• Burleson’s Lauren Isbell heads to first after getting a hit on Friday.  BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Granbury sinks Lady Elks

Granbury scored twice in the fourth and five times in the fifth to hand Burleson an 8-2 loss in both team’s District 9-5A softball openers.

Burleson’s runs came on a two-run home run by Zoe Miranda.

The Lady Elks return to 9-5A play Tuesday hosting Cleburne and play Friday at Joshua.

Lady Elks play in second tournament

The Lady Elks went 1-4 over the weekend at the Black-N-Blue Tournament co-hosted by Centennial.

“For the most part I thought we played well,” Summer Owen said. “We did have some positive things for sure, it just didn’t always result in a win.”

Burleson opened the tournament with a 23-0 run-rule win Thursday over Maypearl. Hayley Vasquez and Kyleigh Rich combined for the shutout.

Natali Wheeler, Miranda and Bridgette Montes each had three RBI. Miranda had two doubles and Wheeler doubled. Maddie McGovern drove in two runs and a hit a home run. Saeya Esparza had two RBI and Bella Incencio tripled.

“The victory over Maypearl was impressive in my eyes simply because I saw my team jump on the slower pitching early on instead of waiting an inning or two to catch on,” Owen said.

Later on Thursday, Kailynn Zeiner drove in a pair of runs in the Lady Elks, 6-2, loss to Plano West, the eventual tournament champion.

“I thought we fought well against such a strong team,” Owen said.

On Friday, Mansfield Lake Ridge scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to top the Lady Elks.

Driving in two runs for Burleson were Miranda, Kyleigh Rich and Taylor Sutton. Miranda had a double and triple in the loss. Lauren Minor and McGovern each hit doubles.
Burleson lost in the bottom of the eighth later on Thursday in an 11-10 loss to Ennis.

The Lady Elks collected 12 hits in the loss. Wheeler had three hits (2 doubles, triple) and drove in two runs. Lauren Isbell doubled and had two RBI. Miranda collected three hits and doubled. Esparza and Minor doubled.

In its final tournament game, Burleson lost to Grandview, 11-1, Saturday. Rich registered an RBI and Wheeler doubled. It was the one lost that Owen was pleased with during the tournament.

“We came out early and scored first but then fell silent,” Owen said. “We had stranded base-runners almost every inning and that simply can’t happen. We didn’t execute when we needed to then we let our actions at the plate translate to what we were doing on defense and got sloppy on a few plays that resulted in multiple runs.”

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Burleson’s Lauren Isbell heads to first after getting a hit on Friday.  BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE