Beckville Ladycats Take Advantage of Grapeland’s Wildness in Game 1 Win
NACOGDOCHES — The Beckville Ladycats only managed four hits against Grapeland in Game 1 of their Class A Region III final series.
It was plenty.
The Ladycats took advantage of an erratic outing from Grapeland pitcher Baylee Lumbreraz, who walked eight, in a 6-1 victory on Friday.
The win moved Beckville one win from next week's UIL State Softball Tournament.
Both Taylor Lindsey and Cassidi Whitaker drew walks from Lumbreraz to open the first, and Shelbi Dotson loaded the bases with one out when she reached on a Grapeland error.
Lumbreraz then walked Lawhorn to bring in Lindsey, and Whitaker came around to score on a wild pitch during the next at-bat.
Beckville then broke things open in the third, again thanks in part to Lawhorn.
Dotson led off the inning with a walk before Lawhorn drove a double to the wall in left-center field to bring Dotson home.
After Lumbreraz got Ivy Rieke to foul out to catcher Clara Shaw, Madison McDaniel drove her own double to almost the exact spot as Lawhorn, which gave Beckville a 4-0 lead.
The Ladycats added another run later in the inning with two outs when Ashley Cook hit a line drive that ricocheted off of Lumbreraz and rolled to Julie Riess at third. Riess had to rush the throw, which was high and late. That allowed Kimber Wesner, running for McDaniel, to score and make it 5-0 Beckville.
Grapeland didn't get its first hit until the fifth inning, a leadoff single by Amy Brown. The Sandiettes managed just two hits and five baserunners total against Lawhorn, who struck out four to grab the pitching win for Beckville.
The series resumes with Game 2 at 4 p.m. Saturday back in Nacogdoches.