Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 27, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Athens Lady Hornets thump Mabank, 14-4, in District 15-3A play

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Lady Hornets picked up a big win over Mabank, 14-4, on Tuesday night at Peg Cain Field.

With the win, the Lady Hornets are now 11-7-1 on the year and 2-3 after the first round of District 15-3A play.

The Lady Hornets will open the second half of district play Friday night with a road trip to Mineola.

First pitch is scheduled for around 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, the game was decided quickly as the Lady Hornets exerted their will with 11 runs in the first three innings.

A wild pitch, a fielder's choice, an error, and a two-run single by Hadley Cain in the first inning gave Athens a 5-0 lead after the first inning.

In the second inning, Athens leadoff hitter Haley Durden stole home to give them a 6-0 lead.

Durden went 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and four runs scored. She tripled in the first inning and singled in the third and fifth innings.

Starting pitcher Kristin House was no match for the Mabank offense as she allowed no earned runs on no hits in 2 1/3 innings. She walked two and struck out four batters.

Landers took the loss for Mabank. She allowed 14 runs in 4 2/3 innings, walked three and struck out two.

Lady Hornets closer Brianna Grogan put away the final eight outs to record the save.

Three runs in the top of the third helped Mabank close its deficit to 6-3. A walk by Wilson and a two-run error sparked Mabank's rally.

It didn't take long for the Lady Hornets to answer as they scored five runs of their own in the third.

The Lady Hornets scored on an RBI single by Durden, a three-run double by House, and an RBI double by Josee McNeece.

The Lady Hornets answered Mabank's top inning with three runs of their own in the fifth.

The Lady Hornets scored on a two-run single by McNeece and an error.

McNeece finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBI and one run scored, while House went 1-for-2 with three RBI and one run scored.

Sarah Red was 1-for-2 with two runs scored, while Hadley Cain was 1-for-2 with two RBI, a walk and one run scored. Brooke Deshazo also went 1-for-1 with two runs scored.