Late rally helps Lady Spartans complete sweep of Waxahachie
Centennial softball coach Shannon Sullivan loves to tout team-effort.
The Lady Spartans displayed that team concept Saturday afternoon in a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Waxahachie in Game 2 of the team’s best-of-three Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff series.
After struggling for four innings against Lady Indians starting pitcher Lilly Graham, the Lady Spartans erased a 4-0 Waxahachie lead with a six-run outburst to sweep the series and advance to an area-round matchup with Dallas Molina.
Centennial’s Reagan Ellison snapped a 4-4 tie with a two-out, two-run home run to left field in the sixth inning.
Waxahachie took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on Kayle Burdine’s two-out grand slam off Centennial starter Presley Green.
Serena Bersuch, the winning pitcher in Game One, entered the game in the second inning and proceeded to blank the Lady Eagles for the next six innings. The junior allowed one hit and struck out eight using mostly her curveball.
After watching Centennial senior and Memphis signee Gracie Morton hit a double, a triple and drive in two runs and score three runs in a 7-4 opening game win Thursday, Waxahachie coach Steve Howell wasn’t going to let Morton get the chance to beat his team with her bat.
Morton was intentionally walked all four times and the third walk cost the Lady Indians.
Howell dared the rest of the Lady Spartans lineup to beat his team and they didn’t blink when given the opportunity in the fifth inning.
After Casey Hendrixson beat out an infield hit to open the inning, the Lady Spartans turned to their short game and speed to put pressure on Waxahachie’s defense. The Lady Indians didn’t prove up to the test.
Kylee Gowin’s followed with a bunt that Lady Indians’ third baseman Sharrika Levingston couldn’t field cleanly. Levingston then fired the ball past first base allowing Hendrixson to score and Gowin to take third base.
The Lady Spartans cut the lead to 4-2 when Ellison laid down a bunt that scored Gowin. Ellison beat the throw to first and when she saw no one was covering second base turned the bunt into a double.
After Morton was intentionally walked, Mackenzie Law singled to load the bases. Karter Hill came up with the big hit of the inning. Hill’s hit to right scored Ellison and Morton to tie the game.
In the sixth inning, No. 8 hitter Carley Eller opened the inning with a walk. Eller moved to third on a pair of ground outs before scoring on Ellison home run.
Bersuch needed nine pitches to finish out the seventh inning and give the Lady Spartans the win.