Battle Between Familiar Foes
The Lady Eagles (10-1) traveled to Pasadena Thursday night to take on former district rival Pasadena First Baptist (10-0). These two powerhouses know each other well, having played several times in the past couple seasons. The last match up was in the 2016 Final Four where BCS won a tight game 10-8 placing them in their second consecutive state championship game.
Pasadena had payback on their minds going into the matchup but will have to wait next time for revenge. The Lady Eagles took it to the Lady Warriors to the tune of a 16-5 fifth inning run rule. Both teams have been dominating the district offensively putting up more than 15 runs per game. The Eagles offense was led by Junior Cat Patterson bringing home 6 RBI's from 3 hits. Junior Claire Wehrly also had 3 hits on the game while Junior Sarah Azlin and Junior Kelsi Beard had 3 and 2 RBI's respectively.
The story of the game however was the two headed pitching attack of Sarah Azlin and Cat Patterson. Patterson pitched 2.2 innings while Azlin pitched 2.1 innings. Both pitchers finished the night with five strikeouts. Azlin finished the game with a WHIP (Walks + Hits / Innings Pitched) of 1.29 while Patterson finished with a 1.50. Good for a combined WHIP of 1.39! That essentially means Pasadena had just over ONE base runner per inning!
The offense and defense are both white hot going in to Monday's showdown in Bellville vs. undefeated Faith Academy (12-0). Bellville leads the district in defense having not allowed a single run so far. The Lady Eagles are confident in their offense and defense going in to the matchup. "They (Pasadena) were stunned" said Patterson. When asked about the matchup against Bellville Monday Patterson had this to say, "We are ready for them. They are going down too".
This years group is led by nine juniors who won a State Championship as Freshmen and finished their Sophomore year as Runner Up. They know how to win, know what it takes, and are as focused as ever.