Lady Panthers bust out big bats in district wins

Jennifer Schmalz puts the ball in play on April 6 against Concordia Lutheran. Schmalz had four hits in two SPX wins last week. (Photo by Wayne Donnelly)

Runs have come in abundance for the St. Pius X Lady Panthers on the softball diamond so far this season as their lineup is averaging 8.4 runs per game.

The potent lineup, which had a 1.032 team OPS entering play Tuesday, kept it rolling last week with another big win to stay perfect in TAPPS District 4 play. SPX beat Incarnate Word Academy 11-1 on April 8.

It was the fourth time in six games the Lady Panthers reached double digits on the scoreboard and the eighth time this season. Five players – Emily Dear, Samantha Fox, Brooke Landry, Olivia McGee and Jennifer Schmalz – had at least two hits for SPX, while McGee and Dear drove in three runs apiece.

The Lady Panthers then defeated St. Agnes Academy 4-2 on Tuesday night to improve to 14-9 overall and 6-0 in district play. Schmalz and Dear each picked up multiple hits, while Fox drove in two runs.

Dear was also strong in the circle last week, throwing two complete games while out a combined 17 batters. She has a 1.39 ERA in 90.2 innings pitched this season in addition to a .656 batting average at the plate.

Elsewhere on the private-school circuit, the Lutheran High North Lady Lions were scheduled to take on Baytown Christian on Tuesday afternoon.

In public-school action, the Heights Lady Bulldogs pounded out 17 hits in a 21-0 win over Westbury on April 9, improving their record to 12-5 overall and 9-1 in District 18-6A ahead of Tuesday’s game against Lamar. Bethany Davila, Janis Montano, Miranda Palacios, Sarah Peyrani and Ylana Santos had multiple hits against Westbury, while Casiana Quintanilla hit a grand slam.

Waltrip dropped an 8-7 decision to Milby on April 9, falling to 7-2 on the season.

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The Waltrip Rams used a four-run fifth inning to come from behind and defeat Milby 6-4 on April 10, improving to 8-6-2 overall and 4-0 in District 23-5A.

Scarborough bounced back from a 6-3 loss to Northside on April 6 with a 14-3 victory over North Forest on April 10. The Spartans were 8-8 on the season and 7-1 in District 23-4A entering Wednesday’s game against Booker T. Washington.

Heights dropped two games to Lamar last week, falling 12-0 on April 9 and 13-5 on April 10.

Washington dropped a 24-11 decision against Wheatley on April 10, leaving the Eagles at 0-6 for the season.

In private-school action, St. Pius X split a pair of games with Katy St. John XXIII last week, winning 6-5 on April 8 before dropping a 7-2 decision on April 10. Casan Evans had two RBIs for the Panthers in the April 8 win, while Jack Herzog pitched seven shutout innings. SPX was 13-9 overall and 3-4 in district play entering Wednesday’s game against Bellaire Episcopal.

Lutheran High North's losing streak reached six after an 11-3 loss to Beaumont Legacy Christian. Matthew Ladet had three hits and an RBI in the game, while Isaiah Greenhouse had two hits and an RBI.

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