In non-district softball play, Feb. 23-24, at the Melissa Sports Facility, the Lady Cardinals romped past Class 2A Blue Ridge, 20-5, on Friday and were topped by 5A Frisco Heritage, 5-2, on Saturday. Melissa (5-1) hosted the two contests after its scheduled tournament at J.J. Pearce High School was cancelled due to the rains.

In the run rule-shortened win over Blue Ridge, the Lady Cards pushed to a17-2 lead after two at-bats. The Lady Tigers had taken a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first but 17 walks by Blue Ridge pitchers would help open the scoring floodgates for Melissa. “We drove the ball well too,” Lady Cards head coach Eric Rodgers said. “We got rolling and it went well.”

Alexis Pevehouse collected a team-high 4 RBIs for Melissa, with a three-run homer in the second inning, and Maggie Rodgers slapped a three-run triple in the second. Kylee Brakebill also belted a triple, hers in the first inning. Savannah Rodriguez, Audrey Solomon and Anna Fortenberry each posted 2 RBIs, and Brakebill, Rodgers and Hannah Coyner all logged a stolen base.

Pevehouse pitched two innings, allowing two hits while striking out three. Rodgers came on for the final three outs, allowing two hits as well.

In the Heritage game, the Lady Coyotes broke open a tight game with three runs in the fifth to lead, 5-1. Melissa answered with a run in the sixth on Rodriguez’ sacrifice fly to center field that scored Brakebill from third. Brakebill had just stolen the base one pitch prior, her third of the game.

The Lady Cards led, 1-0, after one inning. Pevehouse and Brakebill opened that frame with back-to-back singles and Brakebill eventually stole second base and home. Heritage bounced back to lead, 2-1, after three at-bats, courtesy of a two-run single to left field.

Pevehouse went the whole way on the mound, striking out 14 and allowing six hits and three walks. The Lady Coyotes’ hurler gave up five hits and struck out six. Melissa was slowed by three errors.

“Today, we were just up on that front foot, didn’t make the adjustments as quick as we should have,” Coach Rodgers said. “We’re going to be alright. We did some good things today. … Nothing we did today is unfixable. We’re not doing anything that we’re just kicking the ground about. We’re fine.”