ROYCE CITY — The Class 4A softball regional quarterfinals were the ideal setting for Mansfield Legacy senior third baseman Kolbee Gray to hit her first career home run.
The two-run shot would be the game-winning play of Legacy’s 4-2 victory over Sulphur Springs at Royce City High School on Friday.
In the top of the fifth inning, Gray sent a line shot just over the wall in left field. Having never hit a home run, Gray said she had no idea what she had just done.
“I didn’t know until I rounded second base and they told me to slow down,” Gray said.
Gray’s shot added two runs to the 2-1 lead Legacy (29-7) had already established over Sulphur Springs (22-13) heading into the fifth inning.
Legacy scored first when freshman catcher Reagan Wright slid under a Sulphur Springs tag at home after a wild pitch from Wildcats starting pitcher Hailey Dixon.
Dixon found her control and held Legacy scoreless after the initial run until the top of the fourth, when senior left fielder Kaitlin Nelson drove in junior pitcher Ryan Wright on a single to right.
Efficiency didn’t mark Wright’s performance, but she showed gritty determination by working out of a couple bases-loaded jams to pick up the win.
Wright allowed two runs on two hits, both unearned, in six innings, striking out eight.
“She struggled a little bit in the second inning but she came through and our defense picked her up and she finally found her rhythm and did a great job,” Legacy coach Michelle Mayfield said.
After a ground-out plated Sulphur Spring’s second run of the game in the bottom of the seventh, freshman pitcher Karlie Milburn came in and picked up the save, throwing a quick 12 pitches.
Legacy advances to the Region II semifinals to face Frisco. Time and location has not been set.
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