The JV Lady Leopards showed up and showed out at the JV Princeton Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Lovejoy went 3-1 in the tournament with a 2nd place finish behind Northwest. The JV squad won all three pool games on Friday defeating Frisco Independence 9-0, Frisco Heritage 10-7, and Princeton 10-3. The championship game between Lovejoy and Northwest was played Saturday and Lovejoy was defeated 6-11.
Game 1 against Independence was a shutout performance from pitcher, Karsen Patterson. She only gave up 2 hits, no earned runs, walked 2, and struck out 6 batters in the contest. The defense only committed 1 error behind Patterson and Hannah Bohnenkamper was a wall behind the plate. Offensively, Bohnenkamper walked and scored a run. Avery Archer had 1 RBI. Patterson walked and scored a run. Garcia had 2 hits and scored twice. Mia Chase walked twice and scored 2 runs. Katie Dolberry had 1 hit, scored 2 runs, and had 1 RBI. Rachel Hoeffner had 1 hit, scored a run, and had 1 RBI.
Game 2 against Heritage was a little closer in score due to the fact that Heritage kept fighting through the contest, but Lovejoy didn’t let up. Lovejoy was up 6-0 before Heritage was able to score a run. Patterson pitched and allowed only 1 earned run in the game. Heritage had 7 runs on 5 hits compared to Lovejoy who had 10 runs on 2 hits. The Lady Leopard hitters demonstrated patience at the plate drawing 8 walks in the contest. Offensively, Bohnenkamper walked once and scored 2 runs. Hoeffner walked 3 times and scored once. Patterson walked once, had 1 hit, scored a run, and had 1 RBI. Garcia walked once and scored a run. Emma Bittlestone scored a run and had 1 RBI. Chase had 1 double and 2 RBI. Dolberry drew a walk and scored a run. Archer walked once and scored 2 runs. Lauren Carlson scored a run.
Game 3 against Princeton was marked by the home run hit by Mia Chase over the left field wall. The entire offense showed up this game and Patterson was dominant in the circle. Princeton scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning and didn’t score again. Lovejoy scored 10 runs on 8 hits and cut down their errors to 2 in the game. Patterson gave up 0 earned runs and struck out 4 batters in the 4 inning game. Offensively, Bohnenkamper had 1 hit, 1 RBI, and scored 3 runs. Archer had 1 hit and scored 2 runs. Patterson had 1 hit and 2 RBI. Garcia had a double. Chase had 2 hits, including a home run, 1 RBI, and 2 total hits in the game. Hoeffner had 1 hit, drew a walk, and scored 2 runs. Dolberry had 1 hit, 2 RBI, and scored a run. Carlson had 1 RBI.
Game 4 was the Championship game against Northwest. Northwest had 11 runs on 6 hits, but only 2 of the 11 runs were earned. Patterson once again had a stellar performance and gave the team a chance to win, however, errors in the field caused the team to fall. The Lady Leopards fought through the entire game despite the early deficit in the 1st inning. Lovejoy fought back with 3 runs in the 2nd inning and 3 runs in the 4th inning, but it wasn’t enough to compete with the Northwest hitters. Offensively, Bohnenkamper drew 2 walks, had 1 RBI, and scored a run. Archer drew 1 walk and had 1 RBI. Bittlestone had a double and an RBI. Garcia drew 1 walk. Patterson drew a walk and scored 1 run. Chase drew a walk and scored a run. Hoeffner drew a walk and scored a run. Dolberry had a hit, drew a walk, and scored 2 runs. Carlson drew a walk and had an RBI.
The JV Lady Leopard Softball team has a overall current record of 5-1 and an opportunity to go back to work on Tuesday against Royse City on the road.