— By GREG WEBB
In the first of their two district meetings at Lady Roo Field on Tuesday, Arlington Martin’s Lady Warriors held off a Weatherford seventh-inning rally to take the first contest, 6-5.
Down two runs, the Lady Roos’ had two runners in scoring position with no outs after Kelso O’Brien’s lead-off base hit and Liz Konig’s double. Katelyn Miller, pinch running for O’Brien, crossed home plate on a wild pitch, but that was as close as the Lady Roos would get. A ground out, fly out and strike out ended the rally, as Weatherford fell to 1-1 in district play.
Weatherford and Martin figure to be the top two teams of the district, and could well determine the top seed in their return meeting at the end of March.
The Lady Warriors drew first blood in the opening inning of the contest, scoring three runs. But the margin was cut to a single run in the next bottom frame, as WHS answered with a pair. The pitching and defense settled in for a bit over the next few innings, though Martin was able to increase its lead by a run.
Weatherford erased the two-run deficit in the bottom of the fourth in a rally started by Erin Riney’s single through the pitcher’s circle. Kayla Gardner, who also had the defensive highlight of the game with an ankle high catch in right field, stroked an RBI double. Courtney Cleveland’s ground out advanced Gardner, who completed her trek around the base paths after O’Brien’s sac fly.
Martin scored again in the top of the sixth, setting up the WHS attempt to rally in the final frame.
Konig led the Lady Roo offense with three hits, though Martin outhit Weatherford, 13-7.
The WHS girls look to get back in the win column on Friday when they travel to play at Arlington High School. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.