EARLY — Needing six runs to force extra innings or seven runs to keep their season alive, the Brownwood Eagles tallied five as the Comanche Red Raiders held on for a stunning 10-9 victory Wednesday in elimination action at the Texas Teen-Age Softball District 6 Junior Girls tournament at the Early City Park.
In other tournament action Wednesday, rain delays forced late start times for both the Early Fully Loaded and the Brownwood Shamrocks, who were in the winners’ bracket. Due to the late start times and deadline restrictions, those results will not appear in today’s Bulletin.
The Eagles led throughout the game until the Red Raiders struck for eight runs in the top of the sixth inning to grab a 10-4 lead.
Brownwood — which eliminated Cisco, 5-2, earlier Wednesday — did not go quietly in the bottom of the sixth as Courtney Murray began the rally with a one-out walk. Lauren Dees followed with an RBI single as the Eagles crept to within 10-5.
With two outs, Sarah Underwood walked, then Stephanie Jordy’s infield single allowed Dees to score all the way from second base and bring the Eagles to within 10-6.
Trish Wilson slapped an RBI double to right-center field that plated Underwood and made the score 10-7.
Then Selena Castillo hit a pop up to left field that was misplayed, which allowed Jordy and Wilson to score and trim the deficit to 10-9.
But Comanche pitcher Kerri DeBusk was able to record the final out on a pop up in foul territory, preserving the win.
Down 4-2 with one out in the top of the sixth, the Red Raiders took advantage of four Eagle errors and four walks to take their first lead of the game.
DeBusk’s bases-loaded two-RBI single to right-center field scored Tamber Keith and Katherine Bean to give Comanche a 5-4 lead.
DeBusk later scored on an error, while Mikayla Dukes, Kish Juniga and Shandale Riley all came home on wild pitches.
Brownwood led 2-0 after two innings when Jordy scored on a wild pitch and Castillo’s RBI ground out plated Wilson.
Comanche cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the third inning when Bean scored on Dukes’ RBI ground out.
The Eagles pushed their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth as Neelie Darden and Sayla Parsons — who struck out 13 Red Raiders in the circle — scored when Dees reached on an error.
Debusk recorded Comanche’s second run in to top of the fifth inning by scoring when Juniga reached on an error.