Girls come up short in district openers
Burnet JV Lady Bulldog pitcher Leah Ng delivers the ball during the girl’s district opener against Liberty Hill on Friday. Burnet suffered a 9-1 loss in the contest.
By Wayne Craig
The JV and varsity Lady Bulldog softball teams continued to struggle last week each dropping their district openers to Liberty Hill. The JV squad has suffered hardship through loss of players and needed three extra girls to field enough to play the Lady Panthers. The varsity girls did a great job early against state ranked Liberty Hill, but the Panthers started crushing the ball in the third and fourth which led to another tough loss. The JV game lasted three and a half innings before time expired with Liberty Hill leading 9-1. Liberty Hill scored three in the first and five in the top of the second before Burnet put together a string of hits to get on the board. In the bottom of the second Alex Barry was hit by a pitch to take first base. A Jayci Craig single moved Barry to third and she was plated by a Bella Parisher sacrifice. The Lady Panthers added one run in the top of the third to move the board to 9-1. Before the game ended Allie Richardson reached on a single but was stranded after back-to-back outs. Singles were recorded by Craig, Leah Ng, and Richardson. Parisher recorded Burnet’s only RBI and Barry was responsible for the run. Leah Ng handled the pitching duties for the Lady Dawgs and did a nice job staying in the game after taking a hard hit line-drive. In the varsity contest Burnet started out hot retiring Liberty Hill in the top of the first, three-up, three-down. Kaygen Floyd, Natalie Frank, and Alex Barry combined efforts for the outs in infield hits. Mackenzie Goertz hit a single in the first but the inning soon ended when Liberty Hill’s pitcher made an impressive snag on a solid hit ball by Samantha Robison. Liberty Hill put their first point on the board in the top of the second with a RBI single. With two on and two outs Robison struck-out the batter to get Burnet out of the inning only down, 1-0. In the bottom of the second Baby Romero reached base on a walk but was stranded. The Lady Panthers hit five singles and two doubles in the top of the third which opened up the game. Frank ended the onslaught with a pop-up catch at short stop, but the damage was done, 8-0. Following a lead off ground out in the bottom of the third, Jayci Craig reached base on an infield single, but back-to-back strikeouts left her stranded. A Liberty Hill double, triple, single and three-run dinger left Burnet in an even bigger hole after four, 14-0. Romero recorded a strikeout to end the top of the fifth. Craig reached base on a walk during Burnet’s final at bat but a pop-up and two strikeouts left her stranded and the Lady Dawgs scoreless as the game was called after five. Burnet recorded only three hits in the game. All singles by Frank, Goertz, and Craig. The Lady Dawgs will continue to work and move past the opening loss. They have two district games scheduled during spring break and will play Taylor on Thursday on the road, and Salado on Friday at home.