Rains erupts for 11 unanswered runs after trailing early in win over Chisum
On Tuesday night, the Chisum Lady Mustangs traveled to face the favorite to win the district and arguably the Class 3A State title favorite in Emory Rains. The Lady Mustangs jumped ahead early 1-0 against the Lady Wildcats and were competing well against the home team. However, Rains reeled in its focus and rattled off 11 unanswered runs in an 11-1 win in six innings.
In the top of the second inning, Chisum got on the scoreboard first after Karli Shelton knocked an RBI single into right field that scored senior Jordan Lawson. The home team responded with two runs in the bottom of the same frame to claim a 2-1 lead, but Chisum had an opportunity to turn this into a seesaw battle in the top of the third.
Chisum saw Kelsea Ball and Brylea Marshall record back-to-back one-out singles to put runners on first and second for sophomore catcher Hannah Ford. Unfortunately, Rains’ pitching held up to end the scoring threat as Ford and Lawson struck out. After that, Rains opened up a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the third by scoring five runs with two outs against them.
Sophomore pitcher Peyton Holland performed well on the mound against the defending State champions as she exchanged zeroes on the scoreboard with Rains in the fourth inning. However, the Lady Wildcats recorded 1-2-3 innings in both the top of the fifth and sixth innings, and Rains closed with four runs to earn the run-rule victory.
As a team, Chisum collected seven hits while Rains had eight total hits. The Lady Mustangs had eight errors to only one miscue by the Lady Wildcats.
Considering the competition they were facing, the team’s head coach sees the bigger picture along with the invaluable experience and confidence her girls are gaining throughout the season.
“I think our mindset is becoming more competitive and we’re starting to realize the fruits of our labor,” Lady Mustangs head softball coach Denise Holland said. “We are still mostly a young team, so I think the polishing is coming along.”
Holland shined on the mound as she threw 113 pitches through 5.1 innings to go with 2 strikeouts, 3 walks, and 1 earned run. Marshall tallied two hits for Chisum while Ball, Lawson, Hallie Miller, Shelton, and Maddie Shires each recorded one hit apiece. Lawson scored the Lady Mustangs’ lone run.
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