Bersuch, Lady Spartans shutout Lady Elks, 8-0
Serena Bersuch admitted she was a little nervous Monday night.
A year ago, the junior was pitching for Centennial’s junior varsity softball team and the size of the crowd in the stands at Burleson was a bit intimidating she said.
But after shaky first inning, Bersuch settled down, firing a five-hit shutout as the Lady Spartans registered an 8-0 District 9-5A win.
“I was super-nervous in the first inning but once we got ahead, I calmed down a little bit,” Bersuch said. “I’ve never seen the stands so packed.”
Centennial (6-7, 4-1)jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning thanks to aggressive play at the plate and on the bases. The Lady Elks helped things along with a pair of fielding errors.
“We were aggressive at the plate and on the bases,” Centennial coach Shannon Sullivan said. “It was huge to execute the little things to post that win. Anytime you play a crosstown rival there is always that little umph you have to put in to win and we did that.”
With one out and a runner at first, Gracie Morton doubled and Barker followed with a walk. A single by Reagan Ellison put the Lady Spartans up 2-0. With runners at second and third following an error on a rundown play, Laney Vaughn reached on an error to load the bases. Centennial then added two runs on error for a 4-0 lead and Mac Harshbarger’s single to left put the Lady Spartans up 5-0 before the Lady Elks came to the plate.
“I’ve never seen us make that many errors (in a game),” Burleson coach Summer Owen said. “We had 12 errors and all of them were on the infield. Infield errors can’t help because infield errors should be outs all the time. After that first inning when they scored five runs, our mental game just shut down. I think we came in thinking we won last time we played and that we had this one, but Centennial is a good team and you are going to have to play them. Yesterday’s home runs don’t matter, it’s all about today and it didn’t seem like they were ready to play, apparently.”
The last time the team’s met, Burleson topped Centennial, 9-8, in eight innings. It was the Lady Elks first win over their arch-rivals since 2013.
Burleson (8-7, 3-2) threatened in the first as Bridgette Montes walked and Audrey Schneidmiller reached on an error but Bersuch induced an inning-ending fly ball to the center field wall off Brailey Wasik’s bat.
“She missed a couple of spots early but part of that was me calling the wrong pitch on their hitters,” Centennial coach Shannon Sullivan said. “There are a lot of new girls in their lineup and once we got that worked out, Serena did a great job in the circle executing her pitches and defense stood up behind her.”
Centennial parlayed three errors and a single by Morton into a pair of runs and a 7-0 lead in the second inning. Kylee Gowin, who had reached on an error, and Morton, who singled, both scored when an Ellison grounder turned into an error.
The Lady Elks had two runners on in the fourth and seventh innings and lone runners in the third and fifth but couldn’t score.
“I did miss a few spots and that got me nervous,” Bersuch said. “I love my outfield. Burleson hit some balls hard and I freaked out a little but then I saw Gracie (Morton) standing there all calm. As long as Gracie’s out there I know I’m good.”
Owen didn’t mince words about her hitters approach at the plate Monday night and their lack of adjustments in later at bats.
“Our hitters didn’t do anything tonight,” Owen said. “They didn’t make adjustments. Everyone wanted to be a hero. No one wanted to get a base hit, they were all swinging for the fences and that resulted in pop up, after pop up, after pop up. We didn’t make their defense do anything crazy and when you don’t make the defense play, you don’t give yourself a shot.”
Burleson rallies past Cleburne
After watching Cleburne score four runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead, Burleson answered with its own four-run outburst in the sixth as the Lady Elks went on to an 8-5 district win Tuesday afternoon at Cleburne.
Lauren Minor was hit by a pitch to open the sixth. She then stole second base and moved to third on Maddie McGovern’s one-out single. Minor scored on a pop out by Montes and McGovern moved to second.
Natali Wheeler followed with a single that put runners at first and third with two out. Lauren Isbell followed with a two-run double for a 6-4 lead and Schneidmiller doubled home Isbell for the fourth run of the inning.
Wasik and Hayley Vasquez combined in the circle to stop the Lady Yellow Jackets. Wasik started and picked up the win working five innings. She allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits. Wasik struck out three and walked two. Vasquez tossed the last two innings to register the save. She allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work.
The Lady Elks host Arlington Seguin Tuesday night.
Granbury tops Centennial
Things didn’t go well for Centennial Tuesday afternoon at home against Granbury as the Lady Pirates scored four runs late to defeat the Lady Spartans, 4-2, in district play.
The loss was Centennial’s first in district play. The Lady Spartans return to district play Tuesday at Joshua.
Centennial took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run inside-the-park home run by Morton.
The Lady Spartans held the lead until the sixth when Granbury scored three times. The Lady Pirates got a run on an RBI-single and took the lead on a two-run triple. Granbury added an insurance run in the seventh on a run-scoring fielder’s choice.
Mackenzie Law had two hits of the Lady Spartans four hits.
Bersuch took the loss. The junior worked seven innings allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits. She struck out four and walked one.
Lady Spartans run-rule Seguin
Centennial hammered Arlington Seguin, 21-0, for a three-inning rule-run win Friday at home.
Presley Green tossed a three-inning shutout for the win. Green allowed two hits while striking out four.
Madison Thurman hit a three-run double to pace the offense. Gowin, Carly Eller and Harshbarger each had two RBI. Mackenzie Law hit a triple. Gowin, who had two hits, ripped a double. Vaughn also had a double.
Lady Elks top Everman
Friday night, Burleson scored six runs in the seventh inning to win at Everman, 8-4. Going into the top of the seventh, the Lady Elks held a 2-1 lead.
Julie Farley opened the seventh with a double and moved to third on a passed ball. After Maddie McGovern walked, Farley scored on a passed ball to give Burleson a 3-1 lead. McGovern then scored on an error.
With one out, Montes singled to keep the rally alive. Lauren Isbell followed with a single to left to put runners at first and second base. Schneidmiller then drove home Montes with an RBI-single.
Isabella Inocencio walked with two-out to load the bases before Lauren Minor hit a two-run single to center for a 7-1 lead. After Farley walked, Inocencio scored the Lady Elks eighth run of the game on a wild pitch.
Vasquez picked up the win in relief of starting pitcher Wasik.
Vasquez scattered four hits over 3.2 innings while allowing four runs. She struck out three and walked four. Wasik fanned five in the 3.1 innings. She gave up one hit and walked one.