Lady Tigers open district play with pair of big wins
The Lady Tigers improve to 10-3 on the season and 2-0 in District 18-3A play.
Rockdale enjoyed the return of pitcher Kayleigh Montelongo who missed a game due to injury (see below) and the righthander handcuffed the Lady Ducks on four hits and kept them off the scorboard in the final four innings.
Montelongo struck out five batters and allowedd just two walks.
The Lady Tigers registered their third straight double-digit hit game, led by Alyssa Wallis and Lisa Vest who both hammered out a double and a triple.
Amanda Boyd also had a pair of hits and scored twice while Faith Talley ripped a triple.
Taylor posted two runs in the third inning, but Rockdale answered back with two runs in the top of the fourth and added a run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
In a three hour, five minute marathon, the Lady Tigers outlasted Madisonville 15-10 at the Softball Complex in the District 18-3A opener.
The two teams combined for 25 runs and 30 hits
The lead changed hands five times and was tied twice.
“It was a crazy long game, but our hitting is coming through,” said Rockdale Coach Amanda Keen. “We have really been focusing on hitting and it has been paying off. Taylor is coming off a no hitter against Caldwell so we are focused on breaking t hat.
“Right now our goal is to just out hit the other team ever y inning. We are breaking it down so we can focus on our short term goal of winning each inning and then winning the game will follow.”
Nine Lady Tigers secured at least one hit, led by Talley who went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and two runs batted in.
In her past two games, the sophomore is 7-for-7 with four extra base hits, two home runs and six runs batted in. She is hitting .462 for the season.
Deary also clubbed a home run, a three-run shot in the first inning. She had a pair of hits and four runs batted in on the evening.
Wages collected three hits, while Marissa Mireles, Fischer, Wallis, Vest and Haley Wright all rapped out two hits each.
Rockdale was forced to play without starting pitcher Montelongo who suffered an eye injury related to contact lenses.
Wages and Fischer were forced to take the hill, with Fischer picking up the win with four innings of relief work.
Wages allowed six hits and fanned five, while Fischer surrendered 10 hits and fanned two.
Deary’s first-inning center field blast pushed Rockdale out early, but in a pre-cursor of things to come, Madisonville responded with five runs on four consecutive hits in the second for a 5-3 lead.
Trailing 7-3 in the third, the Lady Tigers fought back to tie the game with four hits, three to lead off the inning.
After both teams scratched out a single run in the fourth (Talley’s home run to center field accounted for Rockdale’s run) to keep the game tied at 8-8, the Lady Tigers surged ahead for good with four more runs in the fifth on the strength of five conseutive hits, from Wright, Mireles, Fischer, Wallis and Talley, for a 12-8 lead.
When the Lady Mustangs pulled within 12-10, Rockdale crossed the plate three more times in its final at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning when Vest opened the inning with a single, Boyd reached on an error, Wages secured a bunt single and Wright brought home a pair of runs with a shot to left.
Fischer’s infield single to score Wright from second made the final 15-10.
Catcher Casey Creel led Madisonville with three hits.