Jacqui Nickell
The Middle School softball team lost 12-11 at McKinney Christian Academy(MCA) on Monday in a game that saw several lead changes. Lakehill jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning as Madeline Jones doubled in Addie Tuttle to take a 1-0 lead.
MCA tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first as the first batter got on base. Pitcher Katie Crum got the next batter to pop it up and the third batter grounded out to Sierra Salazar at second base. The 4th batter knocked in the run and the final out was recorded by Madeline at shortstop. 
Lakehill got their bats going in the top of the second inning scoring 5 runs to take a 6-1 lead on hits by Leonie KahnElisa HadenAllison MajorsClio Byrd and Elise Wilson. Katie and Delilah Dinaburg scored runs after walking and Brityn Shaw got an RBI. 
MCA responded by scoring four runs in the bottom of the second to tighten the score 6-5. The first batter reached base and Katie struck out the second batter. The third popped out to Leonie in right field. The next few MCA batters were able to string some hits together to score 4 runs before Katie forced a hitter to pop out to her ending the inning. 
Lakehill added two runs in the top of the third to stretch the lead to 8-5. Addie walked on base and Maddie hit another double to score her. Harper Kuhn followed up with a single and Katie scored them both with a double later in the inning.
MCA scored one run in the bottom of the third inning to make the score 8-6. They got a double from their cleanup hitter and she was able to score as Katie fielded ground balls from the next 2 batters for outs. Addie threw out the last batter in the inning as she tried to advance to first base on a dropped 3rd strike. 
The Lakehill bats cooled in the top of the fourth inning as they were unable to capitalize on singles by Elisa and Allison.
In the bottom of the 4th MCA went on a big rally getting multiple hits and scoring five runs to take the lead 11-8.
Lakehill answered with a rally of their own scoring three runs in the top of the 5th inning to tie the game 11-11. The scoring got started with singles by Sierra, Addie, Harper and Leonie. MCA played well defensively to force the last 2 outs at home and prevent Lakehill from extending its lead.
With MCA needing only one run to win the game, Katie recorded two outs on a pop up and a ground out back to her. The next two batters were able to reach base and the next batter singled to right field to score a run and secure the 12-11 win. 
Katie had a great game on the mound pitching the entire game. She recorded 6 outs in the field and going 2-2 at the plate with a double, a single, and a walk. Madeline went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI's. Addie went 2-2 with a walk. Harper went 2-3. Elisa went 2-3. Allison went 2-2. Elise had a single and 2 RBI.
"The team did a fantastic job of getting hits, playing defensively, and they showed a lot of resilience," said Head Coach Daniel Bracken. "The girls have really come together as a team."
That ends the Middle School softball schedule for the 2021 season. Congratulations to Coach Jones, Coach Bracken, and the student athletes.
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