Lady Lions softball shocks No. 4 Lampasas, 9-6

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com

LAMPASAS — With two outs and the bases empty in the top of the seventh inning, the Brownwood Lady Lions manufactured three runs. Pitcher Alyson Finnigan then escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the bottom of the seventh as the Brownwood Lady Lions shocked No. 4 Lampasas, 9-6, in District 8-3A softball action Friday night.

Brownwood (14-5, 2-1) scored six runs in the top of the second inning, but Lampasas (17-3, 2-1) gradually clawed back — thanks to a pair of home runs — to draw even at 6 in the bottom of the sixth.

“This was the first time we’ve had to comeback like that and fight,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Jessica Lynn. “I’m glad to know we have a team willing to do that and stay positive even though we struggled a little bit.”

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Ashley Jones and Victoria Sanchez recorded back-to-back singles, then Shelbi Winstead was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Tori Burkett then stepped to the plate and delivered a drive to deep center field that cleared the bases and staked the Lady Lions to a three-run advantage.

“I saw the outfield creeping in and I knew if (Tori) could hit one over their heads it would clear the bases, and she did it right after that,” Lynn said.

In the bottom of the seventh, Finnigan — who struck out 17, yielded seven hits and stranded seven base runners — gave up a leadoff single, then walked the next two batters to fill the sacks with no outs.

Following a team meeting in the circle called by Lynn, Finnigan responded with three consecutive strikeouts to thwart the Lampasas rally and secure the Lady Lion upset victory.

“Alyson battled and found a way to sit them down,” Lynn said. “It’s hard to a find a way when it seems like nothing is really working, but she finally found something that was working. I was really proud of her.”

Brownwood — which chalked up nine hits off Lampasas hurler Sienna Lawson — exploded for six runs in the second inning.

Kristen Fuentes was hit by a pitch to start the inning, then Jones doubled and Sanchez walked to load the bases.

Winstead drew a walk to drive in Fuentes with the first run, then Burkett reached on an errant throw that allowed Jones and Sanchez to score.

Kayla McFarden’s RBI single brought home Winstead with the fourth run, then Ashley Gomez followed with an RBI triple that plated McFarden. Danyelle Gongora later reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a two-out RBI single by Finnigan.

Lampasas cut Brownwood’s lead in half, 6-3, in the fourth, closed to within 6-5 in the fifth and Lawson’s solo home run to start the sixth knotted the score.

The Lady Lions will host Gatesville at 7 p.m. Tuesday.