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Lady Tigers sweep Belton Invitational, Parker with 4 HRs and 16 RBIs in five games, move to 14-5 on season

By Tony Adams, 03/03/19, 1:00PM CST


Parker with 4 HRs and 16 RBIs in five games,

After Belton’s 11-1 run-rule win over Academy on Thursday morning, the Lady Tigers’ Softball team played four games over the next two days.

And Maddison Parker had an opportunity to build on a 2-of-3 performances with one homer and four runs batted in over the next four contests.

She did exactly that and had one of the most prolific weekend tournaments in Belton Lady Tigers Softball history.

Belton took on Aledo on Thursday night.

Parker hit two homers and drove in five runs, and Payton Cook added a three-run blast, as the Lady Tigers run-ruled the Lady Bearcats in five innings, 12-1.

Aledo jumped out to an early 1-0 in the first. Macy Graf singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a single by Alana Smith.

Belton scored two runs in the second inning, as Madison Ward singled and Parker hit a first-pitch fastball over the centerfield fence to give the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead.

After Aledo stranded a runner at second, Belton scored four runs in the third inning. Caleigh Robinson singled, Madison Sniggs doubled and Ward singled home Robinson. Sniggs was injured sliding into third and was replaced by Payton Cook. Parker leveled another first-pitch fastball over the right-centerfield fence for a three-run homer to give Belton a 6-0 lead.

Hannah Kelley was cruising in the circle in the midst of retiring nine batters when she got six more runs in the Belton fourth inning. Miranda Davila singled in Bethany Sherwood, who was courtesy running for Izzy Gutierrez. Robinson walked, and Nunes singled in Davila before Cook blasted a 1-1 pitch over the left-centerfield wall to score three more runs. Ward scored on a passed ball to round out the scoring for Belton.

Kelley picked up the win in the circle, as she allowed just one run on four hits, and struck out seven.

On Friday morning, the Lady Tigers took on the Waco Robinson Lady Rockets.

Belton bounced back from a 2-0 deficit with a three-run homer from Sherwood, and Davila and Nunes added RBIs for a 5-2 win in six innings.

Belton had three hits in the first inning, but two runners were left on board.

Robinson scored in the top of the second off of Taylor Tubbs. With one out, Tyeann Johnson singled, and an overthrow at first base scored Johnson, Shelby Lashombe singled in Kinzie Homeyer to put the Rockets up 2-0.

The Lady Tigers were primed and determined to take the lead back in the bottom of the frame. Parker singled and moved to second on Harley Staton’s sacrifice. Cook singled Parker to third before Sherwood blasted a pitch over the centerfield wall for a three-run homer to lift the Lady Tigers into the lead, 3-2.

Tubbs picked up steam and was mowing down hitters when she got an RBI double from Davila and RBI single from Nunes in the fourth to put Belton up 5-2. She picked up the win having pitched six innings, allowed two runs on three hits, struck five and walked two.

Parker, Drake, Davila, Sherwood, and Nunes each picked up two hits and Cook picked up the other, as Belton left six runners on base.

On Friday night, the Lady Tigers took on the Midland Lee Lady Rebels.

Parker drove in three runs and Cook added two RBIs on three hits, as Belton went the distance with Lee, as they won 8-1.

Drake got a rally started with a one-out bunt single in the bottom of the third inning. She stole two bases and scored on Davila’s single put Belton up 1-0.

The Lady Tigers posted four more runs in the fifth inning. Davila walked, Nunes singled home Davila, Parker singled in Davila, Staton singled in Makenzie Drake who ran for Nunes, and Cook drove in Parker and Staton with a two-run single to up the Tiger lead to five runs.

Belton increased their lead in the sixth inning with Drake singled and scored on an overthrow into the third-base dugout. Parker singled home Jayden Tabler, who was running for Nunes, and Ward to give Belton an 8-0 lead.

The only run of the ballgame by Lee was on a solo homer be Gee Dominguez with one out in the top of the seventh inning.

Cotton picked up the win, as she went seven innings, allowed one run on nine hits, walked one, and struck out six.

Cook had three hits, while Drake and Davila each had two hits. The Lady Tigers had 12 hits and stranded 10 runners.

On Saturday afternoon, Belton took on Ennis to round out the tournament.

Parker and Drake each collected two hits, as Belton completed the sweep of their tournament with a 6-2 win over the Lady Lions.

Belton took an early 2-0 lead, a Drake walked and stole second base, Davila sacrificed her to third base, Robinson drove Drake in with a double and Parker singled in Robinson.

Kelley got the start in the circle and retired nine of the first 10 batters before trouble struck in the fourth inning. An RBI triple by Quianna Robinson and RBI single by Ryan Nutt tied the game at 2-2.

The Lady Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth inning. Robinson reached on an error and was run for by Staton. She reached third base on a double by Nunes. With one out, Parker launched a 3-1 towards the left field foul pole. The ball went over the pole and was ruled a three-run homer, scoring courtesy runners Staton and Emily Parker to put Belton up 5-2. Cook immediately followed with a double and scored on an error to up the score to 6-2.

Kelley retired the first two batters in the seventh inning on strikeouts before back-to-back singles made things interesting. Kelley got Kenedee Yrlas to fly out to Drake to end the ballgame.

Parker wound up with four RBIs and Robinson had one, as Belton left nine runners on base.

Kelley got the win, going six innings, gave up two runs on seven hits, struck one and struck out four.

For the tournament, Maddison Parker was 9-of-15, with four homers and 16 runs batted in. Drake had 10 hits, stole seven bases and scored five runs. Davila went 7-of-13 with five runs scored and three runs batted in. Cook went 6-of-9 with five runs batted in.

The Belton pitching trio of Madison Cotton, Taylor Tubbs and Hannah Kelley combined to pitch 29 innings, allowed seven runs (six earned) on 24 hits, walked seven, and struck out 31 batters in five games.

Two milestones were reached by Avery Drake in the game against Ennis. She had career steal number 150 and career hit number 200 in the fourth inning.

Belton will travel to Temple to return to District 12-6A to play the TemCats at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.