The Lady Leopards finish 2nd in District 15-5A following the win tonight at Leopard Park.
Kallie Killingsworth led the battle from the circle and pitched all 7 innings against Royce City. She pitched to allow her defense to work, and they did.
Offensively, JoJo McRae went 2 for 3 in the lead off spot with a triple, 4 RBI, 2 runs scored, and 1 stolen base. Celeste Soliz went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Leah Taylor went 1 for 4 with a bunt for a base hit. Emily Weichel hit 1 for 4 despite smacking the crud out of the ball. She also scored a run for the Leopards. Alyssa DiFiore hit 1 for 3 with a walk, and pinch runner, Harleigh Bettis, scored 1 run. Kylie Ramos hit 1 for 4 and scored a run. Kallie Killingsworth hit 1 for 2 while also drawing 2 walks. Jarica Larsen ran for Killingsworth as the courtesy runner for the pitcher. Mackenzie Mitchell hit 1 for 3 and scored 2 runs. Rebecca Holiman pinch hit and had an 8 pitch quality at bat. Mallory Lusby hit 0 for 2 on a ground out and fielder’s choice, but also walked once and scored twice.
As of tonight, the Lady Leopards have outscored their opponents 310 runs to 90! Way to go girls!!!!
Tonight’s game was mixed with emotions because it was the game identified as ‘Senior Night’. The Lady Leopards have been blessed with 6 amazing senior softball players and 1 unbelievably talented senior manager. These young ladies played for more than just a win tonight, they played as if it was the last time they would play on their home field.
#2 Mallory Lusby, Texas Tech University
Started 64 Consecutive Games coming into tonight.
#4 Alex Bellows, Oklahoma State University
Played 51 Games in 2 Years, Scored 52 Runs
#6 JoJo McRae, Athletic Scholarship to University of Maryland
154 Runs Scored
124 Stolen Bases
.611 On Base Percentage
#8 Kallie Killingsworth, University of Arkansas
99 Games Played & 99 Game Started, When she has been healthy, she has started!
#9 Emily Weichel
Academic Scholarship to University of Alabama
Will be first player in Lovejoy HS Softball history to start every game of her career tonight! 128 counting Tonight!
Also, if she plays in every inning, she would be the first player in the history of the program to have done that, freshman through senior year. Currently sitting at… 743 Consecutive Innings
Career Record: 452 Plate Appearances (Only 1 more than JoJo McRae, 451)
#15 Kylee Ramos, Texas Tech University
Started the last 63 Games in a Row… 502 Innings Played, Total of 4 Errors!
Taylor Dunagan: Associate Head Coach for this evening’s game!
Student Assistant Coach
Abilene Christian University
She presented the lineup at the plate tonight as an honor for all the work she has done over the past 3 years. She truly keeps our program running on a daily basis, she is our backbone! The kids even call her coach!
Congratulations to our seniors on a job well done!
The Lady Leopards will extend their season into the playoffs and will begin Bi-District competition next Thursday.
The schedule is as follows:
Lovejoy @ Sulphur Springs on Thursday at 7:00pm
Sulphur Springs @ Lovejoy on Friday at 7:00pm
Sulphur Springs vs. Lovejoy @ Royce City at 12:00pm (if game 3 is needed)
Be sure to get your 2017 Lovejoy playoff shirt and come support your Lady Leopards as they take on Sulphur Springs!