BANGS— The Early Lady Horns softball team picked up its first District 6-3A victory after outlasting the Bangs Lady Dragons, 12-7, Tuesday night.
The Lady Horns and Lady Dragons seemed in a defensive battle, but a big fourth inning Early to take a lead it would not relinquish.
“We finally started sitting back on it,” Early coach Alfonso Chavez said. “The pitcher was kind of slow so we started waiting on it and driving it. That is what got us going.”
Bangs got on the scoreboard first after a double by Vanessa Perez plated Macy Rowland to put the Lady Dragons up 1-0. Early responded by drawing a slew of walks, which allowed Chloe Clowdus to step in for an RBI single, then Sydnee Shea drove in a pair of runs. A homer by Laiken Reagan, who drove in a team-leading 4 RBIs, kept her team ahead, but then Bangs clawed back into contention.
Pitcher Makayla DeLeon, who made her first start of the district season after nursing a hand injury, picked up four strikeouts, but was roughed up in the fourth, prompting Coach Chavez to option to Reagan until late in the game.
“This was her first time back in a while,” Chavez said. “She hasn’t pitched in a long time … She did very well. She still has a little more to go with her comeback, but she did very well.”
Early added another five runs in the fifth and two more insurance runs in the seventh, giving the Lady Horns enough of a cushion to put the game away with Shea picking up all three outs on a line-drive double play at third, then a game-sealing catch on a pop-up during the last at-bat.