If there is one thing that Guyer coach Keith Medford knows early in the season, it's that his team will not quit. That bodes well for the Lady Wildcats in a tough district.
On a chilly Tuesday night at Wildcat Field, the Lady Wildcats were handed their first loss of the season, 10-6 to District 6-6A foe Plano. Guyer gave up a five-run second inning, and that was just enough for Plano to record the win.
"Our kids fought back, there's no question about that," Medford said. "They very easily could have just given up after that [five-run second], but we've done this a few times throughout our 13 games we've played."
Guyer just ended up on the wrong side this time around.
Trailing by six runs heading into the bottom of the third, Guyer needed a spark at the plate. Maddy Holder gave it to her team.
Holder drilled a two-run home run to deep left-center that bounced off of the top of the scoreboard to cut the Plano lead to 6-2.
"Maddy's home run gave us that spark, and we rallied behind that," Medford said. "Ryan [Gallegos] got on [base] quite a bit, and Jaylee [Clark] played really well both behind the plate and in the batter's box."
Guyer recorded 10 hits but left eight runners on base, and pitchers Sylvia Murillo and Ashleigh McDurmon combined to walk nine Plano batters.
The Lady Wildcats cut Plano's lead to three heading into the fifth, but that's when both teams' offenses stalled.
"We had a chance to either get closer on the scoreboard or even take a lead, but we couldn't get that timely hit we needed when we had runners on," Medford said.
Plano tacked on two runs in the sixth, and the Lady Wildcats responded with a run but then couldn't muster any offense in the seventh.
The Lady Wildcats have a few things to clean up before they continue district play at Plano East on Friday.
"Moving forward we need to eliminate the big inning, cut down on the walks and capitalize when runners are in scoring position. If we do those things, we'll be in good shape," Medford said.
JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter at @Jimmy_Isbell12.
Plano 10, Guyer 6
WP: Bronte Rhoden LP: Sylvia Murillo HR: Guyer - Maddie Holder 3B: Guyer - Ryan Gallegos. Plano - Lily Kay 2B: Plano - Emily Knight, Lindsay Edwards, Zoey White. Guyer - Bailey Anderson. Records: Guyer (10-1-2, 0-1) Plano (6-3, 1-0)