JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — The Burnet High School baseball team lost 12-5 to Liberty Hill in a District 8-3A game April 11.
With the loss, Liberty Hill now has first place in district all to itself, and Burnet and Llano will be in a showdown for second place at 7 p.m. April 15.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Panthers (19-5 overall, 6-1 district) took advantage of five walks in the third inning. In the end, Liberty Hill plated seven runs for a commanding lead.
The Bulldogs (12-9-3 overall, 5-2 district) responded with three runs in their half of the inning. But the Panthers added two runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth to keep Burnet at bay.
“We faced adversity,” Burnet head coach Steven Shipley said.
When Burnet scored the three runs, Shipley said he felt momentum had turned back to his team’s favor.
“It felt like we were winning the game with the way we responded,” he said. “If we had shut them out the next couple of innings, I’m confident in saying we come back and beat them.”
The Bulldogs stranded eight runners, including six in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
“We had bases loaded with one out and scored one run,” Shipley said. “They had bases loaded and one out and scored six.”
ON OFFENSE: (Burnet) RBIs – Ben Rundzheir 2, Taylor Barksdale 1; (Liberty Hill) RBIs – Colby Schmidt 2, Cody Remore 2, Slater Foust 1, Tristan Heidelberg 1, Mason Baty 1, Garrett Wright 1
ON DEFENSE: (Liberty Hill) winning pitcher – Kannon Pryor, 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits with 1 walks and 6 strikeouts in 4 innings; (Burnet) losing pitcher — Shae Edmonds, 7 runs (6 earned) on 2 hits with 6 walks and 1 hit by pitch with no strikeouts in 2⅓ innings.
QUOTABLE: “Shae competed more than any other kid in that situation. I’m extremely proud of his competitiveness,” Burnet head coach Steven Shipley said about his pitcher.
RECORDS: Burnet is 12-9-3 overall and 5-2 in District 8-3A; Liberty Hill is 19-5 overall and 6-1 in district
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. April 15, Burnet at Llano. Field is located near Llano Elementary School, 1600 Oatman St. in Llano.
DISTRICT 8-3A BASEBALL STANDINGS
Liberty Hill 6-1 (def. Burnet 12-5)
Llano 5-2 (def. Gatesville 12-11 in 8 innings)
Lampasas 2-5 (def. Brownwood 3-2)
Liberty Hill softball 7, Burnet 0
BURNET — The Burnet High School softball team fell 7-0 to Liberty Hill in a District 8-3A game April 11.
The Lady Panthers (21-5 overall, 8-0 district) plated a run in the third inning, two in the sixth and four in the seventh innings. In all, they had 12 hits.
Liberty Hill pitcher Sam Junkin threw a two-hitter.
The Lady Dawgs’ (14-10 overall, 2-6 district) season comes down to winning their final two games to force a postseason play-in game against Gatesville next week.
First up is a road date at Llano at 6 p.m. April 15. Burnet finishes with a home date against Lampasas later in the week.
ON OFFENSE: (Burnet) home run – Payton Walker, Joely Williamson; RBIs – Baylie Bevers 2, Williamson 1, Lynnette Clarke 1, Walker 1
ON DEFENSE: (Liberty Hill) winning pitcher – Sam Junkin (11-4), no runs on 2 hits with 8 strikeouts; (Burnet) losing pitcher – Landree Thompson (2-6), 2 strikeouts in 2⅓ innings.
RECORDS: Burnet is 14-10 overall and 2-6 in District 8-3A; Liberty Hill 21-5 and 8-0 in district
UP NEXT: 6 p.m. April 15, Burnet at Llano at Robinson City Park, located on FM 152 in Llano
DISTRICT 8-3A STANDINGS
Liberty Hill 8-0 (def. Burnet 7-0)
Brownwood 5-3 (def. Lampasas 2-1)
Llano 2-6 (def. Gatesville 6-3)