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Eagles bring consistent offense in season finale for Leggett & Platt

Leggett & Platt march to state won’t soon be forgotten
Leggett & Platt (LP) got off to a much better start in its Tuesday game at the TTAS freshman state tournament in West, but the Lexington Eagles managed to score in nearly every inning on their way to an 11-3 victory.
Lexington out-hit LP 7-1 and committed fewer errors (4-3). The Ennis team played better defense in its second state game and was tied 2-2 through one inning, but stout Eagle pitching made runs very hard to come by.
While the loss ended LP’s season, coach Barry Cox’s team was the most successful squad during the Ennis Girls Softball Association’s first year with TTAS.
“The girls were ready to play tonight; we just couldn’t hit,” said Cox.
“Our defense was pretty solid. Both teams we faced [at state] had great pitching. This tournament is new to our girls and most of the teams have been here before, so this was a learning experience.
“Next year, maybe they’ll be ready if we can get back here. Experience can take you a long way.”
Nikel Perkins (RBI single) tallied her team’s lone hit just three batters into the game.
Matty Hutyra (5 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 7 W, HBP, 1 SO) handled the pitching duties.
Perkins’ RBI single scored Arlandria Harris (walk) for the early lead. Perkins came home on a passed ball to put LP up 2-0. An RBI grounder and an error among other things enabled Lexington to tie the score in the bottom of the inning.
“Nikel gave us a good early hit and came to play like she has all year,” Cox said.
Though the Eagles took a 5-2 lead in their second with a double and a pair of RBI singles, LP pulled a couple of great plays out of the bag.
Kat Honza, playing catcher for the first time in years, was involved in a huge collision at home.
Left fielder Chandler Mach fired a relay throw to Hutyra, who tossed it to Honza ahead of the incoming runner.
While the collision sent the LP catcher to the ground, she held onto the ball for a big out.
Four batters later, shortstop Arlandria Harris ran down a fly ball and doubled off a base runner with a tag to end the threat.
“Our regular catcher Dominique [Carrillo] got sick in our Monday game, so Kat stepped in without any experience back there in this league and did a great job,” Cox said.
“I was impressed for her first time to play the position this year and it was big for her to hold onto the ball, even when she went to the ground.
“She stayed tough out there and came through for us.
“It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are; Arlandria will bring her A-game every time. She’s got a great future in front of her.”
Neither team scored in the third inning as LP first baseman Jada Cox made a couple of plays with the leather.
Though Hutyra reached base on Lexington’s first error to lead off the fourth, the Eagles pulled off a double play to stay in control.
Even as an RBI fielder’s choice and a two-RBI single put the Eagles up 8-2 in the bottom of the inning, Harris continued to make plays.
She delivered an excellent running grab at second base and also tagged out a baserunner in the inning. Honza was involved in another big-time collision at the plate that jarred the ball loose this time around, but she dusted herself off and kept doing her best for LP.
In the LP fifth, Cassandra Casanova led things off as she reached base on an error with a grounder to second.
She soon stole second base and sped all the way home on a throwing error for an 8-3 score.
“Cassandra stepped up with good contact on the ball and really ran the bases well too,” Cox said.
“She did her best to give us a spark.”
Lexington capped off its scoring in the bottom of the fifth with a single, an RBI single and a bunt single. Carrillo, who’d just entered the game at catcher, did manage to contribute in her final LP game by throwing out a baserunner with the help of Harris at second base.
LP got two runners on base in the sixth, but the Eagle defense stayed strong to clinch the victory.
“Dominique wanted to play her last game in this division and was able to throw out a runner, which was great,” Cox said.
“I knew we had a good chance to win from day one [this season]. We finished slow in the regular season, but the girls started fresh in the [city] tournament and then carried some momentum into district. We made it here and this was a learning experience for me and the players.
“The girls did a great job this year. Our team really came together with RP [Electrical] during district and when all of these girls get to high school they’ll have quite a team.”

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