JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BISTRO — The Burnet High School softball team’s historic season continued May 1 with a bi-district championship victory against Gonzales.
The Lady Dawgs (20-4-2 overall, 7-5 District 26-4A) defeated the Apaches (14-16) 4-1 in Game 2 to clinch the best-of-three series. Burnet beat Gonzales 3-2 in Game 1 on April 30.
“It took a little bit of weight off our shoulders,” head coach Corey Bledsoe said. “We enjoyed this.”
Burnet is now preparing to face Needville in a best-of-three series that begins May 9 at Giddings High School, 2337 N. Main St., with times for the games still to be announced.
In a surprise move against Gonzales, Burnet head coach Corey Bledsoe started Amber Womack at pitcher. The 6 p.m. sun was in the eyes of the outfielder, who missed a well-hit ball, allowing Gonzales’ Jacey Burton to begin the game with a triple. Morgan Mason picked up the RBI on a sacrifice flyball.
After that, Womack retired 13 consecutive batters.
“Amber is coming back from injury,” Bledsoe said. “For her to hold her composure was special to me. She kept us in it until we (got going offensively).”
Pitcher Makenzie Carpenter took over in the sixth and seventh innings and did not allow a hit en route to striking out four of the six batters she faced. In all, the Apaches stranded only one batter in seven innings.
“Makenzie put the nails in the coffin and mowed them down,” the coach said.
The Lady Dawgs tied the game in the second inning when Carpenter hit an RBI double that brought home Vanessa Escamilla. Escamilla began the inning with a double, one play after she had a diving stop of a line drive at third base. She threw the batter out from her knees.
As she ran into the dugout to pick up a bat, Bledsoe stopped her. He told her what he loved about softball was that after a defensive player makes an incredible defensive play, she usually responds with a great base hit.
“She grinned, then belted one down the line and finished it out,” he said with a grin.
That score stood until the fifth inning when Rose Bailey hit a two-run triple to bring home Womack and Shelby Wilson. The triple came when Burnet had two outs.
Lexey Parker added an RBI single in the sixth inning.
“We hit the ball hard,” Bledsoe said. “They played good defense, and we hit the ball hard when we needed to and closed out.”
He noted sweeping the series was not easy because the Apaches came ready to play each game.
“Gonzales did an excellent job,” Bledsoe said. “They were scrappy, they never bowed down, they played hard, they never gave up.”
ON OFFENSE: RBIs – Bailey 2, Carpenter 1, Parker 1
ON DEFENSE: Pitching – Womack: 1 earned run off 2 hits with no walks and 5 strikeouts in five innings; Carpenter: no runs, no hits, no walks and 4 strikeouts in two innings
RECORDS: Burnet is 20-4-2 overall; Gonzales is 14-16.
UP NEXT: May 9, Burnet vs. Needville at Giddings High School, 2337 N. Main St. in Giddings, with time still to be announced