Colleyville Heritage softball does enough to keep 6-5A mark spotless

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Rebecca Parks scattered two runs and six hits as Colleyville Heritage hung on for a 6-4 victory over Hurst L.D. Bell Tuesday night.

The win improved the Panthers to 10-11 on the season, but 7-0 in District 6-5A.

Still, Heritage stranded eight runners and had to thwart a seventh-inning rally by the defending district champs.

“I thought we did the things we needed to, in the last inning especially,” Parks said. “By the end there, they had already been through the order a couple of times and started to figure out what I was throwing.”

Parks (6-5) threw 86 pitches as Bell hitters worked deep into counts.

But Heritage stiffened on defense as the Blue Raiders (12-9, 5-2) left five runners stranded through the first five innings.

Parks worked out of a jam in the fourth, getting Bell pitcher Ashley Robinson to fly out to right with the bases loaded.

After getting the first out of the sixth, Parks was lifted for Fallon Dean after giving up a sharp single and having another runner reach on an error.

An errant throw allowed a runner to score, then Dean loaded the bases with a walk.

She helped herself out of a tight spot by scooping up Robinson’s dribbler and starting a 1-2-3 double play that ended the threat.

“That’s what worried me more were the plays that we didn’t get a glove on the ball or made a bad decision,” Heritage coach Allison Conaway said. “But it was evident we needed to do more at the plate, because we don’t normally leave that many runners on.”

Victoria Bratcher was 2 for 3 with a two-RBI triple in the second inning. She drew a walk and scored twice.

Breann Hall and Tess Eby also had RBI singles for Heritage.

For Bell, Valerie Page was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Lauren Mankel was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

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