Despite the tough competition, the Lovejoy Varsity Softball team fought together to battle through. The team went 2-4 over the three day tournament and walked away with many lessons learned and room to grow.
Lovejoy opened the tournament on Thursday against a very tough Elgin team. Carlee Schaeffer, Celeste Soliz, and Mackenzie Mitchell all had singles in the contest, but the team was unable to score in the 0-13 loss. The next contest found a different outcome as Lovejoy bounced back with 10 hits, 0 errors, and a solid pitching outing by Bailey Bradshaw. Delaney DiCristofaro led the offense with six RBI’s, including a line drive grand slam over the centerfield wall. Lovejoy defeated Leander Rouse 13-3. Mitchell and Soliz had multiple hits and Leah Taylor, Carlee Schaeffer, DiCristofaro, Madeline Robinson, Rebecca Holiman, and Bailey Bradshaw each had one hit.
Lovejoy played 2 games as well on Friday. Sydney Provence led the charge from the circle getting the win. She had two strikeouts and gave up no walks in the 10-9 win over Cedar Park. The Lady Leopard offense was led by Soliz, Taylor, and Holiman who all had multiple hits. Holly Massey, Schaeffer, Robinson, and DiCristofaro all had 1 hit to contribute. In fact, DiCristofaro hit her second home run of the tournament in the contest and stacked up 4 RBI’s in the game. The team demonstrated patience at the plate drawing a total of 5 walks by Taylor, Soliz (2), Schaeffer, and Mitchell. In addition to DiCristofaro’s home run, Taylor and Robinson also had extra base hits. The second contest of the evening was against Dripping Springs. Both teams contributed 6 hits each in the contest, but Dripping Springs’ timely scoring was too much for the Lady Leopards. Lovejoy dropped the game 4-7 despite the late efforts in the 6th inning.
Saturday ended the tournament with losses to St. Agnes Academy and Fredericksburg. The contest against St. Agnes started out neck and neck, but the St. Agnes was able to break open the game with a 5 run 4th inning. Despite the close game to start, Lovejoy dropped the game 3-10 failing to answer back. Massey, Schaeffer, and Mitchell had singles in the game. The second game against Fredericksburg was tough to start. Both teams dominated from the circle and on defense. Unfortunately, Lovejoy was unable to answer back offensively once Fredericksburg began to score in the 4th inning. The contest ended with a 0-7 for Lovejoy.
The Lady Leopards will go back to work against @ Plano East on Tuesday.