Bastrop rode a big first inning to a 12-4 victory over Brazos County in a Major Softball Section 1 Little League All-Star elimination game Sunday night at Henderson Park.
Host Brazos County had opened the tournament with a 9-3 victory over Bastrop on Friday night, breaking the game open with a five-run run fourth. The maroon-clad Bastrop club turned the tables in the rematch by scoring eight times before Brazos County batted.
Fallon Hall got things rolling with a one-out double and later added a two-run single as Bastrop sent a lucky 13 batters to the plate. Hall was 4-for-4 batting in the game with a walk. She also did a good job defensively at catcher, blocking several pitches along with throwing out a runner.
Hall teamed up with right-handed pitcher Addison Hugo for a dominating 1-2 punch. Hugo allowed only two hits. She struck out at least a batter in every inning, ending with nine. She walked three and hit two batters. Hugo retired the last eight batters, getting a nice catch by center fielder Marisela Natal on the only ball hit out of the infield.
Brazos County scored two runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth, the lone innings it sent more than four batters to the plate.
BC’s first run scored on a triple by Grace Tausch, plating Addie Siegert, who had walked. Tausch scored on an error, but Hugo came up with a strikeout to leave the bases loaded in Brazos County’s best chance to get back in the game. BC took advantage of a walk and two errors to score its runs in the next inning.
Bastrop had at least a hit in every inning as Natal had three hits and Hugo two. They teamed up for back-to-back singles in the first to knock in the game’s first runs. Natal added an RBI double in the third, scoring Hall, who had singled and stole second.
Hugo had an infield hit in a two-run fifth. Emma Griesenbeck scored the game’s first run after getting hit with a pitch and ended the scoring with an RBI single in the sixth.
Jaeli Arevalo had Brazos County’s other hit. She reached safely twice as did Kelsey Newland, Siegert and Tausch.
Bastrop advances to play unbeaten Columbus at 6 p.m. Monday. Columbus grabbed a 14-2 victory Saturday over Brazos County in its lone game. Bastrop would need to beat Columbus twice Monday to advance to the Texas East State Softball Tournament in El Campo.