High School Softball Amarillo-area roundup

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Pampa’s Kynleigh Kirby delivers a pitch against Randall during a District 4-4A game on Friday at the Lady Raiders Softball Complex. [Roy Wheeler/ Press Pass Sports]

District 4-4A

Pampa defeats Randall

Braving cold temperatures on Friday, Pampa was able to stay unbeaten in District 4-4A building a five-run lead that was enough to hold off Randall 7-5 on Friday at the Lady Raiders Softball Complex.

This was a close contest through the first four innings tied up, 2-2. Pampa took the lead for good in the top of the fifth off a Kynleigh Kirby RBI double plating Briley Daniels for a 3-2 advantage. Moments later, Cambree Dyer singled home Hadley Gonzalez extending the lead at 4-2.

The Lady Harvesters added insurance in the top of the fifth when Kirby came in clutch once again with a bases loaded double that scored three runs giving Pampa a comfortable 7-2 lead. Randall didn’t go away battling back in the bottom of the seventh with three runs closing the gap at 7-5 but were unable to complete the comeback.

Pampa’s Carsyn Hunt slaps a base-hit against Randall on Friday afternoon. [Roy Wheeler/ Press Pass Sports]
Kirby had a huge day at the plate and in the circle. Offensively, Kirby went 2-for-4 with those two big doubles driving in a total of four RBIs. The senior then threw a complete game, scattering eight hits, allowing one earned run with eight strikeouts to get the win.

Dyer was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Mckinley Daniels was 2-for-4 for Pampa. Randall’s Kaley Wiseman finished the game 2-for-3 with a run driven in and teammate Emma Cuellar was 2-for-2.

Pampa improves to 7-6 overall and 2-0 in District 4-4A. Randall (10-12) is off to a tough start to league play falling to 0-2.

West Plains stuns Dumas

The West Plains Lady Wolves doubled up Dumas with a stunning 8-4 win to put their names in the district race on Saturday afternoon at the West Plains Softball Complex.

After falling in the district opener to Hereford, West Plains (6-13-2) bounces back in a big way moving to 1-1 in 4-4A. Dumas (15-5), which got a big win over Canyon to open league play, falls to 1-1.

The Lady Wolves built an early 4-1 lead but were able to put the game away with a four-run bottom of the sixth. Lady Wolves’ pitcher Jaylen Kaps kept Dumas off-balance all afternoon racking up an eye-opening 14 strikeouts over seven innings, scattering five hits while allowing one earned run.

Kaps was backed up at the plate by Bella Wineberg’s two-RBI afternoon. Desiree Hernandez was also clutch with a double on a 2-for-4 day.

Demonette first baseman Madi Zubia went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Hereford holds off Borger

Hereford built an 11-run lead through four innings only to see Borger make a furious comeback, however, the Lady Whitefaces were able to survive in a 14-13 wild win at home on Friday afternoon.

The Lady Whitefaces (10-9 overall) stay atop the District 4-4A race at 2-0 while Borger (9-12) suffers its first league loss dropping to 1-1.

This was definitely a tale of two games. Hereford jumped all over the Lady Bulldogs going up 5-0 after three, then exploded with an 8-run bottom of the fourth to take a commanding 13-2 advantage.

Borger didn’t flinch. The Lady Bulldogs answered with 10 runs over the top of the fifth and the sixth cutting the deficit at 14-12. Borger then added a run in the seventh, but the rally fell short as Hereford pitcher Izzy Enriquez was able to earn the save getting the Hayden Luna to strikeout to end the game.

Abriana Salinas-Sturgeon had a red-hot bat for Hereford going 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer totaling five RBIs for the game. Enriquez not only tossed 2.1 innings, she also delivered three RBIs on a 2-for-4 day with a homer.

The defeat spoiled a heck of an effort from Borger shortstop Cylin Saxton, who blistered Hereford pitching going 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles and scored four times. Teammate Keyla Knoll drove in a team-high four runs on a 2-for-5 afternoon.

Canyon pummels Perryton

Canyon earned its first win of district season by handling Perryton in an 18-3 run-rule home victory on a cold Friday afternoon.

Canyon moves to 10-9 overall and 1-1 in District 4-4A. Perryton is 3-10 overall and 0-2.

After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Eagles piled on the runs highlighted by an 8-run bottom of the third. Chloe Burton and Maddie Hight brought the lumber to the yard with each hitting grand slams in the victory. Hight ended the game with those four RBIs on a 1-for-4 day. Burton was 2-for-4 with those four RBIs of her own.

Amber Bertoni had two doubles with a pair of runs driven in. Brinley Hightower tossed all five innings with four strikeouts getting the W.

Non-district 

Bushland edges Amarillo High

In one of the biggest non-district matchups from the Texas Panhandle to the South Plains, it was the Bushland Lady Falcons coming away with a big-time 10-9 over Amarillo High at the Lady Sandies Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Bushland had to battle back from an early 5-0 deficit after the first two innings. That Lady Sandie lead didn’t last long as the Lady Falcons scored nine runs from the top of the third to the top of the fifth highlighted by two home runs from senior standout Brylee Adams.

The Lady Sandies did try and make a comeback of their own but fell short in the final inning.

Adams was unbelievable hitting a two-run homer in the third followed by a three-run home run in the fifth to finish the day with five RBIs. Adams even gutted out seven innings in the circle giving up 10 hits and six runs but was able to stack up 10 strikeouts. Teammate Chayney Snelson also homered with a solo shot in the fifth.

Tessia Guzman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Teammate Danae Lopez was stellar with a homer on a 2-for-4 afternoon finishing with a pair of RBIs.

Bushland is now 14-3-1 overall. AHS falls to 16-5.

District 1-2A

Sanford-Fritch beats Gruver, West Texas High

Sanford-Fritch earned a couple of district wins over the weekend beating Gruver and West Texas High to remain unbeaten in the league.

The Lady Eagles downed the Lady Hounds 7-3 followed by a 12-6 win against the Lady Comanches.

Sanford-Fritch is off to a 3-0 start to District 1-2A and 10-5 overall. Gruver (2-4 overall) falls to 1-2 in district while WT High (4-3-1) drops to 0-1.

Against Gruver, Emily Wade tossed a complete game with an impressive 12 strikeouts without allowing an earned run. Maecee Anderson had three hits that saw a double, and a triple, tallying an RBI.

In the win over WT High, Wade didn’t have her best game in the circle but got the win throwing all seven innings with 10 K’s despite giving up six runs. Wade made up for it at the plate delivering a three-run home run as she finished the game with four RBIs. Teammate Kalynn Roberts also provided the pop at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, a two-run homer to stack up three RBIs.

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