Texoma Christian was looking to take care of business in their its playoff softball game and the Lady Eagles did so in quick order, defeating Fort Worth Bethesda Christian, 14-1, in five innings in a region semifinals at TCS on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles (10-0) move on to face Temple Central Texas Christian in the TAPPS Division IV state quarterfinals this weekend.
“This team is young but they keep getting better each game,” TCS head coach Mark Ellison said. “They’ve improved 100 percent from where they started the year.”
Texoma Christian got off to a strong start early. After Bailey Yale retired the Lady Ambassdors in order in the first, sister Bri Yale got the Lady Eagles on the board with an RBI single to left field. Tinsley Love added an RBI double to give TCS an early 2-0 lead.
Both teams were scoreless in the second inning but the Eagles broke through in a big way in the bottom of the third.
Bri Yale drove in another run down the left field line after back-to-back singles to lead things off. The Lady Eagles would later get a pair of two-run hits as well — an RBI single from Bailey Yale and an RBI triple from Aubrey Edwards. After the dust settled, TCS had sent all nine runners to the plate in the inning.
“Our top six or seven hitters are strong,” Ellison said. “We want to try to get on a team early to see if we can put some pressure on and we were able to do that today.”
Fort Worth Bethesda Christian did add one run in the fourth off a fly ball but the Lady Eagles were able to limit the Lady Ambassadors thanks to the defense throwing out two runners on the base paths.
“We just had to focus on defense since the season started,” Bri Yale said. “I feel like we improved a lot.”
Yale singled and later scoring on an RBI double from Love, who drove in three and came around on a passed ball in the fourth.
After Bailey Yale retired the side in the fifth, it set the stage for Bri Yale to end the game as she cleared the left field wall for her first career walk-off grand slam.
“It was an inside pitch that I liked and just was able to get a good hit on it,” Yale said. “It was awesome.”
The Lady Eagles move ahead to face a Central Christian team that knocked them out of the state semifinals a year ago.
“It’s a sweet deal that we get to face them again and see how good they really are,” Ellison said. “It’s especially true for our four seniors who know that it’s their last go-round. They have two weeks left and want to go out in the state tournament and try to get there for them.”