JOSHUA — Birdville used a six-run fourth inning to grab a 9-4 win on Friday at Joshua and force a decisive Game 3 in a Class 4A area-round softball series.
Hawks senior pitcher Susan Welborn went the distance, striking out six and allowing just six hits to an Owls team that scored 12 runs in Game 1 on Thursday. Welborn also contributed offensively, getting Birdville on the scoreboard first with a second-inning blast that easily cleared the fence in left-center field.
“We came out fighting for our lives,” Welborn said. “We were ready to play this time. This means everything to me. I’ve been here for four years, so I wanted to do it for my team and for everybody here.”
Welborn’s home run gave the Hawks an early lead, but Joshua answered right back in the second, taking a 2-1 lead on a Bailey Blair RBI and a Welborn wild pitch that plated a run.
Following a scoreless third inning, Birdville broke the game open in the fourth, batting around and doing six runs’ worth of damage. Morriah Haynes knocked a two-run single that chased Joshua starter Cayleigh Guthrie, and Jordan Hendrix had a two-run double later in the inning. Hendrix finished the night with three RBIs.
Five batters knocked in runs for the Hawks, who got timely hitting from all parts of their order.
“The kids were determined,” Hawks coach John Love said. “They were patient at the plate, waiting for the good pitch. We moved the runners really well.”
Game 3 is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joshua.
“We don’t care; we’ll play anywhere,” Love said. “I mean, the kids are ready to play whether it’s in the backyard or the parking lot; it doesn’t matter. We’re ready to play.”
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