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2014-04-03

Lady Bulldogs' softball on road to 'Next Level'

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

Pictured: Lady Bulldog pitcher Katelyn Cornwell packs the heat.



Road to State.
The simple yet powerful motto set by the this year's Lady Bulldog softball squad at the beginning of the season is now beginning to take off, as the ladies have now won four straight district games. With wins over Wimberley, Boerne, Canyon Lake, and Navarro, the Lady Bulldogs have taken apart each team they've played up until this point.
And they aren't done yet.
"In the beginning we weren't too sure how or when are team was going to come together," sophomore Katelynn Cornwell said. "Starting off so strong has given us so much drive, and the state tournament is definitely in our reach!"
The Lady Bulldogs last win came in a thrilling victory last Friday night against the Navarro Panthers. In an eventful and high scoring matchup, the ladies came through late in the game and were able to pull out a close win by the final score of 10-8.
"It was a huge win for us," senior Lexie Dusek said. "Winning such a close game is an important building block for us going forward, and gives us experience next time we are in a tight game."
Even in an offensively dominated game, the Lady Bulldogs defense still came up strong in the clutch as Cornwell and sophomore Shelby Faglie each had key double plays to keep Navarro off of the bases late in the game.
"Shelby and I both knew that with Navarro on the bases, it could be dangerous," Cornwell said. "Those double plays were so crucial to pull out that W!"
The offensive leaders for the ladies in the win were sophomores Carra Gillaspy, who went 3-3 from the plate, and Kristen Grothues, who hit a key triple for the Lady Bulldogs. The ten run offensive output was the largest thus far in district play for the Lady Bulldogs, and it's certainly something to build on moving forward in the season.
"It was a big game offensively for us, and it shows all of the hard work we have put in to make get to where we are now," Gillaspy said. "It also pumps us up for when we go back out into the field on defense."
Extending back to March 11, the Lady Bulldogs are now on a five game winning streak and will look to finish up the first round of district play with a win over the Fredericksburg Billies tonight, in Fredericksburg. Game time is at 5:00 for jv and 7:00 for varsity.