Van Alstyne 13, Commerce 1 (5)
The Lady Panthers found a cure for ending their five-game district losing streak — a long bus ride to Commerce.
Van Alstyne banged out 14 base hits against a pair of Lady Tiger pitchers, scored 13 runs and enjoyed the ride home after a 13-1, run-rule win in Commerce on March 31.
The win improves Van Alstyne’s district record to 2-5.
With head coach Jason Brogdon shaking up the batting order, the results were positive in ending the long slide that took the Lady Panthers to near the bottom of the District 10-3A softball standings.
Freshman Micah Welch was moved from ninth in the batting order up to first and she responded with three hits in her four trips to the plate.
Junior Marysol Hernandez didn’t change her batting order position, but she did provide plenty of fireworks from the 7-hole, driving in four runs with two hits in her three plate appearances. Her triple in the Van Alstyne fifth inning keyed the six-run rally that gave the visitors enough digits on the scoreboard to head home early.
Senior Peyton Welch, the area’s leading hitter going into Friday night games, had two hits in the contest, one, a two-RBI double.
Senior Carly Ochoa and sophomore Jenna Williams, also had two hits.
The Lady Panthers scored in every inning except the first, and they got the scoring started in the second after three walks had loaded the bases.
Freshman Amryss Brogdon, Hernandez and freshman Alyssa Taylor all reached by walks before a single by Ochoa drove in Brogdon.
With the bases still jammed, Micah Welch got her second single of the ballgame to plate Hernandez and get the visitors off to a 2-0 start.
Junior Madi Williams was keeping the Lady Tigers in check from the circle, she pitched five innings, gave up just three hits and no earned runs for the win.
Jenna Williams singled with one out in the Lady Panther third and she advanced to second on a fielder’s choice by Brogdon.
Hernandez singled to drive in Williams and Ochoa followed with a two-RBI double that scored Brogdon and Hernandez,putting the Lady Panthers up, 5-0
After adding two more runs in the fourth, Van Alstyne crushed the ball in the sixth, scoring six runs to set up the early finish.
Ochoa drew a leadoff walk and promptly swiped second and third bases.
A single by Junior Treylee Neill put runners at the corners and Peyton Welch doubled to bring in both.
A single by Jenna Williams and a walk to Brogdon loaded the bases, and Peyton Welch scored on a wild pitch.
Hernandez drove in two more runs with her triple and she scored the final Van Alstyne run as Taylor singled to give the visitors a 13-1 lead.
Williams worked out of a small jam in the bottom half of the frame to cap the run-rule win.
The competition gets a little stronger following this win as the district leading Lone Oak Lady Buffaloes paid a visit to Forrest Moore Park on April 4 and the Lady Panthers travel to Whitewright on the 7.
The Lady Panthers need a playoff push.