Mabank softball takes first place after undefeated weekend
COMMUNITY–The Mabank Lady Panthers finished up the weekend with an undefeated 6-0 record at the Community varsity softball tournament Feb. 27-29.
The Lady Panthers battled the host Community in their first game Thursday morning.
Mabank rattled off four runs in the top of the second inning and scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning on their way to a 6-2 win.
The Lady Panthers were led by Hailey Ledbetter and Mackenzie Morgan, who had two hits each. Morgan also added three RBIs in the game.
Baylee Sales picked up the win with 3.2 innings of work and eight strikeouts.
Next up, Mabank took on Bullard. Bullard got on the board early with three runs in the bottom of the first inning to put the Lady Panthers down 3-0.
Mabank completed their comeback with five runs in the top of the third inning to pick up their second win, 5-3.
Ledbetter led Mabank with two RBIs in the game. Olivia Sullivan added a hit and one RBI in the victory.
Mabank started their Friday morning with a contest against Leonard.
The Lady Panthers dominated offensively, busting out with three runs in the second inning before exploding for seven runs in the third inning on their way to a 10-1 victory.
Mabank received three-RBI efforts from both Kallie Beasley and Ashlyn Liles. Sales added two more RBIs in the win over Leonard.
The Lady Panthers’ offensive continued to terrorize teams as they broke out the bats again as they took on Trenton.
Mabank put the game away before Trenton even stepped into the batters’ box as they plated 10 runs in the first inning as they cruised to a 12-1 victory. Mabank scored 12 runs on 17 hits.
Payten Nolen notched three hits and three RBIs for the Lady Panthers in the win.
Sales finished with 2.2 innings pitched with five strikeouts. Mabank allowed just one run on two hits against Trenton.
Mabank took on Lancaster Saturday afternoon as the teams traded runs early in the contest.
Mabank scored three runs in the top of the first inning before Lancaster battled back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game.
The Lady Panthers responded with seven runs in the top of the third inning to seal a 10-3 victory, sending them to the championship game.
Laura Dyer picked up three RBIs on three hits for the Lady Panthers in the win.
Liles added two RBIs on two hits with Ashton Wallace adding an RBI on one hit.
Mabank advanced to take on Melissa in the championship game Saturday night.
Offense was stingy for both teams as the game went scoreless through the first 5.5 innings.
Mabank was able to use their baserunning to sneak out on a run on a delayed steal of home by Beasley to put them ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Lady Panthers shut the door in the seventh inning as they picked up the 1-0 victory to take first place in the Community tournament.
Dyer picked up two hits with Sullivan and Hannah Hanes each adding one hit apiece.
Sales was dominant on the mound, going 6.2 innings and allowing no runs on no hits with seven strikeouts as the Lady Panthers no-hit Melissa in the championship game.
Mabank currently sits at 9-3 overall on the season. The Lady Panthers travel down south to take part in the Port Aransas tournament March 6-7.