Softball: Lady Guard win 4 of 5 at TASO Tyler Tournament

Brook Hill softball enjoyed a winning weekend at the TASO Tyler Tournament, posting victories over Malakoff, Athens, Rains and Mineola. Its lone setback was to Gladewater.

The combined results give BH a 7-5 overall record.

The fun began on Thursday in Tyler with a 5-3 victory over Mineola.

Brook Hill’s Alyssa Duplichain went 2 for 3 with a double, AD Kuechle was 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs and Kasey Anderson also had two hits, going 2 for 2 with two singles and two runs scored. Anderson grabbed the win in the circle, allowing three earned runs on four hits with five walks and two strikeouts.

The game was called after the fourth inning because of a drop-dead time limit.

Brook Hill rallied from a 1-0 first-inning deficit, scoring two runs in the first and three in the third. Anderson drove in Maddie Anthony with a single to tie the game in the first with Anderson coming around to score and give BH a 2-1 lead on a single from Kuechle.

The Lady Guard tacked on three more runs in the third for a 5-1 lead courtesy of an RBI double by Duplichain, an RBI triple by Kuechle and RBI groundout from Brianna Young to score Kuechle.

BH followed that up with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Rains. Micah Lovelady provided the big highlight in the victory, a two-run inside-the-park home run that also scored Young to tie the game at 2-2 in the second inning.

Lovelady put the Lady Guard in front to stay in the fourth with a bunt RBI single that scored Young, who had led off the frame with a single. Kaitlyn Juarez followed up with a bunt single of her own to score Kyndel Clayton, who had walked. Lovelady then raced home on a single from Anthony for a 5-2 lead.

Rains scored two runs in the top of the fifth and had runners on base when the game was halted because of time limit, awarding the Lady Guard victory. Clayton got the win in the circle, allowing two earned runs while scattering seven hits.

BH closed out a 3-0 Thursday with a 6-2 win over Athens. The Lady Guard combined to walk seven times in the game with Young going 2 for 3 with two singles and two RBIs. Kuechle, singled, doubled and scored two runs.

The Lady Guard trailed in the second inning when Young reached on a fielder’s choice, went to second on a walk to Lovelady and third when Juarez was hit by a pitch. With two outs and the bases loaded, a pitch got past Athens’ catcher, enabling Young to race home and tie the game. 1-1.

BH trailed again in the third, 2-1, but answered with three runs. Anthony began things with a double followed by a walk to Anderson. A wild pitch enabled both runners to move to second and third with no outs. Duplichain laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Anthony to tie the game, 2-2 while also move Anderson to third base with now one out.

Kuechle followed with a single to score Anderson and five BH its first lead, 3-2. The Lady Guard eventually pushed across a fourth run when Clayton drew a bases-loaded walk to score Kuechle.

The Lady Guard added two insurance runs in the fourth with Young lacing an two-run single to right field, scoring Duplichain, who’d been hit by a pitch and Kuechle, who’d singled.

Anderson took care of the rest in the circle, allowing two earned runs on six hits with one strikeouts in her five innings for the win.

On Saturday, Brook Hill began with a 10-4 setback to Gladewater.

Duplichain gave the Lady Guard a perfect start with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Anthony singled to lead off and scored when Duplichain launched a pitch deep over the center-field fence for a 2-0 lead.

Gladewater scored seven runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the fourth.

With time ticking toward the drop-dead limit, Brook Hill erased two runs off of its deficit in the fifth. Anthony singled to lead off and stole second and third before coming home on a RBI bunt single by Anderson. Anderson then scored on an RBI single by Duplichain to make it 10-4. Kuechle reached on an error to put runners at first and second with no outs when the game was halted for time.

In their final game of the weekend, the Lady Guard bats broke out, scoring four runs in the third inning and five in the fourth to rally from a 5-1 deficit and defeat Malakoff, 10-6.

Anthony got things going in the first inning with a leadoff double before going to third on a sac but by Anderson and scored on ground ball by Duplichain.

BH trailed 5-1 in the third when Vanna Dean reached on an error to lead off and went to second after Natalie Travis was hit by a pitch. Anderson delivered a one-out single to score Travis and cut the deficit to 5-2.

With two outs, AD Kuechle provided a two-run double that scored Anderson and Duplichain. BH then tied the game, 5-5, when Lovelady singled home Kiechle.

Malakoff took the lead back, 6-5, in the bottom of the third, but the Lady Guard delivered five-run fourth in response.

Juarez singled to lead off and went to third when Dean’s ground ball was misplayed, allowing her to reach on the error. With runners on the corners, Travis put down a sacrifice bunt to score Juarez, but another errant throw allowed Travis t reach and Dean to go to third.

The game tied, Anthony worked a walk to load the bases. Anderson gave the Lady Guard a 7-6 lead with an RBI single that scored Dean. Travis tried to steal home, but was thrown out with both runners moving up a base for Duplichain, who singled to score Anthony and make it 8-6.

Kuechle made sure BH stayed on the front foot with a two-run single to score Anderson and Duplichain for a 10-6 lead.

The game was called in the fifth because of time limit, giving Brook Hill a 4-1 record in its five games at the TASO tournament.