The McLennan Highlassies dropped both games of a North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader in Temple on Saturday.The Lady Leopards shutout the Highlassies 3-0 in game one with freshman hurler Ashley Mills taking the loss on the mound.
Temple’s first run came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Shelbi Swenson was hit by the pitch, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a ground out by Melina Sanchez and scored on a single by Briana Knowles.
The Lady Leopards added one in the fifth. Melissa Herrera was hit by the pitch advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dakota Holly and scored on a double by Swenson.
The final run came in the bottom of the sixth. Mackenzie Grier was safe at first and moved all the way to third on a Highlassie error. Grier then scored on another error.
The Lady Leopards defeated the Highlassies 7-5 in the nightcap with freshman Ashley Tharp taking the loss.
Temple began the scoring with one run in the bottom of the first as Dakota Holly singled, moved to third on a double by Swenson and scored on a single by Sanchez.
The Lady Leopards added one run in the second as Alex Wilson singled, moved to second on an error and scored on a single by Abigail Schade.
Temple increased the lead to four with two runs in the third. Holly was safe at first on an error and Swenson singled. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Sanchez and scored on a single by Grier.
McLennan got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth as Amber Mills was safe at first and moved to second on an error, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Sevanah Campos.
Temple added a run in the bottom of the fourth as Schade tripled and scored on a triple by Holly.
The Highlassies scored one run in the fifth. Courtney Mica was hit by the pitch and Darian Sanchez drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Summer Dolezel. Mica then scored on a ground out by Amber Mills.
The Lady Leopards final two runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Stephanie Lugo singled and stole second. Schade drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Swenson.
McLennan rounded out the scoring with three runs in the seventh. Amber Mills doubled and scored on a home run by Natali Duron. Taylor Davis followed with a single but was out at second on a fielder’s choice by Campos. Jessica Garcia followed with a single, moving Campos to third. Abby White then singled to score Campos.
The Highlassies return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Vernon for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
Temple 3, McLennan 0
McLennan 000 000 0 – 0 3 4
Temple 000 111 x – 3 6 3
Ashley Mills and Natali Duron. Stephanie Flores and Melina Sanchez. WP: Flores; LP: Mills. Leading hitters – McLennan: Amber Mills (1-2, 2B); Temple: Shelbi Swenson (1-2, 2B, RBI), Briana Knowles (2-3, RBI). Record: McLennan 31-7 (15-2).
Temple 7, McLennan 5
McLennan 000 110 3 – 5 9 2
Temple 112 102 x – 7 14 1
Ashley Tharpe, Ashley Mills (6) and Natali Duron. Paige Williams, Stephanie Flores (7) and Melina Sanchez. WP: Williams; LP: Tharpe: Save: Flores. Leading hitters – McLennan: Amber Mills (1-4, 2B, RBI), Natali Duron (1-3, HR, 2 RBI), Sevanah Campos (1-4, RBI) and Abby White (1-4, RBI); Temple: Abigail Schade (2-3, 3B, RBI), Dakota Holly (2-4, 3B, RBI), Shelbi Swenson (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Melina Sancehez (2-3, RBI) and Mackenzie Grier (1-3, 2 RBI). Record: McLennan 31-8 (15-3).