GEORGETOWN – Lorena held Giddings to five scoreless innings in Friday’s area contest.
The Lady Buffs, however, only needed a pair of big innings to take down the Lady Leopards in the first of a three-game series.
Giddings put up seven runs in the second and fifth innings to top Lorena 14-8 Friday night at Georgetown East View.
“It’s just one game,” Lorena coach Steve Dolezel said. “We knew they were going to hit the ball and that we’d have to play sound, perfect defense. It was a game of two big innings for them. If we eliminate those we have a chance at the end.”
Giddings threatened early as the Lady Buffs loaded the bases with one out.
Lorena got out of the inning without allowing any runs as Jordan Generals fielded a grounder at third and threw to home for the force out before pitcher Rachel Williams caught a line drive in the circle to end the frame.
The Lady Leopards got on the board in the bottom of the inning as they put two on as Ashley Guyton and Generals were pegged.
They both scored off a single to right field by Emma Tindell to give Lorena an early 2-0 lead.
The Lady Buffs answered quickly to cut that lead in half as Alayni Faire – Giddings’ leadoff batter batter for the inning – crushed a hit to deep right center field.
By the time the Lorena outfielder reached the ball, Faire was touching third and headed for home for her in the park home run.
A pair of Lady Leopard throwing errors put Giddings runners on the corners before Madi Yatslau tied the game with an RBI double.
And then the floodgates opened for the Lady Buffs as they plated five more runs in the inning.
Two innings later, Lorena cut into Giddings’ lead with a trio of runs behind an RBI single by Williams and a throwing error by Faire at second.
The Lady Buffs nearly added another run in the top of the fourth but Alana Alston gunned down Mackenzie Oltmann at home to end the inning.
Lorena added a run in the bottom of the frame off an RBI double by Ashley Guyton.
After going scoreless two innings, the Lady Buffs piled on seven more runs in the fifth.
The Lady Leopards tried to close the gap but the Lady Leopards were only able to score two runs in the final three frames.
“We can usually bank on if we score at least five runs we should win,” Dolezel said. “We scored enough runs to win. Eight runs is what we’re going to need. We’re going to need that again tomorrow.”
Lorena and Giddings face off again at 2 p.m. Saturday. If Lorena wins that contest, the third game will be played 30 minutes after the second.
We’re going to see if we can’t make this a game three tomorrow anyway,” Dolezel said. “That’s what we’re going to have to do.”