After a late switch of fields and less than eight total innings, Grace Community and Bishop Gorman split an unconvential doubleheader on Monday at the Lady Crusaders' field.
The Lady Cougars completed an 8-4 win in Game 1, which was resumed from a game on April 2.
The Lady Crusaders responded by scoring early and often to run-rule Grace 12-2 in a six-inning Game 2.
The doubleheader was originally scheduled finish Game 1 at Grace before playing Game 2 at Gorman, but a mix-up with the umpires delayed the start by an hour, with both matches eventually being played at Gorman.
Game 1 picked up with two outs in the top of the fifth after the previous game had been suspended due to lightning and rain. Lady Cougars pitcher Taylor Kingsley faced the minimum seven batters, striking out four to shut down the the Lady Crusaders.
"She was on fire and really pitched well," Grace coach Kevin Stanley said.
Grace added one run to the seven they tallied earlier in the month. Haley Evans laced a line drive down the leftfield line and scored on a hit from Kristen Mayfield. Evans finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs while Mayfield went 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
After being shut down by Kingsley in the remainder of Game 1, Gorman coach Brittany Jordan told her team to refocus and prepare for a whole new ballgame.
The Lady Crusaders answered the call.
"After the first game we just told them: new slate, this is a new ball game," Jordan said. "If anything it kind of had a little vengeful side to it to come back and get those runs back that we weren't able to get."
Kimi Prevost sparked the TKG offense early with a triple in the first inning. Gorman scored three in the first and five in the second, taking advantage of Grace's six errors on the evening.
The Lady Crusaders closed out the win with four runs in the sixth to call the run rule into effect. Sarah Nemec ended the game with an RBI single to score Emily Kent.
"It feels great to know that they can get that out of their minds and keep pushing hard and play the game like they know how," Jordan said.
Rachel Carney led the Gorman offense with a 2-for-3 performance, scoring three times. Sarah Kent had one hit and three RBIs while Prevost finished 2 for 4, scoring twice.
Hannah Wright scored both of Grace's runs in Game 2 following her team's only extra base hits, a triple and a double.
Game 1 (resumed in fifth)
Grace Community 8,
Bishop Gorman 4
Gorman 210 100 0 — 4 5 4
Grace 106 001 x — 8 8 0
Katelin Jacobi and Rachel Carney. Taylor Kingsley and Hannah Wright. W – Kingsley. L – Jacobi. 2B – TKG: Jacobi. GC: Haley Evans. HR – TKG: Kimi Prevost (first, one on).
Gorman 12, Grace 2
Grace 010 100— 2 6 6
Gorman 350 004 — 12 8 2
Taylor Kingsley, Kylee Stanley (6) and Hannah Wright. Katelin Jacobi and Rachel Carney. W – Jacobi. L – Kingsley. 2B – GC: Wright, Kingsley. 3B – GC: Wright. TKG: Kimi Prevost.
RECORDS — Grace 8-14 (4-6); Gorman (6-4).
NEXT UP — Grace at All Saints 5 p.m. today; Gorman at Waco Reicher, 5 p.m. today.
Lady Trojans win 24-4
CARROLLTON — Maddie Smith hit a first-inning grand slam as All Saints cruised to a 24-4 win over Carrollton Prince of Peace in three innings Monday.
All Saints 24,Carrollton Prince of Peace 4
All Saints (11)67— 24 18 0
PoP 022 — 4 1 3
Maddie Smith, Madison Goforth (2) and Sarah Bracken, Maddie Smith (2). Newhouse and Moldhill. W – Smith. L – Newhouse. 2B – AS: Megan Daviau, Jahla Mumphrey, Kali Ridley. HR – AS: Maddie Smith (first, three on).
RECORDS — All Saints 7-7 (4-5).
NEXT UP — Grace Community at All Saints, 5:30 p.m. today.