TYLER – As the Bishop Gorman pitching struggled, the Brook Hill Lady Guard got a few timely hits to make for a 20-0 district championship-clinching win for head coach Anthony Springer and the Lady Guard softball team Monday, at John Carney Field.
The district title is Brook Hill’s sixth-consecutive.
The new district alignment has the Lady Guard playing only Grace Community — All Saints did not field a team the past two years — and Gorman in district play eliminating the usual Dallas teams from league play.
“Playing the local area teams has been kinda tough,” said Springer, the long-time Lady Guard head man. “We had one game with Grace that we trailed most of the game, but we still scored a lot of runs in that game too, but it was our only seven inning district game.
“We are trying to find a few UIL schools that may need a playoff tune up game, to fill a few dates for us after we play Gorman again, and before we get into the playoffs,” Springer added.
The game started off ugly and it remained a walk-fest throughout.
After two hit batters, and three walks, Brook Hill third baseman, Kyndel Clayton pounded a three-RBI triple to right centerfield, and a 5-0 lead after six batters.
Another hit batsman, and back-to-back walks, made it a 6-0 score, setting up an RBI-single from the lead-off spot, and catcher, Maddi Anthony.
Another walk by Gorman pitching added to the misery before Alto’s, Alyssa Duplichain made it a 9-0 contest with an RBI-single. One batter later, AD Kuechle laced an RBI-double to plate Duplichain, after the shortstop displayed some heads up base running to score the 10-0 advantage.
Eight more runs crossed the plate in the second inning; highlighted by base knocks for runs from Anthony, and Kuechle.
Duplichain singled for her second hit, and scored in the third inning, off an RBI-single from Rusk’s Micah…