The Texas City Lady Stings’ bats continued to pack a punch as the team improved to 3-0 in District 23-5A with an 11-1 run-rule shortened win over Fort Bend Elkins at home Friday night.
Texas City has now outscored its first three district foes by a combined total of 39-1.
“They’re really jelling, they’ve got good chemistry,” Texas City head coach Jennifer Oregbesan said. “When one gets down, another one is able to pick them up. It’s just really nice to see right now — the team work and camaraderie. And that’s making us feel good at the plate, so we’re swinging the bats well.”
An error followed by a single by left fielder Deija Russell saw the Lady Knights grab a 1-0 lead in a two-out rally in the top of the first, but the Lady Stings struck back with a big bottom half of the frame and pretty much controlled the game from that point forward.
After center fielder Sydney Moore drew a one-out walk, shortstop Mya Holmes crushed a two-run home run well over the center field wall. Three Elkins errors and an RBI single by left fielder Makenzie Nevil in the bottom of the first helped Texas City plate two more runs.
“(The home run) was definitely big,” Oregbesan said. “She just kind of settled in and stroked it. She didn’t even look like she swung for a home run. She just kind of parked it outside, but we’ll take it.”
Although the Lady Stings defense got off to a rocky start with two errors in the first two innings, the unit settled down and came up with some nice plays, including two rally-killing double plays in the top of the third and top of the fourth.
“It was just a matter of them getting comfortable back out on the field,” Oregbesan said.
In the bottom of the second, pitcher Deborah Jaeger led off with a bomb off the center field wall for a triple, and she was driven home by a perfectly placed bunt single by Moore.
A leadoff walk drawn by second baseman Brooke Howard, a fielder’s choice and two errors got the scoring started for Texas City in a four-run bottom of the fourth. The next run scored on a wild pitch, and then catcher Stormie Gutierrez smacked an RBI single to left before Nevil sent an RBI double into center field for a 9-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, first baseman Lily Reid turned on the jets on the base paths, lacing a leadoff triple to the center field wall. Reid was nearly caught stealing home on a fielder’s choice, but managed to escape the rundown. Jaeger was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Moore came through with the two-run walk-off single to wrap up the win.
Collecting multi-hit games for Texas City were Moore (2-for-3, three RBIs, two runs), Holmes (2-for-3, two RBIs, two runs) and Nevil (2-for-3, two RBIs).
Jaeger went the distance in the circle, scattering four hits and one walk over five innings with two strikeouts and one unearned run.