— By GREG WEBB
A very thorough accounting of Weatherford softball’s seniors, who were honored on Friday at Lady Roos Field prior to the final district home game, was followed by an even more thorough pummeling of Arlington Lamar’s Lady Vikings.
A fitting offensive start for the WHS girls was provided by Ashleigh Erb, who stroked a triple over the Lamar outfielder’s reach in left field, completing the trip around the bases by crossing home plate on a passed ball. The early score was a precursor to the Lady Roos’ domination of Lamar, resulting in a 10-0, four and a half-inning District 3-5A win.
The Weatherford defense contrasted with the Lady Vikes as much as the offense. With Kelso O’Brien in the circle for the Lady Roos and ceding just a lone hit, her backups played errorless ball behind her. O’Brien’s solid outing included a handful of strikeouts and no free passes for the Lamar hitters.
Erb’s first-inning run was the only scoring for the opening frame, but the WHS offense warmed quickly in susequent innings.
After committing the first of their four errors on the night to start Weatherford’s second at bat, Lamar loaded the bases with a pair of walks. Weatherford’s Ariel Johns promptly cleared the bases with the Lady Roos’ second triple of the night, scoring Taylor Pool, Courtney Cleveland and Meredith Dickey. Johns, who topped the RBI stats on the night with her first hit, would score the final run of the stanza, sacrificed home with a fly ball by Erb.
After two fly balls and an O’Brien strikeout made quick work of the Lady Vikes in the top of the third, the WHS girls resumed the flurry of scoring, adding another five runs in the bottom half. Two more scoreless frames ended the night prematurely for Lamar.