Flower Mound starts slow, but finds offense in bi-district win over Keller Central

KELLER — It took a couple of innings to shake the playoff nerves, but Flower Mound found its stroke, rapping out 15 hits in a 12-4 bashing of Grapevine in a Class 5A bi-district one-game playoff Friday might at Keller Central.

Flower Mound (22-8-1), the top-ranked team in SportsDay’s area ranking and No. 10 in the state, advances to meet the South Grand Prairie-Belton winner in the area round.

“I think we got a little over-psyched at first,’’ said Flower Mound center fielder Christy Lisenby, one of five Jaguars with multi-hit games. “We were excited about the playoffs starting. And the prom Saturday night.’’

Flower Mound did most of its damage in two innings, scoring four in the third and six in the sixth.

“Hitting is our strength,’’ said Flower Mound coach Mark Larriba. “It has been all year.’’

Grapevine (12-14) used two pitchers — starter Hannah Maxey and reliever MacKenzie Hill — in an effort to slow down Flower Mound’s bats.

“Flower Mound has a good hitting lineup,’’ said Grapevine coach Steve Bottoms. “They’ll be a handful for any team they meet in the playoffs.’’

Winning pitcher Annelise Oswalt helped her cause with the game's biggest hit, a bases-loaded triple in the sixth. She finished with four RBIs. Kelly Powell, Taylor Nabors, Mauri Jemele and Alex Jennings contributed a pair of hits along with Lisenby.

The adjustment of moving to the front of the batters box paid off in the third inning when the Jaguars scored four runs on four hits. Powell drove in the first run with a groundout. Lisenby followed with an RBI double and Ashley Fultz made it 3-0 with an RBI triple. Oswalt’s sacrifice fly scored Fultz with the fourth run.

Grapevine closed the gap to 5-2 in the fourth. Following infield hits by Hill and Brittany Perkins, Cynthia Haugh’s RBI double one-hopped the left-field fence.

In the bottom of the sixth, Shelby Goodman’s two-run single as Grapevine avoided the 10-run mercy rule.

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