BANGS — Offense was supposed to be the weak link, at least early on, for the Brownwood Lady Lions softball team.
In Wednesday’s season opener, however, the Lady Lions chalked up 11 hits — including a pair of home runs — as they doubled up the Bangs Lady Dragons, 8-4.
“We came out on fire,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Jessica Lynn. “In practice we could see how good they could hit, but in the scrimmages they just weren’t doing it all together. It may have helped that the girls have batted against this pitcher before in summer ball. You could see their confidence at the plate.”
Ashley Gomez launched a two-run blast to dead center field off Bangs hurler Erin Anderson, while Alexis Larrea delivered a line drive solo shot down the right field line in the fifth inning.
Gomez finished with two hits and four RBIs, Larrea and Kristen Fuentes both chipped in two hits and finished with one RBI, Ashley Jones contributed a pair of hits, and Tori Burkett, Victoria Sanchez and Kayla McFarden added one hit apiece.
In the circle, Larrea went the distance and yielded four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
For Bangs, in its first game under new head coach Scott Freeman, Jaylee Roberts tallied two hits and a pair of RBIs, Michela Light drilled a solo home run of her own, Nicole Spivey finished with a pair of hits, and Courtney Owen, Cheyenne Edwards and Anderson contributed one hit apiece.
“I thought we did pretty good with some younger girls,” said Freeman, who was missing four starters who are on the Lady Dragons’ basketball team. “We were playing a lot of girls in different positions than where they will be when district starts.
“I like the way we competed. Brownwood put a lot of pressure on us, and we didn’t make some of the plays we needed to make.”
The Lady Lions grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, capped by Gomez’s home run.
Brownwood stretched its lead to 7-1 in the fourth aided by a two-RBI single from Gomez and an RBI double from Fuentes.