When Kennedy Been stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against Lake Dallas, Guyer was locked in a pitchers’ duel and the heart of the Lady Wildcats’ order was mired in a bit of a slump.
In 11 at-bats by Guyer’s third, fourth and fifth hitters, the Lady Wildcats managed just two hits. Both came off Been’s bat and one busted the game open, as a two-run homer to right-center field got Guyer’s offense rolling in a 7-2 win over the Lady Falcons.
“That’s the reason we haven’t changed the lineup with those [Nos. 3-5 hitters], because we know what they can do,” Guyer coach Keith Medford said. “Hitting is difficult and [Lake Dallas’ Chrisa Head] is a really good pitcher. We face a lot of really good pitchers in this district.”
Head allowed one run in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from Lauren Lindgren but held Guyer in check into the pivotal fifth inning.
Guyer pitcher Suzette Palmer had a no-hitter working until the fifth inning when an Amadi Taylor single ended it with no damage done.
But Lake Dallas (15-10, 4-7 District 5-4A) had its chances to score despite being no-hit. The Lady Falcons loaded the bases in the top of the third after two errors and a hit batsman, but the threat was ended on a flyout to right and a line-drive snag by third baseman Hannah Hodapp to end the inning.
“It just boils down to us getting runners in scoring position and not getting it done right now,” Lake Dallas coach Dugan Walker said. “That’s the name of our game right now. We get runners and leave them at second and third several times. If we don’t do that, it’s a whole different ballgame.”
Lake Dallas did get on the board in the top of the sixth and cut Guyer’s lead in half with a two-run double from Sydni Fulks off pitcher Shayne Starkey, who relieved Palmer after one batter in the sixth only to see Palmer re-enter to start the seventh inning.
“They hit a couple of balls hard. I jumped the gun on it, to be honest,” Medford said of removing Palmer from the game. “She wants the ball in her hand every single inning, and I love that about her.”
Medford also credited catcher Megan Washam with helping keep the Lake Dallas hitters guessing throughout the game, as the Lady Falcons finished with five hits — three off Palmer.
The Lady Wildcats, No. 21 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A poll, will travel Friday to face No. 19 Wichita Falls Rider, which is tied with Guyer and Trophy Club Nelson for second place in the loaded District 5-4A behind Fort Worth Brewer.
Guyer (20-4-1, 8-3) was led at the plate by Starkey, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, and No. 8 hitter Stephanie Otto, who went 3-for-3 with two hard-hit doubles.
The Lady Wildcats added three runs in the sixth inning.
“Once you get that big hit, everyone kind of relaxes for whatever reason and just does what they do at the plate,” Medford said.
GUYER 7, LAKE DALLAS 2
WP — Suzette Palmer. LP — Chrisa Head. 2B — LD: Sydni Fulks. G: Kylie Miyata, Stephanie Otto 2. HR — G: Kennedy Been. Records — Lake Dallas (15-10, 4-7). Guyer (20-4-1, 8-3).