Lady Elks stop Granbury finish in tie for second
A five-run outburst in the fourth inning turned Tuesday’s showdown for a share of second place in the District 5-5A softball standings into a 7-0 Burleson victory over Granbury at home.
With the win the Lady Elks (19-7, 11-3) forged a tie with Granbury for second place.
Following the game, a coin flip took place to determine the second and third seeds in the upcoming playoffs. Burleson won the coin flip and coach Summer Owen chose to take the third seed.
“They did a great job tonight,” Owen said. “I thought it was awesome to see them open up with hits whereas last time it took us four innings to get a hit off their pitcher. I loved seeing that change in their aggression and intensity.”
In the first half of district play, Granbury topped Burleson, 6-2.
Tuesday night, Lady Elks’ sophomore pitcher Brailey Wasik was able to work her way around seven walks and two hits to shutout the Lady Pirates. Wasik struck out seven in seven innings.
In the fourth inning, Burleson sent 10 hitters to the plate and managed five runs thanks to five singles.
Following the win, the program honored its three senior players – Natali Wheeler, Kyleigh Rich, and Julie Farley.
Wheeler had a nice night at the plate hitting a solo home run in the third inning and doubled in the first. Farley made two terrific plays at first base on line drives and turned one into an unassisted double play in the sixth. Rich made several nice plays in centerfield.
The Lady Elks will open the playoffs next week.