JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — As the 2014 season was wrapping up, the Marble Falls High School softball team offered a glimpse of the 2015 squad.
It happened during the 12-4 loss to Leander Rouse in a District 25-4A game April 15. By winning, the Lady Raiders (5-6 district) swept the season series with Marble Falls (16-13 overall, 5-6 district) to claim the first tiebreaker, which is head-to-head play.
Lady Mustangs Savannah Johnson, Breigh Hamilton and Kaley Neal played in the infield and outfield, and Lexi Higgenbotham went in as a courtesy runner.
Marble Falls head coach Chelsey Heller said she told all players they better be ready to play at any position they were needed.
“You better step up,” she recalled saying. “That’s all we could do.”
Perhaps the most enjoyable thing for longtime fans was seeing four of the five seniors, who were honored before the game began in their final home game, enter the circle. Hamilton was the other pitcher.
They were Amanda Thomas, Sarah Hodgdon, Tyler Oppenheim and Skylar Riley. Only Naomi Macias, who’s the catcher, didn’t pitch.
“I never thought I’d have five different pitchers in a varsity game,” Heller said. “We even had a girl come up from (junior varsity) to pitch.”
The season began with three Lady Mustangs suffering season-ending knee injuries. Two others haven’t been healthy, though they’ve given quality minutes as much as they can.
The Lady Raiders scored six runs in the third inning with 10 players batting. They recorded five hits and had one hit by a pitch.
Rouse added three more in the fourth inning off three hits.
And just when it looked like the game would end in a run rule, the Lady Mustangs responded.
Thomas hit a two-run single to the center-right-field gap, and Corey Oppenheim added a two-run single, all in the sixth inning.
“We had to give it everything we had to beat them,” Heller said. “We threw the whole kitchen at them.”
ON OFFENSE: (Marble Falls) RBIs – Amanda Thomas 2, Corey Oppenheim 2; (Rouse) RBIs – Tevanae Tate 3, Baylee Pearce 2, Briyana Pool 2, Brooke Edwards 1, Alexis Hinojosa 1, Hailey Falloon 1
ON DEFENSE: (Rouse) winning pitcher – Chelsea Ham, 2 earned runs off 5 hits with no free bases and 4 strikeouts in 7 innings; (Marble Falls) losing pitcher — Amanda Thomas, 6 earned runs off 5 hits with 1 hit by a pitch in 2 innings
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 16-13 overall and 5-6 in District 25-4A; Rouse is 5-6 in district.
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. April 18, Marble Falls at Dripping Springs at the Dripping Springs Sports and Recreation Park, 27148 RR 12 in Dripping Springs
DISTRICT 25-4A SOFTBALL STANDINGS
Leander 10-2 (def. Vandegrift 4-1 on April 15)
Dripping Springs 8-3
Vista Ridge 7-4 (def. Dripping Springs 1-0 on April 15)
Marble Falls 5-6
Cedar Park 3-8
Leander baseball 7, Marble Falls 3
LEANDER — The Marble Falls High School baseball team lost 7-3 to Leander in a District 25-4A game April 15.
The loss means the Mustangs (10-11-3 overall, 4-7 district) are eliminated from playoff contention.
The Lions (6-5 district) struck first thanks to scoring on an RBI triple in the first inning.
Marble Falls responded in the second inning. J.T. Watson beat a blooper, which allowed two runs to score. Carson Bowen followed that by getting to first before the ball got there, allowing Bryce Fry to score for a 3-1 Marble Falls lead.
Leander scored four runs in the bottom of the second for a 5-3 lead then added two more off a single in the fourth inning.
Marble Falls ends its season in Game 2 of the series at 7 p.m. April 17 at Scearce Baseball Field, 2101 Mustang Drive.
DISTRICT 25-4A STANDINGS
Cedar Park 8-3
Dripping Springs 8-3 (def. Cedar Park 11-4 on April 15)
Vista Ridge 6-5
Marble Falls 4-7
Rouse 3-8 (def. Vista Ridge 11-8 on April 15)