Softball: Kingwood hands Summer Creek first loss in district
Kingwood’s Ashely York and Jourdyn Campbell do a lot of damage from the top two spots of the batting order.
York and Campbell both know that if they get on base it will set their teammates up to follow behind.
York and Campbell combined to go 8-for-9 with four RBI as Kingwood ended its two game District 22-6A losing streak by defeating Summer Creek 14-9 on Friday night at Bulldogs field.
“It’s really important for Jourdyn and I to get hits,” said the junior centerfielder York, who went 5-for-5 with four singles, one double, two RBI, two stolen bases and scored four runs. “If our teammates see us hitting the pitcher they get momentum thinking that can hit the pitcher then they go up to the plate with a lot of confidence. When the whole team is hitting we can be dangerous.”
The Lady Mustangs (3-3) also handed Summer Creek (11-4-1, 4-1) its first district loss of the season.
“This feels amazing,” said the senior shortstop Campbell, who hits two doubles, a single and three RBI. “I’m really excited because we got a big win today. We came into the game with a two-game losing streak in district. This is a big win for our team, and it’s going to give us confidence going forward.”
Kingwood head coach Lauren Hendrix was glad to see the fight in her team throughout the game.
“We have just been preaching to them all week that they need to have confidence,” Hendrix said. “They have to be a team that has confidence every time they step on the field. We kind of hit a little bit of a down spiral lately, dropping our last two games that we didn’t want to drop.”
“It’s a huge win, she added. “Summer Creek has a great ball club this year, and we wanted to come in here and take care of business. And I think that’s going to help us with our confidence going forward.”
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Summer Creek head coach Gabe Castillo thought this loss was a learning experience for the Lady Bulldogs.
“This is a good opportunity for us to see how we respond to adversity,” Castillo said. “How we can come together as a team to try to get these mishaps corrected with errors, lack of performance at the plate and for us to regroup as a team.”
Kingwood finished with 17 hits, and every Lady Mustang that came to the plate got on base.
The Lady Mustangs got off to a great start after back-to-back hits by York and Campbell.
Maddie Brewer hit a RBI groundout to bring the first run home for Kingwood. Brooke Babcock hit a RBI single to give the Lady Mustangs a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first.
Kingwood starting pitcher Mary Martinez set down the Lady Bulldogs 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first with two strikeouts. Martinez pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts.
Campbell hit a RBI double to extend the Lady Mustangs’ lead to 3-0 after the second inning.
The Lady Bulldogs tied the game with one swing of the bat.
Derika Castillo led off with a single and a batter later Dani Moreno walked to put runners on first and second base.
Jasmine Gray wasted no time and hit a 3-run home run to tie the game.
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Kingwood wasn’t throwing in the towel with the game tied.
“We were thinking let’s just change this momentum around,” said Campbell. “We just had to keep going from where we were at and keep climbing from there.”
Kingwood’s bats responded by scoring eight runs off seven hits in the top of the seventh inning to take an 11-3 lead.
“Hitting is contagions,” said the Texas A&M signee Campbell. “Once one bat starts going, all of them start going. We were all in it that inning and our bats were on fire.”
“It’s what we have been working hard in practice for,” Hendrix said. “They’re tired of losing and they want to continue the tradition at Kingwood that the former players and alumni have built. They wanted to come out strong and we came in here knowing that we weren’t leaving without a win.”
Summer Creek chipped away and cut the Lady Mustangs lead down to six after Danielle Dina hit a two-run home run.
Castillo still saw his team compete to get back into the game.
“One thing that we always talk about is win the inning,” Castillo said. “We were down 11-3 and you have to chip away here and there. You just have to get some hits and pass the bat.”
Kingwood hopes this win is the start of a long district winning streak.
“This game showed us that we have a lot of chemistry,” York said. “We were up and then they came back, but we were still able to hold our ground and finish the game strong. Our chemistry is really high right now and we want to continue winning games in district so that we can make the playoffs.”