It was very windy night at Lady Tiger Field on Tuesday, as the Belton Tiger Softball team hosted District 12-6A leader Bryan in an important district battle.
The Tigers out to a three-run lead before six errors on defense allowed the Lady Vikings to creep back into the contest and steal away a 5-3 win in Belton.
Bryan improved their record to 10-0 in District 12-6A and 23-7 overall.
Belton dropped to 5-4 in district play and 8-10-2 overall.
Kaylee Jordan started the game in the circle for the Tigers and retired the first six Bryan hitters over the opening two innings. Jordan allowed one hit through three frames.
Meanwhile, the Tigers scored in the opening inning. McKenzie Drake was hit by a pitch from Bryan hurler Jessica Adams. Kaylee Rodriguez sacrificed Drake to second base, and Paige Nunes singled Drake home. Nunes reached third on an error. Bethany Sherwood walked with one out. However, Belton stranded runners at the corners.
Belton came up with a run in the second inning. Esper Moreno singled and scored when Tristyn Barton reached on an error to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers tacked another run in the third inning. Nunes and Sherwood reached on back-to-back singles. With two outs, Moreno’s single scored Nunes to put Belton up, 3-0.
Adams locked down the Tigers’ offense over the final four innings, as she retired 12 of the final 13 batters that she faced, with Nunes reached on an error in the fifth inning with one out.
Bryan scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning, with three hits and a pair of Belton errors with no one out. Moreno and Sherwood fielded flyouts and Jordan struck out a Lady Viking batter to get out of a bases-loaded jam.
Two Belton errors in the fifth inning led to three Bryan runs. The Tigers got a double play at the plate and third base squash more damage, as Bryan led 5-3.
Jordan was able to settle things down over the final two innings, which having a great defensive play by Emily Parker in the top of the seventh inning. Parker fielded a line shot at second base and threw the ball to Sherwood at first base to end the inning.
Belton had five hits on offense, with Nunes and Moreno each picking up two hits and an RBI. The Tigers left five runners on base.
Adams got the complete game win, having allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits, struck out eight, hit a batter and walked one.
Bryan had 10 hits, led by Adams’ 3-of-4 night. The Lady Vikings left seven runners on base.
Jordan took the complete game loss, having pitched seven innings, allowed five runs (three earned) on 10 hits, walked two and struck out four.
Belton hits the road for another district game, as the Tigers will play at Harker Heights on Friday.