Bulletin Staff Report
The Brownwood Flames posted two early wins, while the Brownwood Crush and Early Fully Loaded were fighting to keep their seasons alive in Thursday Texas Teen-Age Softball State Tournament action.
The Flames earned victories of 11-8 over Gorman on Tuesday and 21-20 over Lindale in seven innings on Wednesday at the TTAS Midget Girls (8-and-under) State Tournament in Clifton.
The Flames qualified for state by winning the District 9 tournament in Comanche on July 4.
At the TTAS Freshman Girls (12-and-under) State Tournament in Rockdale, the Crush lost to the Rusk Attitudes, 6-3, Wednesday but rallied to upend the Van Outlaws, 10-5.
Brownwood was slated to play an elimination game against either Whitehouse or Comanche at 8 p.m. Thursday.
In the win over Van, Sydney Laws was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and she also pitched a complete game with a pair of strikeouts.
Sydnie Darden went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored.
Defensively, Jenna Chastain, Rikki Loman and Cherita George played steady in the field.
Down 4-0, Brownwood rallied in the bottom of the first as Dardenís two-RBI triple scored Sarah Garcia and Destiny Clements. Laws added an RBI single that brought home Darden, while Rikki Lomanís RBI ground out scored Laws with the tying run.
The Crush again pulled even at 5-all in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Laws RBI triple that drove home Darden, who singled.
Brownwood then pulled away with five runs in the fifth inning. George recorded a two-RBI single, while six Van walks aided the Crushís rally.
In their first game Wednesday, the Crush jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but allowed the final six runs.
Laws struck out six, tripled and drove in two runs, while Darden, Chastain and George added base hits.
At the TTAS Junior Girls (15-and-under) State Tournament in Chandler, Early Fully Loaded suffered a 3-0 loss to Rusk Riptide Wednesday and dropped into the loserís bracket.
But Fully Loaded rebounded with victories of 4-1 over Buffalo and 4-2 over West on Thursday to remain alive. Janna Allen notched the victory in the first game and Daniela Castillo won the second.
Early will face Rusk again at 6 p.m. today, and if Fully Loaded is victorious it will play for the state championship at 8 p.m.