FLOWER MOUND — District 6-5A softball champion Hurst L.D. Bell was shown the early playoff exit door Monday as upstart Lewisville hammered home a 14-0 win in the third and deciding game of a Class 5A bi-district series at Flower Mound High School.
The Farmers (21-12) will meet Mansfield in the area round.
The loss by Bell (26-7) loss cut short a promising potential playoff run after going through its district schedule undefeated.
“The better team just beat us tonight,” Bell coach Thomas Shives said. “I thought we handled things well on Friday, but they just got hot with the bat and we made too many mistakes and gave them too many outs.”
Blue Raiders pitcher Laura Lewis struggled Monday despite throwing a shutout in Game 1. Lewisville bats came alive in the final two games.
Lewisville catcher Emily Lasky put an exclamation point on the Farmers’ offense with a grand slam in the fourth inning.
That made it 9-0 before Miranda Worthington hit a three-run blast in the fifth to make it 14-0 and secure the five-inning victory.
Lewisville’s win wasn’t by accident. The Farmers suffered losses down the stretch in district play after the loss of pitching ace Maribeth Gorsuch and fell to fourth place in District 5-5A.
She injured her ribs late in the season but rebounded Monday to pitch two scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth.
“We really needed to rely on the bats with her gone and we didn’t do that in Game 1,” Lewisville coach Lori Alexander said. “Tonight was one of those situations where we were going to force Laura to throw strikes at us. The girls just got some great pitches to hit.”
Bell’s own offense went dormant as the Raiders couldn’t take advantage of key hits and walks to start a rally.
Lewisville’s Chloe Campise tossed three innings, giving up two hits with two strikeouts, but four walks.
Bell’s best opportunity came in the third when Campise walked the first three batters of the inning. But easy flyballs ended the inning.
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