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Lady Cats earn tough win over East View

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    Kiana Gibson, #2, launches a homerun over the left field fence. Photo by Erin Anderson Photography

It was another successful week for the Lady Cats as they ran away from Hutto last Tuesday 13-3, and then on Friday night hosted a highly-ranked East View team itching to spoil Elgin’s perfect district record.

Unlike the previous four games where the Lady Cats (14-7) offense had very little trouble getting runs across the plate, the Lady Patriot pitcher proved to be quite a challenge for the Elgin batters, scattering only four hits throughout the game.

Luckily, the Lady Cats had their defense and Gracy Crafts on their side as she pitched masterfully, scattering four hits as well, striking out 13 East View hitters in seven innings.

The first three innings were scoreless for both teams, as only Elgin second baseman Gracie Pena managed to get a hit in the third. The Lady Pats worked a single in the top of the fourth, but did no further damage. The bottom of the inning had Alexis Cathey leading off, who immediately scorched a double against the fence. After Cathey being sacrificed to third, shortstop Kiana Gibson found the pitch she had been searching for all night and blasted a homerun over the left field fence, making the score 2-0.

Being the solid team they are, East View did not give in easily and opened the top of the fifth inning with a single. The next batter attempted to sacrifice bunt, but put the ball almost straight up in the air. The Elgin pitcher, third baseman and catcher all ran in to catch the ball but were not able to make the play. Making something great out of nothing, Elgin catcher Morgan Heine quickly picked up the ball and threw a strike to second base, forcing the lead runner for the Lady Patriots for the first out.

Crafts then struggled a bit as she walked the next two batters, loading the bases for East View team with only one out. Then Gracy proved why she is one of the top pitchers in central Texas, striking out the next two batters to leave the runners stranded and no runs scored.

The last two innings saw neither team threatening to score, with Crafts ending the game in style, striking out all three Lady Pats batters to end the game. Second baseman Gracie Pena had a nice night for Elgin with two hits in two at bats.

Coach Amanda Wolf-Schramm was really pleased with the team’s composure. The coaches are working on instilling a “next play mentality” with the team, and she saw several examples of the group responding positively to that ethic. She also said it wasn’t the teams best offensive outing, but she was happy with the adjustments and the situational hitting they did have.

Elgin Lady Cats played on Tuesday night at Bastrop and have a bye on March 29.