CROSBY — Brook Hill’s bats didn’t take long to wake up Friday morning in the TAPPS Division II state softball semifinals.
The Lady Guard scored multiple runs in all of the first four innings on the way to a 14-4 win over Grace Community.
Brook Hill got the scoring started in the top of the first inning. Kylei Griffin had an RBI groundout to score Kasey Anderson. Maeci Wilson and Sophia Arno both scored on wild pitches to make the score 3-0.
The Lady Guard added to their lead in the top of the second with a two-run single by Micah Lovelady.
Grace chipped into the lead in the bottom of the second. Landry Fowler scored on an error. Maddie Flanery and Hadley Brewer added RBI singles to cut the Brook Hill lead to 5-3.
In the top of the third, Morgan Maddox stole home. Anderson had an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch, and Griffin added a sacrifice fly to push the score to 9-3.
The Lady Cougars’ final run came in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Rachel Labat.
Brook Hill tacked on three more runs in the fourth, highlighted by an RBI triple from Wilson.
Brook Hill’s final blow was dealt in the top of the sixth when Griffin hit her fourth home run of the year — a two-run shot.
Wilson went 4-for-4 with the triple and four runs scored. Micah Lovelady was 3-for-5. Griffin had a home run, a double and four RBIs.
Fowler, Sheldon Furqueron and Brewer all had two hits for Grace.
Anderson pitched six innings for Brook Hill. She allowed four unearned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
Grace freshman Presley Johnston had seven strikeouts and 10 walks in six innings.
Brook Hill (18-7-2) has won 14 straight contests. The Lady Guard will play Houston Lutheran South for the state title at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Crosby. Houston Lutheran South took a 3-2 win in the semifinals over Fort Bend Christian, which was the three-time defending state champion.