Caldwell’s Kauder Ks Lady Tigers
Friday night, Kauder secured a measure of revenge, both in the circle and at the plate.
Behind Kauder’s four-hit pitching and home run hitting, the No. 6 Lady Hornets buzzed Rockdale 10-0 in a run-rule contest.
Caldwell maintained control of first place in District 18-3A with an unblemished 5-0 mark, 19-2 overall, as the second half of district plays gets underway Friday.
The Lady Tigers slip to 8-8 overall and into the league log jam at 2-3 along with Taylor and Madisonville with identical 2-3 marks.
College Station, which the Lady Tigers defeated, holds down second place at 3-2.
The district took Tuesday off for testing.
“This season I have a tough group of young student athletes,” said firstyear Rockdale Coach Lauren Robertson. “When the girls show up I believe they are unstoppable. They proved they can get the job done when they defeated College Station.”
Caldwell totaled just four hits, but took full advantage of six Rockdale errors and two home run bombs.
Kauder, who was onefor 6 in the team’s last two hookups, was 2-for-2 with a home run and four runs batted in.
Kauder—the district MVP last season—is hitting .581 on the season with 36 RBI.
The sophomore stymied the Lady Tigers, limiting them to four singles and allowed just one baserunner to reach third base.
She fanned nine batters in raising her record to 14-2 and lowered her earned run average to 1.61.
The Lady Tigers wasted a golden opportunity in their very first at bat.
Rockdale leadoff hitter Lauren Locklin reached base on an infield single to open the game and moved to third on Kayla Deary’s single.
Both were left stranded after Kauder struck out three batters to end the threat.
In the bottom of the inning, Caldwell coaxed two walks off Lady Tiger starter Emily McCoy an Tera Espinoza made them pay by cranking a home run over the left field fence for an early 3-0 Caldwell lead.
The Lady Hornets used three Rockdale errors to post three more runs in the second and then closed out the game in the fifth on Kauder’s three-run blast down the leftfield line.
Locklin, Deary, Faith Talley and Amanda Boyd accounted for the Rockdale singles.
McCoy (2-2) took the loss in two innings of work.
The Lady Tigers will now focus on turning things around in the second half in order to snap one of the four playoff spots. They are the defending district champions.
“This group of young ladies are coachable and are willing to work hard,” said Robertson, who is still tinkering with the lineup. “The problem perhaps is performing. The team works well together.
“Some areas of improvement are executing at the plate when the time comes and minimizing the errors. They need to prove that every game for seven full innings.
“As a coach, I strive on doing the little things right, and big things will happen.”
Team District Overall
Caldwell 5-0 19-2
College Station 3-2 7-11
Rockdale 2-3 8-8
Taylor 2-3 3-10
Madisonville 2-3 13-5
Navasota 1-4 N/A
Tuesday’s results: Idle
Saturday’s results: Caldwell 10, Rockdale 0; College
Station 9, Taylor 6; Madisonville
LADY TIGER STATISTICS
Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)— Deary, Kay 20-38 .526; Talley 23-46 .500; Wallis 14-36 .388; McCoy 14-36 .388; Boyd 14-41 ,341; Wages 10-32 .312; Rich 6-17 .353; Parsley 2-6 .333; Juarez 2-6 .333; Locklin 10-31 .323; Deary, Kai 4-15 266; Eubanks 7-29 .241; Contreras 3-14 .214. Runs—Talley 13, Deary 10. Doubles—Deary 9, Talley 6 Triples—Talley 3, Deary 1 Home runs—Talley 1, Eubank. 1 RBI—Talley 12, Deary, Kay. 10 Pitching— Wages 6- 6 4.93; McCoy 2-2 2.96; Deary 0- 0 2.67.