• Burleson sophomore Braily Wasik, shown in action earlier this season, hit a triple in the Lady Elks’ 7-0 loss to Saginaw Boswell Tuesday night in Cleburne in the opening-game of the team’s best-of-three Class 5A Region I area-round playoff series. BURLESON STAR/ANGELIQUE HAYES

Lady Elks drop opener to Saginaw Boswell

CLEBURNE - For the first time all season, Burleson’s softball team was shutout but that didn’t worry Lady Elks’ coach Summer Owen.

Following Tuesday’s 7-0 loss to Saginaw Boswell in the first game of the teams’ best-of-three Class 5A Region I area-round play at Cleburne, Owen reminded her squad that no team has beaten them twice this season.

“I have faith they will come back and that we will be playing on Friday,” Owen said. “We can use the day off to reassess and get back on track.”

Burleson (21-8) will take on Boswell (30-5) in Game 2 of the series at 7 p.m. today at Argyle. A deciding third game, if needed, is slated for 7 p.m. Friday at Argyle.

Boswell starting pitcher Julie Kennedy was in control in the circle most of the night. Kenney allowed five hits while striking out 14. The Lady Elks never had more than one runner on base at any time Tuesday.

“She was a good pitcher,” Owen said. “She definitely threw her game. She did a good job selling that rise ball and we were buying. Now we know what to expect from her.”

The Lady Elks best chance to score came in the fourth when Brailey Wasik hit a one-out triple to right field. But courtesy runner Brianna Trevino was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning before Kennedy struck out Bailey Whitley.

Boswell jumped on starter Wasik scoring three runs in the first on a pair of RBI hits and a run-scoring sacrifice fly. The Lady Pioneers added a pair of runs in the third and scored once in the fifth and seventh.

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