It didn’t take long for the Sealy varsity softball team to rebound from an uncharacteristic loss against Needville last week. After scoring more than 10 runs in their previous two games, the Lady Tigers lost to the Lady Jays 3-2 for their second district loss of the season.
With a 3-2 district record heading into their game against Bellville at home, the Lady Tigers were still competitive for the district title albeit falling behind. They helped their chances in a big way against the Lady Brahmas.
After going up 1-0 in the first inning, Sealy’s bats came alive in the second as they scored 13 runs in the second making an early run-rule victory a real possibility.
“We just had a struggling offensive game against Needville so we knew we had to come out firing today and that is exactly what we did,” Head Coach Brittney Whitehead said. “When you go ahead like that, it helps the confidence and it’s nice seeing us get back on track offensively.”
After shutting them out for the first two innings, junior Kendall Dornak was hoping to keep Bellville from scoring to keep the possibility of ending the game in three innings alive. She allowed two runners on first and second with two outs and the team gathered at the mound for a discussion.
“The defense helped me out a lot tonight and they just told me to relax and reminded me how big we were up to help
The defense continued to help her on the next pitch as junior shortstop Makaylah Scott made a leaping catch to end the inning and the Lady Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the third to go up 15-0 and end the game.
“I think we needed the loss against Needville to bring us back down to reality and we showed that we still have that ability to win important games like this,” Scott said. “To help get this win on the plate and being the person who can make the play on defense is just an awesome feeling.”
The win brought the team’s season record to 14-12 overall with a district record of 4-2. With Needville having a lead for first in the district with a 5-1 record, Sealy remains in the running for that title with two more games left in their season.