June 8, 2022

 

 

The Eagles softball team poses Saturday afternoon with their UIL trophy and medals after competing in the State Tournament finals. courtesy of tim swan

 

Silver still stellar

Lady Eagles take second place in State tournament

 

By NICHOLAS CICALE

It was a bittersweet weekend for the Eagles Softball team, which went deeper into the State Tournament than ever before, but ultimately lost in the finals to Lake Creek 7-0. 

The team headed into Saturday afternoon’s State Tournament finale with confidence. One year after being eliminated in the tournament’s opening round, a 3-2 Georgetown win against Aledo in Friday’s semifinal match put the girls within striking distance to reach their ultimate goal. 

The final hurdle of the season, however, was a daunting one. 

Georgetown’s Saturday opponent, the Lake Creek Lions, went into the final game of 2022 with a pristine 40-0 record. The Lions were going to give it their all to complete a perfect season and to earn the school its first-ever State title. 

Madison Hartley, who had faced 26 batters the previous day and had only allowed one earned run, was on the mound again for the Eagles. In the first inning, her and Lion’s pitcher Ava Brown were dealing. 

However, Lake Creek scored the game’s first run in the top of the second inning. Hartley loaded the bases with no outs, and gave up a run before being replaced by Cambree Creager, who got out of the inning without allowing another baserunner to score. 

The slap-hitting Lions were relentless in the third inning, and took advantage of a few uncharacteristic Eagles mistakes. A single and stolen base put a runner in scoring position, and a walk put a second runner on. Creager limited the damage with a great catch of a bunt, but a hit batter and throwing error later in the inning allowed two more to score to make the game 4-0. 

An additional run in the fifth brought the score to 5–0. 

Brown was electric on the mound for Lake Creek, and carried a perfect game into the fifth inning before Georgetown was able to reach base on a single and a hit batter, the lone opportunity the Eagles had in the game. 

The Lions’ last runs of the game came in the top of the sixth inning, when Brown smacked a two-run double into the outfield. On the mound, Brown threw seven shutout innings on 74 pitches.

Ultimately, Lake Creek scored seven runs on nine hits, while Georgetown had one hit and committed four errors defensively.