Jags close district play on down note

Second-seeded HHS softball team turns attention to playoffs

Mirror report
Heritage first baseman Brynne Lemley takes a throw for a putout during a recent home game. The Jags will be the No. 2 seed out of District 11-4A in the upcoming playoffs.

KENNEDALE — The second-place Heritage High School softball team just hasn’t been able to find a way to get the better of first-place Kennedale all season long.

The Jaguars fell behind big early before finally putting some runs on the board, but the mountain was too tall to climb as the host Lady Wildcats took a 9-5 decision on Friday night in the District 11-4A season finale for both teams.

The Jags (11-13-1, 9-3) finished without a win in the three meetings with Kennedale in the triple round-robin schedule. Kennedale also won, 18-14, on March 23 and 8-6 on April 1.

HHS was held to only three hits. Two of them were by senior Elizabeth Schmidt, who finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Haley Warren added the third hit, an RBI double, while Kylie Murillo drove in two runs and Lacey Harrison one.

Pitcher Zoe Isom was the recipient of some misfortune as only two of the nine runs charged to her were earned. Isom struck out seven in six innings, but also walked eight.

Kennedale opened with a five-spot due largely to a pair of costly miscues in the field, then upped the lead to 9-0 after four following two more HHS errors. The Jags finally struck back in the sixth as Harison grounded into an RBI and Murillo grounded into an error, allowing Schmidt and Jo Lenzer to score. Warren capped the inning with her RBI double.

The Jags finished the scoring in the seventh as Lenzer hit into an error, scoring Schmidt.

The result last Tuesday was much rosier for the Jags as they once again pummeled Carrollton Ranchview, 11-0, in five innings at Ranchview.

Isom pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts and only one walk, and Isom and Schmidt both homered and wound up with three RBI each. Each were two-run shots in the fifth inning as HHS put the game into run-rule territory.

Schmidt also had a triple and finished 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Murillo finished 2-for-4 with a double, and Ashlyn Franks scored three runs on the night.

The Jags were idle Tuesday and will tune up for the Class 4A Region II playoffs on Friday, hosting Benbrook at HHS in a non-district tilt at 6:30 p.m.