With a strong start to their season, the varsity and junior varsity Aledo Ladycats softball teams again had a chance to display their talent when they faced the Granbury Lady Pirates on Friday.
Going into that showdown with their district rivals, the varsity team held a 12-4 record and a perfect 5-0 record in district. The junior varsity team had lost just one game all season.
Both teams came up on top when the JV team bested Granbury, 7-2, and the varsity won 10-0.
"We looked good," said varsity Coach Jeff Lemons. "We did what we needed to do."
Varsity’s Lauren Durham started the game and shut the Lady Pirates down for three innings, but was not allowed to pitch long because she is recovering from a pulled back muscle. Durham’s outing started with two strikeouts in the first inning.
The Ladycats’ offense took over in the bottom of the first, jumping on the Lady Pirates’ starter for seven runs. The Ladycats scored a run in each of the remaining innings before the game was called after the top of the fifth.
After the leadoff batter walked, Allie Arneson got the inning going with a double. Megan Mason got on base each at bat and had two doubles. Rhylie Makawe had a double and a triple.
Aledo allowed just two hits and had one error while having 13 hits of their own and took advantage of Granbury’s five errors.
Despite the gusty wind, several Ladycats players managed to hit deep. Lemons said he told the team after the win that several of the softballs probably had flat spots because of their strong hits.
But despite the win, Lemons said there is always room for improvement.
"It’s hard to be nit-picky when you’re up 10-0," Lemons said. "But you have to be nit-picky. You have to improve."
With seven more district games to go after the match-up against Arlington Heights on Tuesday, he said they hope to improve on the three areas of play: offense, defense and the dugout. But already Lemons said he has seen consistency develop as their season becomes more consistent for the first time after icy weather and spring break interrupted their schedule.
Lemons says they just need to reach their peak performance at the right time – in time for the playoffs – and remain healthy and they should do well the remainder of the season.
"They can play ball," Lemons said of the team. "We’ve got some good ballplayers."
The JV team also proved they know how to play ball as they defeated the Lady Pirates, improving their near-perfect record.
Hannah Andrews pitched the complete 6-inning game for the JV Ladycats. After allowing the first batter on base, Andrews shut down the Lady Pirates offense, striking out nine.
The game remained close until the fifth inning when the Ladycats scored five runs to increase their lead to 7-2, the final score.