Panthers, Lady Bulldogs lead local squads on diamond

Heights High School softball team. (Photo from Twitter)

While it was a bit of a rough week on the diamond for some of the area’s high school baseball and softball teams, a couple of teams have emerged as leaders of the pack.

The St. Pius X baseball team continued its hot streak to begin the season, as did the Heights Lady Bulldogs softball team, by holding serve with perfect weeks.

St. Pius had won six of its last seven contests after going 2-0 last week. Jack Johnson and Kyle Winkler had two hits apiece in a 3-1 win over St. John’s on March 11, while Winkler also gave up just one unearned run in six innings of work on the mound. Jackson Mobley had two hits including a double while driving in three runs for the Panthers (8-3) in an 11-0 win over Eisenhower on March 12.

Meanwhile, the Lutheran High North Lions improved to 2-0 with a 9-5 victory over Scarborough on March 12. They will next face Tomball Rosehill Christian on March 23.

The St. Thomas Eagles had a rough week, dropping all three games last week. On March 12, they dropped both ends of a doubleheader by scores of 5-3 against Lamar and 10-6 against College Park. St. Thomas (8-4-1) then lost 7-0 to Cy Fair Learning Center on March 13.

On the public-school circuit, Scarborough bounced back from the aforementioned loss to LHN with two victories over Wheatley. The Spartans (5-6, 4-0 district) defeated the Wildcats by a score of 11-6 on Monday, then won by a 14-8 tally on Tuesday night.

Waltrip split a pair of games last week, defeating Houston Austin 16-0 on March 10 before dropping an 11-0 decision to Second Baptist on Monday. The Rams (3-4, 2-0) were set for a rematch with Second Baptist on Wednesday afternoon.

Booker T. Washington is 0-2 on the season after losing 16-9 against North Forest on March 9 and dropping Monday’s game against Furr by a score of 18-1.

Softball

The aforementioned Heights Lady Bulldogs continued their early rampage through District 18-6A with two more wins last week. Sarah Peyrani and Marissa Gonzales each had two hits for Heights (9-2, 6-0) in a 13-5 win over Chavez on March 12. The Lady Bulldogs also took down Lamar by a score of 16-5 on March 9.

St. Pius X, meanwhile, had a rocky week. The Lady Panthers split doubleheaders on both March 11 and March 12 in tournament play before dropping both ends of a doubleheader on March 13, when they lost 7-6 to San Marcos and 10-3 against Akins.

Olivia McGee drove in two runs for SPX (7-8) in a 5-4 win over Cornerstone Christian on March 11, while Lora Tresco had three hits and four RBIs in a 9-2 win over Southwest on May 12.

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