Texas City may just have the firepower this season to contend for the 23-5A crown, and a win over the Lady Indians at their home field would be a huge statement made by the Lady Stings.
Editor’s note: Local baseball teams will begin district play next week.