With the season almost finished for fast pitch softball, the Comanche Lady Indians took over the district lead by beating then No.1 Dickson 2-0 last Friday to improve to 12-5 on the season overall.
It was Senior Night for the Lady Indians and they honored their five seniors in Carly Gordon, Lily Brown, Brooklyn Gill, Kinley Rendon and Teagan Pineda.
Both teams defense went to work, only allowing a few base runners to reach. Both pitchers were able to get out of jams until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Lady Indians started off in a big way.
Brighton O’Connor hit a double to left field to lead off the Lady Indians bottom of the fourth inning and Gill walked to put runners at the corners for Gracee Miller.
Miller, wanting to bunt the runner over to second base, ended up with an infield single as the bunt was successful, moving the runner over and loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth.
One of the seniors came up to the plate in Brown, who hoped to make some noise in the battle for first place in the district and only needed one pitch to find the right one and get on the scoreboard.
On a deep fly to center field, Brown got the job done by hitting it deep enough to score the runner from third, which was O’Connor, on a sacrifice fly to lead 1-0 with one out in the inning.
On the sacrifice fly, Gill moved to third to put runners at the corners for Caity Blair, who needed only one pitch to find contact in the right direction to bring in a run.
Blair grounded out to the left side to bring in Gill and lead 2-0 over Dickson. The next two batters reached with hit by the pitch to load the bases with two outs.
With the bases loaded and two outs, the next Lady Indians hitter grounded out into a fielder’s choice with Dickson choosing the easy out at third to get out of the inning only down by two runs.
Lady Indians had a little scare in closing the game out in the top of the seventh inning as two singles and one out put Dickson in action since they were trying to keep hold of their number one spot in the district.
Rendon, who pitched for the whole game, got the next two outs on a fly out and a ground out to secure the win and the shutout to move into first place.
Comanche had eight hits from seven different players with only Raylee Chaney getting multiple hits. Chaney had two and the rest of the players had one hit apiece.
Joining in the hit parade was O’Connor, Gill, Miller, Brown, Blair and Mykayla Slovak. Rendon went all seven innings in the circle and had four strikeouts and one walk. She gave up six hits as well in the victory.
While the Lady Indians were supposed to have games this week, they were postponed due to a quarantine happening at Comanche High School.
Lady Indians coach Aaron Minor said the girls should be back by Sept. 19 if all goes to current plans from the district.