WACO (February 27, 2014) The McLennan Highlassies opened conference play with a sweep of the Temple Lady Leopards this afternoon at Bosque River Ballpark.
Ashley Mills picked up the 4-3 game one victory in the circle.
Temple began the scoring with one run in the top of the first as Dakota Holly drew a lead off walk, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Briana Knowles.
McLennan got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Natali Duron drew a lead off walk and scored on a double by Taylor Davis. Sevanah Campos then doubled to score Davis. Danielle Gregory followed with a bunt single, moving Campos to third. Temple mishandled the bunt, allowing Campos to score and advancing Gregory all the way to third.
The Highlassies added one run in the fifth. Amber Mills was hit by the pitch and replaced by pinch runner Ashley Tharp. Tharp then stole second and scored on a single by Davis.
The Lady Leopards rounded out the scoring with two runs in the sixth. Shelbi Swenson drew a walk and scored on a triple by Knowles. Knowles then came in to score on a passed ball.
The nightcap was all McLennan as the Highlassies run-ruled the Lady Leopards 9-1 in five innings with Stacey Underwood getting the win.
McLennan scored one run in the bottom of the first as Duron doubled and scored on a single by Davis.
The Highlassies added two runs in the second. Gregory singled, stole second and scored on a single by Courtney Mica. Mica then stole second, moved to third on a single by Summer Dolezel and scored on a single by Amber Mills.
Temple's only run came in the top of the fourth. Briana Knowles was safe on a fielder's choice and scored on a double by Stephanie Lugo.
McLennan added three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Duron and Davis drew back-to-back walks. Abby White tripled to score Duron and Davis. White then came home to score on a passed ball.
The Highlassies sealed the run rule with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Gregory and Dolezel both walked. Amber Mills followed with a double, scoring Gregory and Dolezel. Mills then scored on a triple by Duron.
McLennan continues conference play on Saturday, hosting Vernon for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
McLennan 4, Temple 3
Temple 100 002 0 – 3 5 1
McLennan 000 310 x – 4 4 0
Stephanie Flores and Lacie Salas. Ashley Mills and Natali Duron. WP: Mills; LP: Flores. Leading hitters – Temple: Briana Knowles (2-3, 3B, 2 RBI) and Mackenzie Grier (2-3); McLennan: Taylor Davis (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Sevanah Campos (1-3, 2B, RBI). Record: McLennan 17-5 (1-0).
McLennan 9, Temple 1
Temple 000 10 – 1 3 0
McLennan 120 33 – 9 10 0
Clarissa Gonzalez and Lacie Salas, Briana Knowles (5). Stacey Underwood and Natali Duron. WP: Underwood; LP: Gonzalez. Leading hitters – Temple: Stephanie Lugo (1-2, 2B, RBI) and Lacie Salas (2-2); McLennan: Amber Mills (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Natali Duron (2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI), Taylor Davis (1-1, RBI), Abby White (1-3, 3B, RBI) and Courtney Mica (1-3, RBI). Record: McLennan 18-5 (2-0).