The successful softball season continues on for the Smithville Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers clawed back to grab the road win 10-9 against La Grange last Wednesday, March 31, moving their season record to 17-1 on the season.
Smithville grabbed the early lead in the first inning, putting up three runs to open the game.
Brooke Otto became the Lady Tigers’ first baserunner when she singled to right field. Gabby Leal would join her on the bases by way of a walk before Otto scored the first run of the game when Marlee Deleon singled to center field.
Deleon and Leal would come around for the Lady Tigers when Abby Kennon singled on a line drive to right field to put Smithville up 3-0.
La Grange would close the gap in their half of the opening inning, adding a pair of runs to close the gap at 3-2.
Smithville would get the lead back to three in the top of the third. Otto would reach base on an errored play at third base but was caught trying to snag second.
Nikolette Schmidt then singled to right field to get on base. Leal then stepped up and also got on via a single.
Deleon then stepped up and doubled, driving the two runners in, giving the Lady Tigers the 5-2 lead.
With two outs in the fourth, the Lady Tigers would extend their lead to 7-2. Schmidt would single, filling the bases with Lady Tigers. A wild pitch and error in the same at bat for Leal scored the two runners, Hadlee Ladewig and Otto.
In the bottom of the fourth, La Grange woke up big, scoring seven runs to steal the lead at 9-7.
The Lady Tigers would not waver as they pulled within one in the top of the fifth inning. A sac bunt attempt moved baserunner Kiyanna Sampson to second, followed by a Kiara Trevino double that brought Sampson home to make the game 9-8.
After a quiet sixth by both teams, the Lady Tigers tied the game on a sac fly from Otto that drove in Ladewig to put the game at 9-9.
On the next play, Smithville retook the lead when Schmidt singled, driving in Mihyia Davis for the go ahead run at 10-9 in favor of the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers defense held strong, putting La Grange out on a double play to end the game.
Brooke Otto and Abby Kennon both went 3-for-4 in the game. Marlee Deleon picked up the win for the Lady Tigers’ comeback.
The Lady Tigers were back in action on April 6 at home against Giddings.