Friendswood thrashes Clear Lake 19-4

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Lady Mustangs have been on a roll and they continued their winning ways with a 19-4 win over the Clear Lake Lady Falcons 19-4. The win was their sixth straight in District 24-6A improving their record to 8-4 and keeping them in playoff contention.

The Lady Stangs pounded out 14 hits beginning in the opening stanza as 12 consecutive hitters reached base that resulted in 11 runs scoring for an 11-0 lead.

Collecting RBIs in the opening frame for Friendswood were Ashley Elliott (RBI double), Bayleigh Lay (two-RBI single), Elizabeth Higgins (RBI single), Celina Saenz (RBI single), Savannah Hartman (two-RBI triple), Hannah Carpenter (RBI single), Kendall Cross (RBI double) and Emily Jackson (sacrifice fly).

Friendswood added three more runs in second inning on a Saenz sacrifice fly and a two-run homer by Carpenter.

Winning 15-2 going into the fourth inning, Julianna Tinger’s run-scoring single and Lay’s sacrifice fly accounted for half of the Lady Mustangs’ final four runs.

Having a big game for Friendswood were Hartman (two runs and two RBIs), Carpenter (four runs, three hits, three RBIs), Elliott (three runs, two hits), Jackson (two runs), Raegan Jones (two RBIs), Tinger (two RBIs) and Lay (three RBIs, two hits, two runs).

Friendswood 4 - Clear Creek 3

At one point early in the season, Friendswood was 2-4 in district and it appeared that the Lady Mustangs would miss the playoffs.

However, a recent surge and commitment from the team, Friendswood has captured their fifth straight league victory to improve to 7-4 and stay in playoff contention.

The never-say-die Friendswood girls entered the bottom of the seventh inning and their final at-bats trailing 3-1 to the Clear Creek Lady Wildcats.

The Lady Mustangs finally came through when Celina Saenz led off the inning with a single, followed by Savannah Hartman with another single for two on and no outs.

Hannah Carpenter moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt, setting up Ashley Elliot with runners and second, and third with one out.

Elliot reached base with a walk, loading the bases for Kendall Cross, who was also walked, leading to an RBI for Cross, scoring courtesy runner Grace Hahn, to cut the lead to 3-2.

Emily Jackson smashed an RBI single to left, scoring Hartman to tie the game up at 3-3.

Elliot charged home on a grounder hit to shortstop by Julianna Tinger, beating the throw to the plate for the walk-off, 4-3, win.

Scoring the first run of the game for Friendswood was Carpenter, scoring Hartman on a double to left, in the fifth inning to cut the Clear Creek lead to 3-1.

The Lady Wildcats did all of their damage in the third inning when Madison Petrella lined a bases-loaded double to right field, clearing the bases, scoring Jessica Skladal, Kaela Cook and Lindsey Leistad.