Brownwood Down N Dirty scored six runs in the top of the third inning, but still had to fend off the Brownwood Young Guns down the stretch for a 6-5 victory Monday in the opening round of the Texas Teen-Age Softball District 7 Midget Girls tournament at the Camp Bowie Sports Complex.
Down N Dirty trailed 2-0 after 2 1/2 innings before the bats came alive. Kody Kyle’s RBI single drove home Maddy Browning with the first run, then Sarah Hernandez’s RBI ground out brought home Hillory Croft with the tying run.
Paxton Vaughn’s bunt single scored Kyle to push Down N Dirty in front, 3-2. Down N Dirty added three more runs in the frame on an RBI single by Cheyenne Dees that scored Vaughn; an error that allowed Browning to reach which scored Courtney Owen; and a single by Croft that knocked in Madeline Reagle.
The Young Guns scored once in the top of the fourth inning and twice in the top of the fifth to pull within a run.
Ashley Vaccaro’s RBI single scored Faith Bailey in the fourth inning, while Heather Mobley drove in Lakeeta Vaccaro and a bases loaded walk to Alexis Gonzales brought home Mobley.
With a chance to pull even in the top of the sixth inning, the Young Guns were retired in order by Reagle.
The Young Guns grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Emma Mullins’ sacrifice bunt plated Ashley Vaccaro. Vaccaro also scored on an RBI single by Mobley in the top of the third.
Down N Dirty will face the Ballinger Home Run Hotties at 6 p.m. tonight in a winner’s bracket game. The Young Guns will attempt to stave off elimination at 6 p.m. Wednesday against either the Brownwood Thunder or the Winters Lady Bull Frogs.
Brownwood Nitro 15, Brownwood Thunder 7
The Brownwood Nitro scored at least three runs in each of the first three innings as they cruised past the Brownwood Thunder, 15-7, Monday night in opening round action at the Texas Teen-Age Softball District 7 Midget Girls tournament at the Camp Bowie Sports Complex.
The Nitro led 10-0 before the Thunder scored. The Nitro took a 4-0 lead in the first on RBI bases-loaded walks by Mariah De La Rosa, Shelby Light, Natalie Martinez and Raeann Gongora.
The lead increased to 7-0 in the second inning for the Nitro as De La Rosa, Light and Martinez again walked with the sacks full.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the third inning on an RBI single by De La Rosa, an RBI ground out by Light and an RBI infield single from Caitlin Barnum.
The Thunder scored their first four runs in the bottom of the third with a pair coming on a two-run single by Kristen Fuentes. Aspen Escamilla and Trejouir Wilson also drew bases loaded walks.
The Nitro tacked on their final five runs in the fourth inning with Kylynn Shumate’s inside-the-park grand slam accounting for four of the runs.
Needing 11 runs in their final at-bat, the Thunder scored three on bases-loaded walks by Ashley Gomez, Escamilla and Wilson.
The Nitro will face the Hawley Diamonds tonight at 8 p.m. in a winner’s bracket game, while the Thunder and Winters Lady Bull Frogs will duel at 6 p.m. to see which team stays alive.