Lady Dogs aiming for third straight district championship

Thorndale outslugs Academy in season opener

Brealyn Hernandez clubbed a base-clearing double to score three runs in the Lady Bulldogs’ 11-6 season opening victory. Brealyn Hernandez clubbed a base-clearing double to score three runs in the Lady Bulldogs’ 11-6 season opening victory. Thorndale outscored guest Academy 11-6 Friday in Lady Dogs’ season opening softball game on Friday.

The Lady Dogs had an open date Tuesday and look to open up District 27-A play on Friday at rival Thrall. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Thorndale is coming off backto back district championships and four straight trips to the postseason.

Against Academy, the Lady Dogs were down 1-0 in the bottom of the second when their bats came alive and put seven runs across the plate. Thorndale added two more in the bottom of the fourth to go up 9-1.

The Lady Bees made things interesting by plating five runs in the top of the fifth to stop Thorndale’s hopes of a run-rule win, but that is all Academy’s rally would cough up.

The Lady Dogs would score one each in the fifth and sixth innings to take the 11-6 win.

Senior Brealyn Hernandez had a base clearing double to score three runs. Junior Kim Leschber was 2-for-2 at bat with three runs scored, while sophomore Robyn Jost went two for three with two runs scored.

L eschber was a lso on t he mound for Thorndale, going the whole game with five strikeouts and three walks. She earned second team all-district honors at that position in 2009.

Lance Betak, in his second year at the helm of the Lady Dogs, moved Hernandez from third base to catcher this season.

Leschber and Hernandez will have to pick up the slack for Thorndale who lost pitcher Angel Bigan and catcher Samantha Vasquez to graduation after last season.

Senior Caitlyn Goetz, who was last season’s district defensive MVP did not come out for softball this season.

It will be a busy spring break for the Lady Dogs as well. On Friday, March 13 they will travel to play Franklin at 11 a.m. and then host Vandegrift at noon March 17.

Thorndale will participate in a Bryan tournament on March 20 before starting up league play again at Bartlett on March 22.

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