Pitcher Jessica Adams and the Bryan softball team mimicked the weather with a dreary start, but the Lady Vikings warmed up in a big way for a 10-3 victory over the Bastrop Cedar Creek Lady Eagles in the NFCA Texas Leadoff Classic on Thursday at Lady Viking Field.
Adams hit the first batter the junior right-hander faced and Gabby Gomez followed with an RBI triple that helped the Lady Eagles take a surprising 2-0 lead in a game delayed several hours by inclement weather.
“With the weather it’s, ‘Hey, we’re going to get out this time,’” Bryan coach Enrique Luna said. “Then, ‘No, we’re not.’ Plus, I mean, it got cold quickly.”
The weather seemed to bother the Cedar Creek fielders as Bryan took a 3-2 lead in the second inning. Instead of being retired in order, Bryan’s first three batters reached on a weak grounder to first base, a grounder back to the pitcher and a sacrifice bunt. Cedar Creek muffed the catch on all three plays, and Bryan baserunners also took extra bases at will. The Lady Vikings took the lead when their No. 9 hitter struck out and the catcher threw the ball to first, allowing the runner to score. Bryan extended the lead to 5-2 as junior Jacque Adams, Jessica Adams and sophomore Alexis Rodriguez added hits.
The Lady Vikings (2-0) put the game away with five more runs in the third. The bottom of the lineup set the tone with back-to-back, two-out singles by senior Natalia Garcia and freshman Makayla Marquez. Jacque Adams walked to load the bases, and her sister lined a shot over the fence in right-center field for a grand slam, the 21st homer of her career. Sophomore Kylie Hernandez followed with a solo shot to center field.
“I was proud of our hitters there, the bottom of the lineup,” Luna said. “They started a little rally there. That was positive to see. We needed that jolt.”...