Senior catcher Steely Southard scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night to lift Blooming Grove to a 6-5 win over 6th-ranked Mildred, forcing a tie for first place in the District 23-2A softball standings. The win snapped Mildred’s district three-year winning streak.
Falcon Thompson earned the win on the mound win for BG. She scattered 10 hits over eight innings, allowing one earned run while striking out five batters and walking four.
Mildred scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Lions responded with a pair of runs in their last at-bat to force the extra inning. Sarah Conger was hit by a pitch and Brooke Koscielniak reached on a fielder's choice, and then both crossed home plate on Mariah Horner's two-run single to right-center field to knot things at 5-5.
Horner and Southard both finished 2 for 3 at the plate to lead Blooming Grove.
Southard scored a run, drove in another and stole two bases, while Horner scored one and drove in two. Danielle Lima was 2 for 2 and scored a run, while Sidney Horner finished 2 for 4, scored once and stole a base. Brittany Nichols had an RBI-single for Blooming Grove, while Koscielniak and Rachel East also had hits.
Corsicana 13, Nacogdoches 8
The Tigers improved to 3-0 in the District 16-4A race with a wild win. Corsicana led 5-1 and hen fell behind 7-5 before erupting for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
Frost 7, Italy 2
Jae Moore improved to 6-0 on the mound while Hillaree Schwartz went 2 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs to lead Frost at the plate. Madison Revill went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs and Jennifer Andrews went 1 for with a triple.The Lady Polar Bears are now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in district play.