JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BURNET — The Burnet High School baseball team took care of Lampasas 8-1 on April 18 to stay a game behind Llano in the District 8-3A standings.
The Yellow Jackets (12-12 overall, 7-2 district) defeated Brownwood 6-5 on April 18.
In its game, Burnet (13-10 overall, 6-3 district) scored a run in the first inning and exploded for five in the second. The Badgers (4-15 overall, 2-7 district) plated their only run in the third inning, while the Bulldogs scored their final two runs in the fifth.
“The one thing we did a great job of, and it’s important, at the plate, we got the hit we’ve been looking for,” head coach Steven Shipley said. “We got those hits with the bases loaded and two outs.”
The contest featured three Burnet pitchers. Trent Rockafellow pitched three innings, while Colton Barksdale and Shae Edmonds each threw two innings. Barksdale recorded five strikeouts, while Edmonds had four. The trio gave up a total of three hits.
“We played great baseball again like we have the past three or four weeks,” Shipley said. “We got hits when we needed them. We did a great job playing defense and pitching.”
What pleased the coach was his players’ ability to snap a two-game losing streak that began with a 12-5 loss to Liberty Hill on April 4 and a 4-3 setback to Llano on April 15.
“We were really hoping to win at least one of those two,” Shipley said. “It was tough to lose those two. The important thing for us, though, is that we lost them playing good baseball. We didn’t beat ourselves. The other team beat us, they outscored us.”
The regular season ends April 22. Llano is at Liberty Hill, 16500 Texas 29 West in Liberty Hill, while Burnet travels to Brownwood.
ON OFFENSE: (Burnet) RBIs – Taylor Barksdale 2, Garrett Cox 1
ON DEFENSE: Winning pitcher – Trent Rockafellow
RECORDS: Burnet is 13-10 overall and 6-3 in District 8-3A; Lampasas is 4-15 overall and 2-7 in district.
UP NEXT: 7 p.m. April 22, Burnet at Brownwood (8-18, 2-7),
DISTRICT 8-3A BASEBALL STANDINGS
Liberty Hill 8-1 (def. Gatesville 2-1 in 8 innings)
Llano 7-2 (def. Brownwood 6-5)
Gatesville 2-7, 9-18
Lampasas 2-7, 4-15
Brownwood 2-7, 8-18
Lampasas softball 15, Burnet 7
BURNET — The Burnet High School softball team lost 15-7 to Lampasas on April 18 to end its season.
The District 8-3A match was highlighted by home runs from Lampasas’ Katie Corbin in the second and fifth innings and Megan Sittner in the fourth inning. The players combined for seven and three RBIs, respectively.
Lady Dawgs head coach Corey Bledsoe, in his first year, said his players’ season was one of learning.
“We’re young, and we’re counting on some girls,” he said. “Some of the girls are juniors. They need to get more comfortable.”
Bledsoe noted the seven free bases Lampasas was given. Add that to the number of errors, and fans can see how the Lady Badgers were able to score 10 runs off three homers.
Still, Bledsoe said those parts of the sport will help the players with consistency and understanding the importance of making an opponent earn a win. And that will be important, he said, when considering both Lampasas and Liberty Hill were ranked in the top 20 by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
“We have to develop and continue go get better in every part,” Bledsoe said. “We continue to grow the talent here, we continue to keep growing. We have to push ourselves on it.”
ON OFFENSE: (Lampasas) home runs – Katie Corbin 2, Megan Sittner; RBIs – Corbin 7, Sittner 3, Alex Carruthers 2, Tori Caruthers 2, Blakely Brookerson 1. (Burnet) RBIs – Vanessa Escamilla 2, Shelby Wilson 1, Emily Nodecker 1, Rose Bailey 1, Jill Rosow 1.
ON DEFENSE: (Lampasas) winning pitcher — Lawson, 4 earned runs off 3 hits with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts in 3 innings; (Burnet) losing pitcher – Landree Thompson, 5 runs (1 earned) with 1 walk and 1 hit by pitch in 1 inning
RECORDS: Burnet is 15-11 overall and 3-7 in District 8-3A; Lampasas is 5-5 in district.
DISTRICT 8-3A STANDINGS
Liberty Hill 10-0 (def. Gatesville 4-3)
Llano 3-7, 13-15 (def. Brownwood 9-0)