Slugger’s paradise: Lady Tigers outlast Giddings, 14-10

Bang out seasonhigh 17 hits to keep pace in district play


Rockdale third baseman Kayla Deary (left) and shortstop Marissa Mireles collide while zeroing in on a fly ball during the third inning of the Lady Tigers district win over Giddings. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale third baseman Kayla Deary (left) and shortstop Marissa Mireles collide while zeroing in on a fly ball during the third inning of the Lady Tigers district win over Giddings. Reporter/Bill Martin Let’s just say that strikeouts were at a premium.

L ike a br ush f ire ga ining momentum as its crosses a dried out field, the Rockdale Lady Tigers banged out a season-high 17 hits to outpace Giddings 14- 10 in a district slugfest Tuesday night at the Rockdale Softball Complex.

Playing their third game in seven days, the Lady Tigers improved to 10-6 on the season and 2-1 in District 23-3A.

Giddings slips to 5-6 and 1-2.

Where to begin—at the beginning.

Rockdale crossed the plate at least once in every inning except the sixth, in its last at-bat of the evening.

Eight of the nine Rockdale starters had at least one hit—six had at least two—and the Lady Tigers batted around twice as they combined for 11 runs in the third and fifth innings.

Patient Rockdale batters also coaxed six walks off two Giddings pitchers.

Amanda Boyd, Miranda Mireles and Britni Newlin led the hit parade with three apiece, with Boyd (triple) and Mireles (three singles) producing three runs batted in each.

Victoria Drake, Lisa Vest and Kayla Deary notched a pair of hits each with Vest’s double bringing home two runs.

Kayleigh Montelongo had just one hit, but it was a huge blow as she cranked a two-run home run over the 225-foot sign in left field in the fifth inning to push Rockdale out in front 13-0.

Montelongo (10-6) picked up the complete-game victory, allowing 10 hits, while striking out six.

With the game tied 2-2 heading into the third, Rockdale sent 10 batters to the plate in erupting for six runs.

Vest clubbed a double to score two runs, while Mireles’ timely single also punched in a pair of runs to make it 8-2.

Giddings retaliated with six runs of its own to tie the game again in the top of the fourth, all with two outs.

Trailing 10-9 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Tigers batted around for the second time and put five more runs on the board, anchored by Montelongo’s home run blast to make it 13-10.

Drake and Mireles had opened the inning with singles, followed by Boyd’s two-run triple.

Montelongo kept the Lady Buffs off the basepaths in the final two innings, retiring the final six batters.

Giddings pitcher Calli Gertege took the loss, but was 4-for-4 with 2 RBI at the plate. Leadoff hitter Alex Masek ripped three triples for five RBI.

LaGrange

Back-to-back four run innings early in the game was too much for the Lady Tigers to overcome in an 11-3 loss to LaGrange on the road.

Alyssa Angel (4-4, 3 runs, 2B, 3B, 2RBI) and Hallie Garlick (2- 4, 4RBI) provided the Lady Leps (15- 5, 2- 0) with an early 8- 0 cushion that was never threatened.

Rockdale actually jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, before LaGrange’s outburst.

The Lady Tigers surely had enough offense to answer with 10 hits but continued to leave runners on base.

Drake, Boyd and Mireles (double) all strung together two hits apiece.

Montelongo absorbed the loss while allowing 10 hits and fanning eight.

Smithville

One inning made a big difference in the Lady Tigers’ 4-0 victory over Smithville in the league opener.

With the game scoreless and entering the fifth inning with just one single to their credit, the Lady Tigers unloaded on Smithville (2-11, 0-1) pitcher Morgan Harris.

With two outs, Drake slapped a single to left field, followed by Mireles’ rip to right.

Boyd brought home Drake for the first score of the game before Montelongo clubbed a double to the left centerfield to plate Mireles and Boyd for a 3-0 lead.

In the sixth, pinch hitter Morgan Fischer logged her first hit of the season and brought home Kayla Deary who had singled as a pinch hitter to make it 4-0.

Montelongo picked up the win in one of her best outings of the year.

The righthander fanned nine batters and allowed just three singles, two from her pitching counterpart Harris.

No Smithville baserunner got past second base.

Montelongo’s big bla st i n the fifth paced Rockdale at the plate.

LADY TIGER STATISTICS HITTING—McCoy 4-7 .571; Newlin 13-23 .565; Montelongo 10-23 .435; Deary 6-14 .429; Drake 8-21 .381; Boyd 8-21 .381; Vest 8-23 .348; Mireles 4-18 .222; Wages 3- 20 .150; Fischer 1-23 .045; Wallis 0-3 .000; Talley 0-4 .000. RBI—Montelongo 11, Boyd 11 Runs—Drake 9, Boyd 7 2B—Montelongo 4, Newlin 3 3B—Newlin 1, Boyd 2 HR—Montelongo 2, Vest 1 SB—Boyd 4, Wallis 3 Pitching—Montelongo 10-7 5.00

DISTRICT 23-3A

GIRLS
Team District Overall
LaGrange 3- 0 16-5
Rockdale 2-1 10-7
Giddings 1-1 5- 6
Caldwell 1-2 5- 6
Smithville 0-2 2-12
Navasota 0-1 N/A
Tuesday’s results: Rockdale 14,
Giddings 10; LaGrange 18, Caldwell
7;
Saturday’s results: LaGrange 11,
Rockdale 3; Giddings 13, Smithville
5;
Thursday’s results: Rockdale 4,
Smithville 0; Giddings 7 Caldwell 3,


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