Lady Cardinals eliminated by district rival Aubrey 9-6

By Rick Bailey
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune

Melissa - Melissa’s (24-2) playoff run ended abruptly after they dropped a 9-6 loss to District 9-4A rival Aubrey (20-7). Aubrey was able to capitalize and take advantage of the Cardinal’s pitching staff as they scored nine runs.  The Lady Cardinals tried to answer the bell, but could only come up with six runs. 

Aubrey will now face off against the winner of the Gilmer (21-11-1) and Pleasant Grove (16-7-1). Pleasant Grove won the first game of the three game series 5-2. They were scheduled to face off on Saturday, May 15 for the finish of the series. 

Melissa Season Stats - (through Ranchview playoff series)  

Season leaders for Melissa on offense include: Batting Average - Rachel Wells .606, Emily Johnson .500, Kindred Johnson . 479, Autumn Bell .467, Bryton Wright .452, Cristie Stevenson .370, Aeryn Shuman .357 and Kailyn Wells .298. All stats from MaxPreps. 

Season leaders for Melissa on offense include: On Base Percentage (OBP) - Rachel Wells .667, Emily Johnson .618, Bryton Wright .575, Kindred Johnson .563, Autumn Bell .545, Cristie Stevenson .541, Aeryn Shuman .514 and Kailyn Wells .444. All stats from MaxPreps.

Lady Cardinal leaders in runs scored include: Emily Johnson 42, Kindred Johnson 41, Autumn Bell 34, Rachel Wells 31, Cristie Stevenson 25, Kaitlyn Wells 20, Aeryn Shuman 19, Lily Dye 18 and Emmah Ellis 13. All stats from MaxPreps.

Melissa’s leaders in runs batted in (RBI) include: Rachel Wells 47, Kindred Johnson 32, Emily Johnson 29, Bryton Wright 29, Autumn Bell 27, Cristie Stevenson 19, Kaitlyn Wells 19, Aeryn Shuman 14 and Lily Dye 10. All stats from MaxPreps.

Lady Cardinal leaders in extra base hits include: Doubles - Emily Johnson 12, Rachel Wells 11, Kindred Johnson 9, Autumn Bell 7, Aeryn Shuman 6,  Bryton Wright 5, Kaitlyn Wells 4 and Cristie Stevenson 2. All stats from MaxPreps.

Lady Cardinal leaders in extra base hits include: Triples - Emily Johnson 6, Kindred Johnson 3, Autumn Bell 3, Kaitlyn Wells 2, Cristie Stevenson 1 and Rachel Wells 1.

Lady Cardinal leaders in extra base hits include: Home Runs - Rachel Wells 12, Bryton Wright 6, Kaitlyn Wells 3, Emily Johnson 2, Autumn Bell 2, Cristie Stevenson 2 and Kindred Johnson 1. All stats from MaxPreps.

Junior Bryton Wright continues to be stellar on the mound for the Lady Cardinals with an impeccable 23-1 record. Wright has a 0.29 Earned Run Average (ERA) for the season combined with a .098 batting average against (OBA),  1.49 On Base Percentage Allowed (OBPA) and 237 strikeouts (average of 9.87 strikeouts per game), 13 shut out games, 7 no hitters, 4 perfect games. All stats from MaxPreps.