Janna Allen hurled a seven-hit shutout and the Early Heartbreakers’ offense racked up most of their runs in their first three trips to the plate as they earned the TTAS High School Eligible state championship with a 6-0 victory over the Brownwood Bombers Sunday at the Camp Bowie Sports Complex.
Early capped its undefeated run through the state tournament with its second consecutive victory over Brownwood, following Saturday night’s 9-7 win.
For Brownwood, it finished as the runner-up at the High School Eligible tournament for the second year in a row, forcing a second championship game with eventual state champion Bosqueville last summer.
Allen scattered seven hits — six of which were singles — struck out six batters and left seven runners stranded on base.
Offensively, Early also tallied seven hits against Bomber pitchers Sayla Parsons and Kate Atchley. The top seven batters in the Heartbreaker lineup — Tresta Donahoo, Bailey Harris, Shandi Winstead, Julia Loudermilk, Kayla Dickerson, Kish Suniga and Morgan Birrell — recorded one hit each. Donahoo, Winstead, Loudermilk, Suniga and Birrell also finished with an RBI apiece.
Collecting base hits for Brownwood were Atchley, Sydnie Darden, Kerri Jones, Nathalie Delatorre, Tiara Brown, Sarah Underwood and Jocelyn Woolf.
In four of six innings, the Heartbreakers’ leadoff batter reached base. In each of those four innings, Early tallied at least one run.
Early picked up single runs in both the bottom of the first and second innings.
Donahoo led off the first with an infield single that snapped her aluminum bat, then scored on Winstead’s one-out RBI double to left field.
In the second inning, Dickerson started with a single to center field, then scored as Tylene Middleton reached base on a one-out fielding error.
The Heartbreakers tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third inning to give Allen more than enough cushion.
Harris singled to center field to start the frame, then Loudermilk singled her home with one out. Suniga followed with a two-out RBI single that plated Loudermilk, then Suniga scored on Birrell’s RBI single up the middle.
The final Early run crossed the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning as Middleton was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Donahoo’s RBI ground out to shortstop later drove home Middleton with the final run.
Brownwood’s best chance to score came in the sixth as Delatorre and Brown tallied two-out singles. Underwood followed with a base hit to center field, but Loudermilk gunned Delatorre down at the plate, where Donahoo applied the tag to end the threat.
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-IN GAME
Brownwood 10, Eastland 2
The Brownwood Bombers earned their spot in the title game with a 10-2 thrashing of the Eastland Lady Mavs Sunday morning.
During the first meeting between the two teams Saturday morning, Brownwood had to rally to knock off Eastland, 7-6, in its third bracket contest.
Atchley fanned nine batters and threw four innings of shutout ball, while the Bomber offense chalked up 13 hits and scored eight runs in the first three innings to put the game out of reach.
Delatorre was 3-for-4 and a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as she drove in four runs. Brown added three hits and an RBI, while Jones tallied two hits and three runs and Atchley finished with two hits and one run. Mallorie Maxwell also collected an RBI.
In the first inning, Darden scored on a wild pitch prior to Delatorre’s two-RBI double that plated Jones and Atchley.
Scoring in the Bombers’ five-run third were Jones on Maxwell’s RBI single; Maxwell on Delatorre’s RBI triple; Delatorre on Brown’s RBI double; and Brown and Parsons rounded the bases when Underwood reached on a two-out fielding error.
Eastland’s two runs scored in the top of the seventh on an RBI ground out by Callie Reed and an RBI single by Tara Pack.
Jones and Delatorre answered with RBI base hits in the bottom of the seventh for the Bombers.