Softball: Lady Wildcats rout Lake Dallas

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The ball skips by after a missed catch by Lake Dallas' Riley Kranz (11) as Guyer's Sophia Popowski (12) slides into third, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Denton.
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What was a tight softball game through three innings quickly turned into a runaway victory for Guyer, which scored a 12-2 win over Lake Dallas on Friday night in just six innings.

A Chrisa Head two-run home run in the second inning pulled the Lady Falcons to within a run, but that was all Lake Dallas could manage on a night that saw the Lady Falcons commit nine errors as Guyer remained perfect in program history against Lake Dallas.

“I’d say that was a pretty weird game,” Guyer head coach Keith Medford said. “The first three innings was a really good district ballgame. That’s what we expect when we play someone across town. After the third inning, it got a little crazy. I thought we were hitting some hard balls that were caught. Then some of the ones that were routine weren’t being made.”

Guyer (17-3, 4-2) scored nine runs from the fourth inning on, including a six-run fifth inning that featured five Lake Dallas errors. Two of those errors came on the same play, a Shayne Starkey grounder through the infield that was misplayed by Lake Dallas’ shortstop and its centerfielder, allowing the ball to go to the wall and for Starkey to score as well as drive in a runner.

“We beat ourselves kicking the ball around, is what we did,” Lake Dallas head coach Dugan Walker said. “We couldn’t catch the ball and couldn’t throw it around. We beat ourselves, plain and simple.

“There were innings we didn’t let the ball out of the infield but we couldn’t throw and catch it. That’s what beat us.”

Medford said he was happy his team was able to take advantage of its opponents’ mistakes and secure a run-rule win after a sacrifice fly from Riley Oldham scored Tatum Branch following a triple to give Guyer the final margin.

“I’m proud of my kids because we took advantage of those opportunities,” Medford said. “There are some times when teams do that and you sit on it and don’t capitalize. I’m proud of the way my kids took advantage of some things that weren’t going right for them.”

Lake Dallas (11-10, 2-4) got three solid innings from pitcher Jaylee Calabrese, who scattered two hits and allowed two walks before the defense behind her started having problems.

With one out in the fifth inning and the bases loaded, Walker replaced Calabrese with Head, the Lady Falcons’ star pitcher and Seton Hall pledge who hadn’t pitched since tournament action. The game was well out of hand by that time, and Head was charged with two runs — one earned.

“She’s been hurt, and we planned on throwing her some,” Walker said. “It’s on me. I might’ve waited too long to get her in there, but I didn’t know what we’d get. Hopefully, we’ll get her going in the second half [of district play] and we’ll turn some things around.”

Medford’s team will have two games in Wichita Falls next week as it wraps up the first half of district play Tuesday against Wichita Falls Rider, but he said he’s happy with another win over Lady Falcons, who are less than three miles down Swisher Road.

“They’re called a rival, and I get that, but at some point they need to beat us to make it a rivalry,” Medford said. “We’re a rival because we’re close to each other. But they’ve never beaten us. I guess I don’t know what a rivalry is supposed to be.”

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.

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WP — Shayne Starkey. LP — Jaylee Calabrese. 3B — G: Tatum Branch. HR — LD: Chrisa Head. Records — Lake Dallas (11-10, 2-4). Guyer (17-3, 4-2).


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