Lady Tigers open district with wins

Kayleigh Montelongo fanned 10 in Rockdale’s district opener. Kayleigh Montelongo fanned 10 in Rockdale’s district opener. The L ady T igers sof tba ll team means business and have jumped out to 2- 0 in District 23AAAplayafterdefeating Smithv ille and Navasota in the opening week of league play. They are now at 6-3 on the year.

RHS 15, Smithville 0

The Lady Tigers hit the road Tuesday night to snag a district win over Smithville 15-0 in six innings.

The score could have been much worse as 16 Lady Tiger batters were left on base.

Sophomore ace Kayleigh Montelongo tossed the win, fanning 12 Smithville batters, walking one and giving up two hits.

Victoria Drake had an impressive night at the plate, going four for five with a triple and two runs batted in. She also stole two bases.

MacKenzie Tater hit two of three, while Hailey Offield was two for two.

Amanda Boyd, Bailey Pannell, Marissa Mireles and Maci Wages all doubled against Smithville.

Rockdale 12, Navasota 0

On Friday night, Rockdale opened up loop play at home with a big win over Navasota, shutting them out 12-0 in five innings. Montelongo picked up the win with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

The Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first behind the bat of Jill Young who knocked in three runs. In the third, Kayla Deary and Drake knocked the ball around as well with Drake earning two RBIs.

Runs kept mounting for the Lady Tigers, scoring five in the fourth on hits by Deary and Amanda Boyd.

Deary, just a freshman, went three for three at the plate. Marissa Mireles and Montelongo also had singles on the night.

UP NEXT–Rockdale hosts No. 20 LaGrange on Saturday for a varsity only matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m. On Tuesday, March 29, the Lady Tigers will travel to play No. 18 Giddings varsity at 6 p.m.

LaGrange and Giddings look to be the top two teams in the district, but Rockdale first year head coach Amanda Keen thinks the Lady Tigers can snag that other playoff spot.

“We are in a tough district that could surprise you at anytime throughout the season. I expect to see some surprises and upsets within our district,” Keen said. “There are teams that on any given day can beat others so it will be exciting to see where everyone is in a few weeks.

“I do feel like we are capable of a playoff spot. We are very capable of it as long as we play together.”

JUNIOR VARSITY–Rockdale’s junior varsity (4-1, 1- 0) whipped up on Navasota’s JV 20-5 on Friday in three innings. Emily McCoy pitched the win.

Makayla Wardlow led the way with a triple, double and single. Lisa Vest blasted a double, while Brianna Mireles, Allyssa Wallis, Hailey Wright, Traci Fisher and McCoy all had singles.


Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)—Deary 8-12 .667; Mireles 9-16 .562; Hearn 5-10 .500; Young 6-12 .500; Montelongo 10-22 .455; Boyd 8-19 .421; Byrd 4-11 .364. Runs—Mireles 11, Boyd 7, Hearn 6. Home runs—Montelongo 1, Young 1. RBI—Montelongo 12, Boyd 7, Mireles 5. Steals—Mireles 7, Drake 6. Pitching—Montelongo 5-2 3.08 53Ks; Tater 0-1-1 7.00.

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