The Panther softball team slammed into their season with a decisive 14-4 win over St. Michaels of Austin on Wednesday, February 15. The Panthers closed the game in five innings under the 10-run rule. Callie Culton pitched an impressive season-opener with 11 strike-outs and only two walks and three hits.
Kelsey Schwind went 4 of 4 at bat with two singles, a double, and a triple. Abbie Culton and Callie Culton each hit 2 of 3 and Angel Williams knocked in three RBI.
On Thursday, February 16, the Blanco squad traveled to the Huber Softball Complex in Seguin to play in a tournament hosted by Navarro. In their first game, the Panthers defeated 4A El Paso Riverside, 7-2. Culton again pitched for the win with six strike-outs, no walks, and four hits. Angels Williams hit 3 of 3 with three singles, with two RBI. Callie Culton hit two singles with three RBI. Catcher Jamie McClinton made an outstanding throwdown for the out to shortstop Leslie McClinton at second base.
Later that evening the Panthers faced Antonian for another win. Meaghen Seales pitched five innings, with Culton closing in the sixth. Leslie McClinton hit a double for two RBI and Seales hit two singles. Callie Culton and Kelsey Schwind added a double each. Defensively, catcher Angel Williams and shortstop Leslie McClinton combines on a throwdown at second for an out. Then with an Antonian runner caught in a pickle between third and home, Williams and McClinton got the out.
On February 17 the Panthers pounced on Poth with a 24-0 shut-out. Seales pitched with three strike-outs and Culton closed in the fifth inning. The shut-out ended on a double play by Schwind catching a high drive and then tagging first base for the final out.
The remainder of the tournament was rained out on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Panthers finished third out of 29 teams.