The Crosby Lady Cougars topped the Huffman Lady Falcons 5-1 in the opening second round game at the Goose Creek Memorial (GCM) softball tournament on Friday morning. Crosby ace Abby Walker appeared in mid-season form striking out nine and limiting a potent Huffman lineup to just five hits over seven innings. Battery mate Ariel Clogston deliverd the big blows with a two out two run triple in a three run third for Crosby and a run scoring single in the fifth.
Huffman starter Savana Cates struggled into the fifth before being relieved by Megan Unroe with runners at first and third and nobody out. Unroe proceeded to strike out the side. Unroe finished the game with seven strikeouts in three innings of relief.
A one out walk to Haleigh Swinney and and a bunt single by lead-off hitter Kaitlyn Stebelton set the stage for Clogston. The senior catcher drilled a one ball one strike pitch into the right centerfield gap scoring Swinney and Stebelton Courtesy runner Tessa Mooneyham scored the final run of the third on a passed ball.
The Lady Cougars added two more in the fifth on a single by Swinney, fielder's choice, a throwing error and Clogstons run scoring single.
Crosby has outscored its opponents 35-13 through six games continues to string the hits and runs together.
Huffman's lone tally came in the fifth on a controversial call. With two on aand two out left-handed hitting rightfielder Demi Janak hit a shot that caromed off Walker's shoulder. Walker appeared to have thrown Janak out but the second base umpire ruled her safe scoring Megan Mitchell from third.
Both teams stay on the road visiting Barbers Hill on Tuesday, February 18th for a 6:00p.m. match while Huffman takes on Victoria East at noon on Thursday, February 20th in the LaGrange softball tournament.
Crosby (4-2) finished the tournament defeating Dickinson 10-3 and dropping games to Bayton Sterling (6-3) and Goose Creek (3-2).
Walker was 3-0 in four tournament starts with 40 strikeouts in 27 innings of work.
Clogston batted .421 with 8 hits and seven rbi's.
Huffman rebounded finishing the tournament with a come-from-behind 18-8 win over Goose Creek and then posting consecutive shutouts against Clear Lake and PNG.
Mitchel, Madi O'Neal and All-Houston preseason shortstop Christina Bardwell paced the Huffman tournament bats posting averages of .467, .429 and .429 respectively. Mitchell recorded a team high seven hits with O'Neal and Falcons lead-off hitter Bailey Sousa picking up six each.