Underneath the cloudy skies at Legacy Field Monday night El Campo had two teams competing against Needville in District play.
The 10U softball all-stars beat Needville 9-1 to stave off elimination and extend their season another game.
The 12U softball team kicked off District play and lost to Needville on a walk-off. Both teams play tonight, depending on the results, their seasons might be continuing.
10U softball beat
10U softball scored early and often against Needville Monday night. The El Campo all-stars scored at least one run in every inning but the third.
Two-hole hitter Krista Irby gave El Campo their first lead of the game in the first inning. After a walk to Natalie Roades, she ended up on second base after a stolen base. Irby singled to score Roades and put them ahead 1-0.
A close 3-1 game in the top of the fifth, El Campo took advantage of a few Needville mistakes to give them some breathing room.
Back-to-back errors gave El Campo their fourth run of the game. With a runner on first and no outs, Kylie Acuna hit a sharp grounder to shortstop. The fielder threw the ball to second to get the lead runner but overthrew the ball allowing the runner at second to score and Acuna to make it to second. Mac’yia Warner drove her in with a double.
In total El Campo grabbed five runs during the inning. In the top of the sixth, they added one more to give them an eight-run lead with three outs to go.
Presley Bacak led the team with three hits.
Layni Rawlinson scored two runs.
Tonight El Campo plays Brazos. If El Campo beat Brazos they’ll play tomorrow at 7 p.m to determine the District champion.
12U softball falls
to Needville 5-4
12U softball came inches from beating Needville to start their best of three series Monday night. El Campo fought back to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning only to have Needville pull back ahead and leave Legacy Fields with a 5-4 win and game one advantage.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Needville got a base runner on an infield single to third base.
After a pitch, the runner took off for second base, however, the El Campo pitcher threw a wild pitch so the ball got away from the catcher. The runner kept on going to third base. The catcher grabbed the ball and threw to the base. The ball looked like it might have beaten the runner to the bag, but she was ruled safe by the home plate umpire. El Campo pulled everyone in order to stop the run from scoring. The 12U all-stars got the ground ball they wanted, a slow roller to second.
The Needville runner, moving on contact was able to just beat the tag home to win the game.
The drama started building a half inning earlier. Trailing 4-3, El Campo got their leadoff batter on base with Kristan Moreno drawing a 3-2 walk. With no outs, Brighton Muller belted out a triple off the wall to score Moreno and tie the game. Zoe Pavlas hit a grounder to first base and with Muller running home, Needville threw to the plate. Muller was tagged out, but the play was close enough to warrant a long umpire’s conference, but the result confirmed the original call.
El Campo plays Needville Today.
With a win, they’ll play Needville tomorrow at 7 p.m. to determine the District champion.