Early exit hard to swallow for Lady Dawgs

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The Lady Bulldogs put together a great team for the 2016 season. Burnet’s girls entered post season play with a 21-4-1 overall record, and finished district as co-champs with a 9-1 record. They had great leadership from their five seniors and many thought a long playoff run was in store for this well balanced team.

Burnet met-up with the Wimberley Lady Texans in Llano on Thursday night for the Bi-District round of the state playoffs. The Lady Texans brought a quality team to the diamond, 24-9 on the year.

It wasn’t the first meeting between the two. Burnet played them in their third game of the season winning that contest, 6-4. It’s often been said it’s a difficult task to be a good team twice in the same season, and that proved to be true Thursday night.

Did the better team win? That depends on who you ask of course, but those in attendance will tell you Burnet didn’t have a stellar game, more than a handful of untimely errors allowed Wimberley many opportunities that they would not have had if Burnet had played a little cleaner in the field.

The Lady Dawgs did do a good job of keeping emotions in tact, there was no quit in their game, they fought hard right up to their final out, and no one pointed fingers. You win as a team, and lose as one. Burnet should be more than proud of these girls.

Things started off nicely for Coach Bledsoe’s crew. In the bottom of the first Lexey Parker reached base on a single and after stealing second and third she was plated by a Makenzie Carpenter single.

Ashley Hallmark connected for a RBI double scoring courtesy runner Kellie Gideon before the inning was done giving Burnet a 2-0 lead.

After quickly shutting down the Lady Texans in the top of the second Burnet’s first at bat had Bulldog fans on their feet. Sophomore Alex Barry picked out a good one and sent it over the far left field fence increasing Burnet’s lead to 3-0.

Wimberley added their first points of the game in the top of the third. A couple of singles, a fielders choice and an error led to two Lady Texan runs.

No one scored in the fourth and the Lady Dawgs went on to suffer through an offensive drought not scoring any runs in the fifth or sixth either. Wimberley took full advantage of that and tied-up the game in the top of the fifth with a leadoff homerun over the centerfield fence.

The top of the sixth was just one of those inning for the Lady Dawgs. Several very uncharacteristic errors ended up awarding Wimberley two runs putting them on top of the score board, 5-3.

Things continued to go just right for the Lady Texans in their final at bat. A double, a single, a homerun and a couple of more miscues added up to four insurance runs for the red and blue.

Vanessa Escamilla gave Burnet a little spark in their final at bat with a deep hit triple. Parker plated her with a single but the game soon ended, 9-4 in the Lady Texans favor.

Burnet didn’t have a bad game at the bat. They collected 10 hits in the contest led by a Barry homerun, a V. Escamilla triple, and a Hallmark double.

Singles were added by V. Escamilla with two; Parker, two; Carpenter, two; and Makenna Delill, one.

Carpenter pitched a complete game, seven innings, allowing 12 hits, three earned runs, and four walks with three strikeouts.

Burnet will say good-bye to some very hard to replace seniors, three of which have already signed to play at the next level. Best wishes to Makenzie Carpenter, Jill Rosow, Zoiee Still, Ashley Hallmark, and Vanessa Escamilla. Your mark on Burnet softball won’t soon be forgotten.  

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