Marble Falls softball beats Leander in district opener

Marble Falls High School sophomore Makenzie Carpenter throws a strike during the 2-1 victory against Leander on Feb. 25. Photos by Gary Thomas/MFHS Softball

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

LEANDER — With one swing of a bat and limited defensive mistakes, the Marble Falls High School softball team stunned Leander 2-1 in the District 25-4A opener Feb. 25.

“We played solid as a team,” Lady Mustangs head coach Chelsea Heller said. “It was big to win the first district opener. I feel like our preseason, tournaments, really got us prepared.”

The Lady Lions took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring an unearned run.

And that advantage stood until Marble Falls senior Amanda Thomas reached base on an error in the top of the seventh inning.

Then, sophomore Makenzie Carpenter took over. She hit a two-run homer to bring home pinch runner Amber Blindert and give Marble Falls the lead.

Carpenter went to the circle, and Thomas got behind the plate.

The Lady Lions reached first base when a batter was hit by a pitch, and the next one laid down a  bunt but couldn’t move the runner to second.

Carpenter forced the next batter to hit a flyball to center field and easily handled the final out for the win.

“We played good defense, minus the two errors,” Heller said. “Finally got some hits strung together, and the girls were talking the whole time.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com

ON OFFENSE: Makenzie Carpenter 2-run homer, 2 RBIs

ON DEFENSE: Winning pitcher – Carpenter 3 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 1 unearned run

RECORDS: Marble Falls is 9-4 overall and 1-0 in District 25-4A; Leander is 0-1.

UP NEXT: Marble Falls at the A&M Consolidated Softball Tournament on Feb. 27-March 1. The Lady Mustangs face Lufkin at 9 a.m. and Round Rock Westwood at 11 a.m., both Feb. 27; Henderson at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 and Little Cypress-Mauriceville