The Lady Leopard Varsity Softball team traveled Thursday-Saturday to Carrollton/Farmers Branch for the 40 team Tournament of Champions Softball Tournament this weekend. The team went 4-2 overall, scoring a total of 57 runs and only giving up 11.
The Lady Leopards began the tournament with 4 pool games against Rusk, Sunset, Berkner, and Garland. The team came up short in the first pool game against Rusk, losing 0-3. The team bounced back in the 2nd pool game defeating Sunset 13-0 and in the 3rd pool game defeating Berkner 17-0. Lovejoy finished up pool play on Friday with a win over Garland 13-2.
With the loss to Rusk, Lovejoy finished 2nd in their pool and moved into bracket play on Saturday. The Lady Leopards were placed in the second division for bracket play against Krum. Saturday also marked the day of win or go home in single elimination play. In game 1, Lovejoy started off the game scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning. The first run was scored by Carlee Schaeffer on a walk issued to Madeline Robinson. The second run was scored by Delaney DiCristofaro on a Holly Massey single to centerfield. Lovejoy scored another run in the 2nd inning by Leah Taylor on a Celeste Soliz ground ball to 2nd base. Krum knocked on the door in the bottom of the 2nd inning and were able to score 1. Lovejoy went down in order in the 3rd inning, but Sydney Provence shut them down from the circle with a strikeout to the leadoff batter followed by back to back outs by Taylor. Lovejoy added 4 more runs in the top of the 4th. Mackenzie Mitchell scored on a Taylor double and Taylor scored on the same play resulting from an error in the outfield. Schaeffer reached base on an error, then Soliz hit her in on a double. Rebecca Holiman topped it off with an in the park home run scoring Soliz. The last inning and a half were 3 up, 3 down and the final score was Lovejoy 8 and Krum 1. This win advanced Lovejoy into the semifinal game against El Paso Eastwood.
Despite out hitting Eastwood 9 to 7, the Lady Leopards were unable to hold on to the lead and were defeated 6-8. The first run of the game came off the bat of pitcher, Sydney Provence, on a single to right field. Rebecca Holiman had singled to lead off the inning and Madeline Robinson had laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Holiman to 2nd base. Holiman was able to score from 2nd base on the hit from Provence. Hannah Bohnenkamper came in as a courtesy runner for Provence. Holly Massey hit a single next to move Bohnenkamper to 2nd base followed by a bunt for single by Mackenzie Mitchell. With the bases loaded, Leah Taylor put the ball in play to the right side of the field, just beyond the 2nd baseman’s reach, and scored Bohnenkamper and Massey. Celeste Soliz doubles in Mitchell and Taylor to put the Lady Leopards ahead 5-0 after 2 innings. Eastwood answered back in the bottom of the 2nd inning with lead off triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. Fortunately, that was the lone score for Eastwood in that inning. Lovejoy went down in order in the top of the 3rd and Eastwood got the bats started and were difficult to stop. After allowing 3 runs to score, Bailey Bradshaw came in for Provence in relief. Unfortunately, there were already two baserunners on base and the combination of back to back to back singles made for a difficult situation for Lovejoy. The Lady Leopards finally stopped the offensive attack on a ground ball to Delaney DiCristofaro and a throw to Rebecca Holiman over at 1st base. However, the damage was done. Lovejoy did answer back in the top of the 4th inning on a lead off triple by Massey and an error on the shortstop that allowed her to score. With a 6-8 score, Mitchell kept the fire ignited with a single to centerfield. The efforts were not enough. The top of the lineup went down in order and the score remained Eastwood 8 and Lovejoy 6.
This truly is an amazing game and the Lovejoy Varsity Softball team has much more play in them to go. The JV and Varsity teams will travel to Argyle to face the Lady Eagles on Tuesday.