Whitewright 13, Van Alstyne 3 (5)

Playing hurt has always been a part of sports. Playing hurt, out of position, and with a young team is not a recipe for success against a quality team.

The Van Alstyne Lady Panthers, despite an ambitious start, fell to the third place Whitewright Lady Tigers, 13-3, on April 7 at the Lady Tigers’ new field.

Coupled with the Panther baseball loss just a mile away at the very old park, it was a tough night for Van Alstyne diamond sports.

A couple of games ago, Van Alstyne head coach Jason Brogdon shook up his lineup to get more production.

Against the Lady Tigers he shook up his lineup to get nine, semi-healthy players.

Senior Carly Ochoa made her debut behind the plate, catching in place of an injured senior Peyton Welch. Welch, playing her final season in VA blue, is having arm problems which limit her throwing ability — always a big handicap for catchers.

Welch played first base and, although she says the injury does not affect her hitting, it obviously is.

Junior Madi Williams, who normally plays first base when she is not in the circle, made her right field debut in the game.

Despite all the changes, the Lady Panthers came hustling out of the gate, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning to take an early lead.

Infield hits by freshman Micah Welch and junior Treylee Neill, playing with an injured shoulder, set the table and Peyton Welch drove in sister Micah with a sacrifice fly to center.

A ground out to the right side by Madi Williams advanced Neill to third and she scored on a single by sophomore Jenna Williams.

With two out in the bottom half of the first, Whitewright’s Sage Harlow drilled a shot into the right field corner for a triple.

Senior Zada Swoopes drove in Harlow with a single to left, but she was thrown out trying to stretch that into a double, keeping the visitors on top, 2-1.

Junior Marysol Hernandez walked to open the Van Alstyne second inning, stole second, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ochoa.

Freshman Alyssa Taylor, getting her first start at shortstop, grounded out to score Hernandez, putting the Lady Panthers back on top by two.

Micah Welch got her second infield hit of the contest after the Hernandez score, but was stranded.

Whitewright senior Hannah Williams gave up just two more hits in the contest, a third inning single by Jenna Williams and a fourth inning hit by Hernandez.

After Taylor reached on a Whitewright error, both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but could not score.

Hernandez had two hits and a walk in three trips to the plate,

Micah Welch and Jenna Williams both were 2-for-3 in the contest.

Van Alstyne, 2-7 in District 10-3A play, hosted Farmersville on April 11 before a trip to Howe on the 18.

Coach Brogdon is hoping for some speedy recoveries.