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Softball: Leeds powers Ryan to 15-0 win over Braswell in 5-5A action

LITTLE ELM — Not much appears to have changed for Ryan, which has nearly everyone back from last year and is off to another hot start in District 5-5A.

Behind a standout night from fourth-year starting pitcher Brianna Leeds, Ryan cruised to a 15-0 win Tuesday at Braswell to improve to 2-0 in district play. Leeds, who allowed just four hits in the circle, went 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple, two doubles and four RBIs. 

Ryan (12-3, 2-0 district) has outscored its district opponents 25-0. 

"We moved [Leeds] into the 4-hole, and that puts a lot of pressure on her," Ryan coach Matt Buettner said. "But she's been on the barrel and that is forcing people to pitch to the rest of us."

Buettner said he's always going to be picky about his team's performance and admitted he wasn't impressed with its base running and overall focus. But it was hard to see that on the scoreboard.

The Lady Raiders pounded out 15 hits, six for extra bases, and committed just one error. Haley Florence, Harper Hughes and Leeds all doubled, while Leeds and Katie Munoz added triples. 

Leading 1-0 after one inning, Florence kick-started Ryan's five-run second inning with an RBI double. A run-scoring single by Munoz and a sacrifice fly from Cecily Rodriguez quickly gave Ryan a 4-0 lead. Leeds capped the inning with her first of two RBI doubles.

Two innings later, Leeds and Munoz sparked another five-run frame with RBI triples. Munoz's shot drove in two runs and gave Ryan a 12-0 lead.

Braswell (2-3, 0-1) started the game content with walking many of Ryan's top hitters and only trailed 1-0 going into the second. But starting pitcher Britain Hartzell was touched up for five hits the next inning, and her defense let her down with three errors on the night.

"We started off good, but when you have a tight strike zone like that, you know they'll eventually start hitting the ball hard," Braswell coach Kasie Ostrom said. "We know they can hit the ball, and if you can't match them on the scoreboard, you need to play clean defense."

Braswell's best chance to score was in the bottom of the third when Isabella Alexander and AJ Frausto led off with singles. On the very next at-bat, Leeds forced a pop fly that was easily hauled in by first baseman Abby Buettner. Buettner saw the runner at second leaning too far on the play and instinctively threw to second for the quick tag and double play.

Braswell managed just two baserunners over the next two innings. 

"I'm going to be picky because I want us to be as good as we can possibly be," Buettner said. "It's good to see our flaws this early so we can see where we need to get to."  

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 469-360-3611 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

Ryan 15, Braswell 0 (5)

Ryan 151 53 -- 15 15 1
Braswell 000 00 -- 0 4 3

WP - Brianna Leeds. LP - Britain Hartzell. 3B -- R: Brianna Leeds, Katie Munoz. 2B -- R: Brianna Leeds (2), Haley Florence, Harper Hughes. Records - Ryan (12-3, 2-0). Braswell (2-3, 0-1).