The Lady Farmers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, enough to squeak by the visiting Lady Panthers on March 14 for an 11-8 win in District 10-3A play. Van Alstyne saw its district losing streak reach three games, as they could not complete a comeback bid.
Van Alstyne coach Jason Brogdon made some lineup changes at the top and that paid off in the middle innings. Freshman Alyssa Taylor moved into the leadoff position, scored a pair of runs, getting down a sacrifice bunt in the third inning for Van Alstyne.
That bunt advanced freshman Micah Welch, who had singled to open the frame.
Junior Treylee Neill singled and two runs came across as senior Peyton Welch doubled. She had a 3-for-3 night at the plate, and drove in three runs.
The Lady Panthers scored twice in the fourth inning, setting the table with back-to-back singles by senior Carly Ochoa and Micah Welch. Ochoa was out on a fielder’s choice hit by Taylor, and she and Welch scored on a three-base hit by Neill.
Keeping the deuces coming up on the scoreboard, Van Alstyne added two more runs in the fifth.
Sophomore Jenna Williams, who was 3-for-4 in the contest, singled and advanced when junior Marysol Hernandez reached on an error.
Both moved up a base on a wild pitch, and both scored on one of five Farmersville errors, giving the Lady Panthers a 6-4 lead.
It was a back and forth game and the Lady Farmers reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the fifth, scoring four runs to take an 8-6 lead.
The Lady Panthers came back in the sixth, scoring twice to tie the game. Taylor had a leadoff double and, with one out, Peyton Welch hit her second double of the game, scoring Taylor. Welch scored on a single by Jenna Williams that deadlocked the game, 8-8.
Van Alstyne couldn’t hold off the Lady Farmers as they scored three in the bottom half of the sixth, then shut down the Lady Panthers in the seventh to take the 11-8 win.
After an open date, the Lady Panthers will host Howe on March 24.