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Softball replay: Plano beats Hebron in clash of softball powers
GAME OF THE NIGHT
MacKenzie Velasquez was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Plano softball team to a 7-4 win over Hebron in a battle of area powers Friday night.
Plano (15-2, 2-0 District 8-5A), ranked 15th in the state in Class 5A, took the lead for good with five runs in the third inning. Erin Lowell had a two-run single in the inning, Ashley McDowell hit an RBI double, and Velasquez and pitcher Kat Batey each added an RBI single.
It was a rematch of last year’s regional quarterfinal playoff matchup. Plano won that series, two games to one, en route to reaching the state semifinals.
Hebron got home runs from Deja Talton and pitcher Heather Stearns, a Baylor signee. Velasquez homered for Plano in the seventh inning.
Batey earned the win, pitching a four-hitter. Lowell had two hits and two RBIs, and Katie Hart also had two hits for Plano.
The Denton Guyer softball team trailed Saginaw, 3-0, but rallied for a 9-3 win to improve to 4-0 in District 7-5A. … The Forney softball team, ranked sixth in the state in 4A, got home runs from Taylor LeFlore and Brooke McCarroll and beat Waxahachie, 4-0.
Emily Acuna, Frisco Wakeland: Was 4-for-4 with a grand slam, four RBIs and three runs scored in a 16-1 win over Carrollton Newman Smith. Brittney Gehle and Jordan Swanner also homered, and Wakeland (14-6, 2-0 District 9-4A) scored 11 runs in the second inning.
Holly Kern, Plano East: The Texas signee pitched a five-hitter and struck out 11 as the state’s fifth-ranked 5A team beat Plano West, 3-1. Sarah Morales had a three-run double in the first inning for Plano East (18-1, 2-0 District 8-5A).
Kristin Watkins, Keller: Had a triple and four RBIs to help Keller beat Justin Northwest, 6-3.
Amanda Windham, Hurst L.D. Bell: Pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out six in an 11-0 win over Euless Trinity. Demi McNulty had two of L.D. Bell’s four triples in the victory.
Hannah Null, Flower Mound Marcus: Pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out six in a 4-0 win over Flower Mound, the state’s sixth-ranked 5A team. Madison Greenwell homered for Marcus.
15: Strikeouts for McKinney North freshman pitcher Celeste Verdolivo in a 2-0 win over Richardson Pearce in softball.
15: Strikeouts for Carrollton Creekview pitcher Alex Lewis in an 11-0 win vs. Frisco Centennial in softball.
7: RBIs for Wylie softball player Megan Slocum in a 17-6 win over Rockwall. She had a grand slam, triple and single.