Girls Varsity Softball · Varsity Softball Struggles at Turf War Tournament

The Lovejoy Varsity Softball team walked away winless despite great offensive improvements.  Lovejoy faced Plano West (District 9-6A) and Northwest (District 8-5A) on Thursday, Paschal (District 4-6A) and Southlake Carroll (District 5-6A) on Friday, and Wolfforth Frenship (District 2-6A) on Saturday.

Lovejoy competed early against Plano West holding them to a score of 4-0 after 3 innings.  The 6 run 4th inning sealed the deal for West and Lovejoy fell in the opener 0-10 in 5 innings.  Leah Taylor kept West from completing a no-hitter with her single and Celeste Soliz reached base on a walk.  Lovejoy hitters put the ball in play, but could not capitalize on the West errors to score.  Sydney Provence took the loss from the circle.  Provence gave up 10 runs on 13 hits and struck out 3.

Game 2 of the day was against Northwest.  Northwest managed 6 runs on 6 hits in the contest, but Lovejoy was able to score 4 in the bottom of the 3rd to tie up the contest.  Leah Taylor and Delaney DiCristofaro both doubled in the game and Mackenzie Mitchell also contributed a hit.  Lovejoy demonstrated patience at the plate and drew 6 walks in the contest and put the ball in play causing errors by the Northwest defense.  Despite the slow start, Lovejoy rallied behind pitcher, Bailey Bradshaw, to end in a 6-6 tie.  Bradshaw gave up 6 runs on 6 hits and had 4 walks in the game.

Day 2 of the tournament took Lovejoy to Southlake Carroll High School where they started off the day against Ft. Worth Paschal.  Lovejoy scored 5 runs on 5 hits, but the damage had already hit.  Paschal dropped 8 runs in the 3rd inning and Lovejoy pitching couldn’t stop the bleeding.  Offensively, Bailey Bradshaw hit a double and Rebecca Holiman a home run to lead the way in hitting.  Carlee Schaeffer, Holly Massey, and Holiman had RBI’s and Massey, Holiman, Bradshaw, Leah Taylor, and Grace Nguyen all had hits for Lovejoy.  Provence and Bradshaw shared duties in the circle.  Provence gave up 7 runs on 6 hits, struck out 2, and walked 2.  Bradshaw gave up 5 runs on 3 hits, struck out 1, and walked 2.  Lovejoy took the loss 5-12 to Paschal.

The nightcap game against Southlake Carroll was the by far, the most competitive Lovejoy played in the tournament.  It may have been freezing, but you wouldn’t have known it from the dugout.  Lovejoy came out firing to compete and competed for 7 innings.  Provence got the start in the circle and took care of business early.  Carroll flew out to start the game to Mackenzie Mitchell in center and Provence helped herself out with 2 strikeouts.  Lovejoy went down in order in the bottom of the 1st.  Carroll put 2 runs on the board in the top of the 2nd on 2 defense errors by Lovejoy, but Delaney DiCristofaro’s triple and Bailey Bradshaw’s single ignited the field to keep the Lady Leopards in the game.  Carroll and Lovejoy both went down in order in the 3rd inning.  Carroll had a big 4th inning that started with a lead off home run to right field followed by a double and 3 singles.  Lovejoy was able to get 3 straight outs on a DiCristofaro/Soliz fielder’s choice, fly out to Massey, and a line out to Mitchell.  Lovejoy answered back again in the bottom of the 4th inning.  Bradshaw comes up clutch with a single to center field to score Soliz and keep the Lady Leopards in the game.  Carroll is held scoreless and hitless in the 5th and Lovejoy still answers back again.  Mitchell doubled to lead of the 5th inning and Holiman singles in Mitchell to closen the score 3-6.  Carroll got a single in the top of the 6th, but solid defense by DiCristofaro, Schaeffer, and Bradshaw keep them from scoring.  Despite a walk to Taylor, Lovejoy was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the 6th.  Carroll homered in the top of the 7th to put the team up over Lovejoy 7-3.  Lovejoy was unable to answer back and took the loss.  Provence and Bradshaw teamed up in the circle allowing 7 runs on 10 hits, but improved to allow no walks in the contest.

Lovejoy was unable to capitalize on a 10 run first inning against Frenship and took the loss in the last game played in the tournament, 12-13.  Schaeffer, DiCristofaro, Robinson, and Holiman all doubled in the contest.  The team drew 8 walks as well.  Provence started, was relieved by Bradshaw, and reentered to finish the game.  Together, they gave up 13 runs on 11 hits, each walked 3, and each struck out 1.  The Lovejoy offense pounded the ball to score and even thought they entered the last inning with a 12-9 lead, was unable to hold on and took the loss.

The Lady Leopards will go back to work on the road Friday against Celina.