Sydney Provence, Harleigh Bettis and Rebecca Holiman all tagged team in the circle to take down the North Forney Falcons in district play on Saturday. Lovejoy scored 11 runs on 8 hits. North Forney scored 8 runs on 11 hits. Provence started the game for Lovejoy and threw 3 2/3 innings. She consistently threw strikes to North Forney and allowed her defense to work. Bettis entered the game following Bettis and was able to get the third out in the inning on a fly out to Leah Taylor. Holiman faced 2 batters in the 5th in relief and Celeste Soliz caught a girl attempting to steal 3rd to end the inning. Bettis returned for the remaining of the game and was able to hold on for Lovejoy to get the win.
Offensive leaders include:
Leah Taylor – 2 runs, 1 hit, 3 stolen bases, 1 RBI; Mackenzie Mitchell – 1 run, 2 stolen bases, 1 sac bunt, 2 walks; Celeste Soliz – 1 hit, 1 RBI; Alyssa DiFiore – 2 runs, 1 hit, 2 RBI, 1 walk; Harleigh Bettis – 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 stolen base, 1 walk; Carlee Schaeffer – 2 runs, 3 hits including 1 triple, 3 RBI; Rebecca Holiman – 2 runs, 1 stolen base, 1 walk; Holly Massey – 1 hit, 1 stolen base, 1 RBI
Lovejoy scored 1 run in the first, 4 in the second, 2 in the fourth, and 4 runs in the sixth inning. Consistent scoring and a ‘we’re not going to give up’ attitude lifted Lovejoy above North Forney when the girls could have given up. North Forney came within one run in the bottom of the 5th inning, but scoring 4 runs in the top of the sixth showed the fight Lovejoy has in the hunt for the playoffs.
On Friday night, Lovejoy postponed play against Wylie East in the middle of the second inning due to lightning in the area. The Lady Leopards will go back to work on Monday against the Raiders and will resume play where they left off — the bottom of the 2nd inning, down 0-1, and Alyssa DiFiore up the plate. This is a key game in the last week of district play. Lovejoy is 7-4 and chomping at the bit to clinch a playoff spot. Monday could be that night. Lovejoy will have Poteet at home on Tuesday and will play at Royse City on Friday to end district play.