The Blanco softball team defeated Johnson City, 7-1, on Tuesday, March 30.
Angel Williams got the Panthers moving with a double in the second inning, bringing home Lacee Hunter and Hayley Fishbeck for two RBI’s. In the third inning, Leslie McClinton took first base after getting hit by a pitch. Hunter then nailed a triple to bring McClinton in for the run. Callie Culton walked to first in the fifth inning and McClinton hit a double, sending Callie to the homeplate. In the sixth inning, Kelsey Schwind hit a single; Chandler Ashley moved Schwind to second and Williams walked to load the bases. Alex Gustafson hit a hard grounder with two RBI’s on an error by the shortstop. Schwind and Ashley ran home to score the runs. Williams stole home on a wild pitch on the next play.
An outstanding defensive play was made by Hillary Calzoncit as she stopped a grounder to third base and threw the ball to Gustafson, who tagged the runner out at homeplate. Second baseman Fishbeck made a double-play by catching a fly ball for an out, then throwing to Schwind at first, catching the runner off the base for the next out.
Culton pitched for the win with five strike-outs, two walks, five hits and five runners stranded.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Lady Panthers recorded a 23-1 runaway victory over the Brooks Lady Bengals.
Megan Brown started the batting with a double and an RBI in the first inning; Fishbeck added a single and an RBI, Gustafson hit a single and two RBI’s, and Schwind ripped a hard grounder past the shortstop for a base hit and two RBI’s. In the second inning Fishbeck hit another single and Calzoncit hammered a double with an RBI. Williams then added a single with another RBI. The third inning was a slugfest for the Panthers. Culton smacked a hit for a homerun to begin the hit-a-thon. Then, with McClinton on first, Schwind hit a high line-drive homerun to bring in two runs. Mackenzie Johnson added a hard single to third for an RBI and Lauren Winn smashed another hard single to third. Williams hit another single for two more RBI’s. Schwind then added her second homerun of the game and two more RBI’s. Mishelle Calzoncit nailed a double and Johnson laid down a bunt to advance Calzoncit home.
Chandler Ashley pitched with four strike-outs and one walk for the Blanco win.
The Junior Varsity softball team beat the Lady Eagles, 11-6. Echoe Burkhart hit a single with three RBI’s, while Elise Edmondson smacked a single and a double for two RBI’s, Justine Cooley added a single and a RBI, and Mishelle Calzoncit had a double with a RBI. Micaela Klein, Mackenzie Johnson, and Monica Flores each made a single. Maegan Wilson made a nice defensive play, catching a high fly-ball to centerfield to end the game. Haley Fishbeck pitched three-and-a-half innings with Angel Williams closing the game for the Panthers.
The Lady Panthers next district match-up will be in Blanco on Saturday, April 10, against the Harper Lady Horns. The Junior Varsity game begins at 4:30, followed by the Varsity at 6:00. Then on Tuesday, April 13, they will make the trip to Comfort to take on the Deer. Game times are 5:00 for the JV and 7:00 for Varsity.