The Brownwood Lady Bears, Down N Dirty and Thunder were the only teams that were able to beat both the rain and their opponents in Texas Teen-Age Softball district tournament action Wednesday.
Already forced to push Tuesday’s games back to Wednesday due to rain, only three of the 10 scheduled games at the Camp Bowie Sports Complex were completed following an afternoon downpour.
Due to Wednesday’s cancellations, the District 7 Freshman Girls tournament will play at least six, and possibly seven, games today to finish the tournament. Meanwhile, the District 7 Midget Girls will play five games and wrap up action Friday.
The freshman girls tournament will resume with the Brownwood Crush and Ballinger New Breed playing at 2 p.m. in the winners’ bracket, while the Winters Fushion and Hawley Xtreme 4ce will meet in an elimination game at the same time.
At 4 p.m., the Brownwood Lady Bears will face the Crush-Ballinger winner for the right to advance to the championship game. At the same time, the Winters-Hawley winner will face the Crush-Ballinger loser in an elimination game.
At 6 p.m. the final championship game contender will be determined, then the tournament final is slated to begin at 8 p.m.
The midget girls bracket will feature the Brownwood Nitro and Hawley Diamonds in a 2 p.m. winners’ bracket game, while the Brownwood Thunder and Ballinger Home Run Hotties will meet in an elimination game.
The Brownwood Young Guns will face the Nitro-Hawley loser in a 4 p.m. elimination game.
At 6 p.m., Brownwood Down N Dirty will take on the Nitro-Hawley winner for the right to advance to Friday’s championship. Also at 6 p.m., the Thunder-Ballinger winner will meet the survivor out of the Young Guns, the Nitro and Hawley in another elimination game.
The lone freshman girls contest played in Brownwood Wednesday saw the Lady Bears pick up a 9-4 victory over the Hawley Xtreme 4ce in an opening round tournament game for both teams. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the sixth due to torrential rains at Camp Bowie
In midget girls action, Brownwood Down N Dirty notched their second tournament victory by an 8-0 count over the Ballinger Home Run Hotties. Also, the Brownwood Thunder survived an elimination game by ousting the Winters Lady Bull Frogs, 12-6.
In the Lady Bears’ victory, pitcher Kelbie Crelia struck out 14 batters and allowed just three hits.
Offensively, the Lady Bears scored four runs each in the top of the first and fifth innings, and added an insurance run in the sixth.
Lexie Garrett began the game with a bunt single off Hawley pitcher Dusti Gillett. Garrett then scored the first run of the game when Sydney Maxwell walked and the ball got past the Hawley catcher.
With one out in the first, the Lady Bears drew four consecutive walks. Crelia, Miranda Chandler, Katie Laird and Sydnee Petty all reached base with Laird and Petty collecting RBIs with their free passes.
The final run of the inning scored when Grace Randolf hit into an infield fly, but the runners advanced at their own risk and Chandler scored the fourth Brownwood run.
Hawley cut the Lady Bears’ lead in half with single runs in the bottom of the first and second innings.
Amanda Verette, who singled with one out in the first, scored on a throwing error to put Extreme 4ce on the board. In the second, Brittnee Anderson recorded an infield single to begin the inning and later scored on a passed ball during Megan Verette’s at-bat.
Clinging to a 4-2 lead, the Lady Bears took advantage of five more walks in the fifth inning to open an 8-2 advantage.
Crelia and Chandler walked with one out, then Laird reached safely on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.
Petty then drew a walk to score Crelia and Randolf recorded an RBI on an fielder’s choice. Taylor Smith and Maxwell also picked up RBIs on bases-loaded walks to complete the scoring in the inning.
Hawley added two runs in the bottom of the fifth to shave the deficit to 8-4. Mistrie Vinson’s two-RBI double to left field scored Megan Verette and Kelsey Meyer.
The Lady Bears tacked on a final run in the sixth as Crelia reached on an error, then scored when Laird also got on base due to a Hawley miscue.
Hawley had two runners on base with one out in the bottom of the sixth when the game was called.