Van tops Mabank after late-inning surge
MABANK–The Mabank Lady Panthers fell Tuesday night in their district opener after a late offensive surge by the Van Lady Vandals March 19 at home.
After Van started by reaching second base on an error and stealing third base to put a runner in scoring position with one out, Mabank pitcher Carlee Cline went to work.
Cline struck out a Lady Vandal batter for the second out in the top of the first inning.
Cline got the next Van batter to pop up to center field as Olivia Sullivan pulled in the pop fly to end the inning and keep Van off the board.
The Lady Panthers cashed in on their opportunity as they took an early 1-0 lead.
After both teams put up goose eggs on the scoreboard in the second inning, the Lady Vandals added a run of their own to tie the game 1-1 in the third inning.
Both teams once again went scoreless in the fourth inning to set up quite the eventful fifth inning.
The Lady Vandals’ bats exploded as they put a crooked number up on the scoreboard as they plated nine runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 10-1 lead after a rubber match much on the mound through the first four innings.
The Lady Panthers answered with a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 10-2 before the Lady Vandals added six more runs in the top of the sixth inning to increase their lead to 16-2.
The Lady Panthers added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough as Mabank fell 16-4 to Van in their district opener.
Cline took the loss on the mound for the Lady Panthers as she pitched a complete game with six strikeouts in six innings for Mabank against the Lady Vandals.
The Lady Panthers fell to 17-5 overall with loss as they start off their district schedule 0-1.
Mabank returns to action as they hit the road Tuesday, March 26 against the Wills Point Lady Tigers with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.