Trent Friedel | Exclusive to the Times
Saint Mary’s Lady Tiger Softball emerged from the weekend with two solid victories over Vermillion Catholic 18-9 and E.D. White with a narrow 8-7 score.
Tyonnah Burton had her third multi home run game of the year smashing two over the fence in the E.D. White game. The power hitter runs her home run number to 10 on the season. Burton was named the Athlete of the Week recently with her outstanding performance against Logansport where she hit three home runs, racked up five RBIs and hit .583 going 7-for-12 at the plate.
The young squad went across the Red River Monday to face Montgomery. The final district contest had the Ladies going down 12-2 on the road. That will have their record standing at 22-10 with only one game left on the schedule.
The team had Weston remaining for their last home game of the regular season on Tuesday afternoon. An overcast sky and periods of light showers greeted the Lady Tigers as they took the field to open the game. The Lady Wolves drew first blood with a lead off base hit off Burton’s fastball delivered from the mound. Weston scores two runs with two outs and another run is plated on a zinger to center field. A base hit to shallow right has the defender almost come up with the catch off the tip off her glove that would have ended the inning. The Lady Wolves take an early lead 5-0.
Jenna Skylar reaches on a single and advances on a sac bunt. A triple by Kennedy Griffin scores one run but the Lady Tigers strand two base runners, 8-1 after an inning. The leadoff hitter takes her offering over the fence and Weston adds two more runs leading 8-1 in the middle second. Lady Tigers up to bat in the bottom of the frame reach base with a walk and a base hit but those runners are stranded to end the inning.
#16 Grace Wren takes the mound in relief in the third. She holds the Lady Wolves scoreless with two strikeouts and fly out. Griffin singles in the bottom of the third but again, two runners are stuck on base in the inning. The Lady Tigers hold the Wolves scoreless in the fourth and start to chip away at the deficit plating one run and the score is 8-2 with Wren throwing five strike outs thus far.
#11 for Weston takes the mound in relief after Saint Mary’s scores four runs and have only one out with two runners on base. Burton comes to the plate and crushes the second pitch over the left field fence. The three-run shot propels the Lady Tigers to an 11-8 lead as they scored 9-runs in the inning. Saint Mary’s added insurance runs, but Wren held the Wolves scoreless in relief and finished the regular season one K shy of 200.
That’s right readers, an eighth grader with nearly 200 strike outs in a season. The additional home run by Burton puts her season total at 11. Coach Stephen Wren on the victory and season remarked, “I’m really proud of the fight we showed being down 8-1 in the second inning. It would have been easy for us to throw in the towel, but we played with a lot of grit. We’ve had a great season, and this was something very positive for us heading into the playoffs. Not sure who we will play, but I always tell the girls we have to worry about St. Mary’s. If we play the way I know we can and do the things we are supposed to do, then I think we can compete with whoever we play.”
Compete they will as the team will likely be in the 10 or 11 spot when the playoff bracket is released with a 23-10 record. Good luck in the playoffs Lady Tigers!