MELISSA SOFTBALL ROUNDUP
Lady Cards explode past Gainesville again
Melissa’s Lady Cardinals rolled to 25-0 run-rule victory over Gainesville on Friday, improving their second-place district mark to 4-2 while the Lady Leopards dropped to 0-6. The Lady Cards downed Gainesville, 23-0, on March 11.
Savannah Rodriguez went 2-for-3 at the plate for Melissa, with a home run and a double for 5 RBI, while teammate Macy Stewart had a 2-for-3 outing with 4 RBI. Bryton Wright swatted a homer, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, Alexis Pevehouse went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and Kylee Brakebill posted 3 RBI on a 1-for-1 night with three walks. The Lady Cards outhit Gainesville, 14-2.
In the pitcher’s circle for Melissa, Wright tossed 2.2 innings, striking out seven and walking none, with two hits allowed. Audrey Solomon came on for the final out, a grounder to shortstop Trinity Needham who fired to Pevehouse at first.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Melissa 17 6 2 X X X X 25 14 1
Gainesville 0 0 0 X X X X 0 2 2
Aubrey shuts out Lady Cards
MELISSA – At the midpoint of the District 11-4A race, Aubrey’s Lady Chaparrals find themselves alone at the top of the heap with a 5-0 record. That statement is correct due to their 4-0 win over Melissa on March 26 at the Melissa Sports Facility, a victory boosted by LSU-commit Laney Roos firing a complete-game four-hitter with eight strikeouts.
It’s been feast or famine of late in run production for the Lady Cards, now with two shutout losses sandwiching their 20-run outing at Sanger on March 22. Melissa is now tied for second in the district standings with a 3-2 mark.
“It’s simple,” Lady Cards head coach Eric Rodgers said. “We’ve got to make plays when they’re there and we’ve got to put the ball in play better. I know we’re trying. It’s not like we’re not trying. … It just seems like it’s happened to us in the last two big games - just a mishap here or there. And we’re not hitting the ball where we need it to be.
“We’re going to be fine. They [the players] know we’re OK. We’re still right there, tied for second. We’re going to go back to work tomorrow and look forward to the second round. I have full faith in them.”
Melissa starter Alexis Pevehouse went 5.2 innings in the circle, permitting five hits and three earned runs while striking out six and walking two. Bryton Wright worked the final four outs for the Lady Cards, allowing one hit and no runs with no walks and no Ks. Pevehouse went 2-for-3 at the plate and collected Melissa’s lone extra-base hit - a lead-off double in the fourth inning.
For the Lady Chaps, Laureen Trott knocked three doubles on a 3-for-4 evening with 2 RBI, while teammate Kaelyn Cash swatted a triple. “We happy where we’re at,” Aubrey head coach Shon Ranton said. “We faced a good Melissa team today. Pevehouse was pitching very good. We just got her for a couple of innings. … We had some clutch hitting. We left some people on base. We didn’t score everybody that was out there but when we face some good teams you can’t do that all the time.”
As for Roos’s turn in the circle, Ranton said, “She was not putting a lot of movement on the ball or anything. Just getting ahead of the count, trying to locate.”
Trouble started for Melissa in the third inning when the Lady Chaps’ 9-hole hitter, Cash, sent her triple to the right-field wall. Roos then singled in the hole into left field, scoring Cash. Next up, Trott collected her first two-bagger, a shot to deep center field which plated Roos for a 2-0 Aubrey lead.
The Lady Chaps struck for two more in the fifth. Cash was hit by a pitch to lead off and, after a ground out to Maggie Rodgers at second, Trott doubled again to center to get Cash home. Another ground-out to Rodgers plated Aubrey’s fourth run before Pevehouse fanned the next batter for Out 3.
The Lady Cards had chances to get on the board, especially in the first, fourth and sixth innings. With two down in the first, Melissa had something going when Pevehouse and Aubrey Solomon smacked back-to-back singles - but a ground out to second would end the threat. In the fourth, Pevehouse’s lead-off double to right went for naught when Roos struck out the side. In the sixth, Trinity Needham got to third, aided by an error and two passed balls, and Solomon walked - but with two outs, another ground out left them stranded.
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Aubrey 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 4 6 1
Melissa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0