Three clash at Lindale Tournament
The Van Zandt County softball community was well represented in Lindale Feb. 23-25, with Canton, Grand Saline and Van all hitting the diamond in tournament action.
The Eaglette program took early bragging rights among county teams at the event, finishing 4-1 overall including wins over Lindale, Spring Hill, Hawkins and Grand Saline at the event. The Lady Vandals finished 3-2 over the three-day event, missing out on going head-to-head against rival Canton but recording wins over Chapel Hill, Scurry-Rosser and Grand Saline. Grand Saline, which entered the week ranked 5th overall among all 3A teams in the state according to the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly Poll, endured and up and down tournament by finishing 1-3-1 in five games played.
The Lady Vandals began play against Tyler Chapel Hill Feb. 23, building up a four run lead before weathering a late rally for a 4-3 win. Bailey Daniels got the start and win for Van, allowing three runs while striking out seven in five innings of work. Daniels also helped her own cause at the plate, going a perfect 2/2 with two singles. Riley Mitchell and Morgan Benge each finished 1/2 at the plate, with Racheal Thomas getting the lone Van RBI in the win.
Van made short work of Scurry-Rosser in their second game of the tournament, easily cruising to a 9-1 over the Lady Cats. Kelsie Briggs got the win, allowing no earned runs while striking out four in six innings. Offensively, Racheal Thomas and Morgan Benge each recorded two hits, Baleigh Briggs and Emily Thedford each registered 2 RBI, and Hallie Wilkerson and Bailey Daniels got an RBI each.