By Steve Habel
With the Lake Travis softball team playing its third game in four days, it’s understandable that the Lady Cavaliers hitting would be in the groove and provide the firepower needed when their pitching and defense was a little worse for the wear.
So it was no surprise that Lake Travis pounded out 19 hits – including four each from Makela Williamson and Alyssa Dickens – while roaring to a 15-7 win against Anderson on Tuesday afternoon at the Ellie Noack complex in northeast Austin.
The game was originally scheduled for a 5 p.m. start but was changed to an 11:30 a.m. first pitch at Anderson’s request. Somewhere along the line, that time adjustment fell through the cracks at the Austin school district athletics office, and no one showed up to take tickets, announce the action or to keep the crowd abreast of the score.
The way the Lady Cavaliers pounded the softball, that snafu might have saved the district some maintenance work on the scoreboard.
“I liked the way we attacked the ball and kept after Anderson when they tried to make a comeback,” Lake Travis coach Christie Knox said. “It’s been a busy four days, and maybe the fact that we’ve played so much gave us an advantage in the way we approached things at the plate.”
Lake Travis’ middle of the order – batters in the 3-6 spots – accounted for 14 of the team’s hits, 13 of its runs and nine of the Lady Cavaliers’ RBI.
Hanna Contreras was a single short of the cycle (she had a double, triple and a long home run into the wind over the fence in centerfield), scored three times and knocked in two, and Zoe Bacon had a homer among three hits while scoring four runs and driving in two. Williamson (two RBI) and Dickens (three RBIs) both scored three times.
“I really felt like I was in the groove out there today,” Dickens said. “The Anderson pitchers challenged us all day, but we did what we could with the chances they gave us. It was a good win, and when we play like this we can beat anyone on our schedule.”
The Lady Cavaliers (11-6 overall and 3-1 in District 15-5A) finished off a long weekend of games with a crucial win. On Saturday, Lake Travis lost to Bowie 5-0 and then posted a run-rule win over Akins Monday afternoon.
Lake Travis’s prowess at the plate allowed Bacon (11-6), who recently committed to play at UTSA after graduation, to earn the victory in the circle despite the fact she gave up seven runs (four of them earned) and 11 hits to a pesky Anderson team.
“I was not happy with the way I pitched, but we hit the ball so well that it really didn’t matter that I didn’t have my best stuff,” said Bacon, who struck out 11 and walked just one. “We are pretty pleased that we won two out of three games this weekend; now we can have some down time for spring break and come back knowing that we can to more and that we can play better.”
Anderson (which fell to 0-3 in district play) got two hits apiece from Annie Skalaban, Mariah Montoya, Alisa Rodriguez and Jocelyn Phillips. Skalaban also knocked in three runs while Phillips scored twice and pounded a home run.
Lake Travis will have a week off before resuming play 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against Del Valle.