RED OAK — Raegan Ferguson allowed nine runs, but after two swings of Lacy Weaver's mighty bat, Midlothian Heritage High School's point production almost didn't matter.
Red Oak High School beat its Ellis County counterpart 16-9 Wednesday at Lady Hawk Field after 11 runs in two innings with the help of a pair of two-run blasts.
The (1-0) Lady Hawks earned the victory despite allowing Midlothian Heritage to score five runs in the first inning via two singles and a stolen base and error. The bulk of the Jaguars scoring came in the first, fifth and sixth innings, where they scored all of their nine runs on a triplicate of doubles and RBIs by Makenna Anderson, Jessica Hershey, Gracie Larkin and Rachel Richard.
Jordan Freas (3), Danielle Seimears (2), Gracie Lenzer (2), Anderson, Hershey, Richard and Rachael Gray all notched stolen bases. only Anderson was caught stealing.
Lenzer, Midlothian Heritage's starting ace that finished with four strikeouts, five walks and 16 earned runs, held Red Oak relatively quiet through three innings. And though the Jaguars took an early 5-3 lead and held it until the third inning, their surge was short lived.
The Lady Hawk power hitter bashed a two-run home run over the centerfield wall, scoring Morgan Landes in the third inning and then capped a six-score run in the fourth inning with her second two-run shot of the evening. She also singled in the first and fifth and finished 4-for-4 at the plate.
Red Oak finished with 16 hits from eight different batters — including triples from Ferguson and Rickia Smith — and 12 RBIs from eight different players. Only five batters struck out. Outside of Weaver's heroics, Ferguson (3), Landes (2), Smith (2) and Rhian Carson (2) were the team's hits leaders.
While Red Oak will look to extend its win streak to two games when they face Duncanville High School at 7 p.m. Friday at Lady Panther Field, Midlothian Heritage will look to earn its first against second-year start up Frisco Reedy High School at 7 p.m. at FRHS.
Duncanville handed Waxahachie High School a season-opening 18-11 loss on Wednesday at Lady Indian Field. Red Oak will meed the Lady Indians during the first district meeting of the 2017 season on the road on March 10.
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