Callie Murphy had never seen so many empty bases in all of her softball career.
The Lewisville catcher laid down a bunt that died on the dirt, then beat out a Lamar throw to first. The throw skipped away from the first baseman and Murphy raced to an untended second base, then began to head for third.
“I went and then I looked at third and Jerry (Thomas), the third base coach wasn’t telling me to go to third, but I didn’t see anybody there so I just started creeping, but I couldn’t make up my mind,” said Murphy afterward.
“So, I just went.”
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She reached third, and unknowingly launched a six-run fourth inning to spark Lewisville to a 10-3 win over Lamar.
The victory clinched the Lions’ second straight Region 3-A softball championship.
Afterward, there was no Gatorade soaking for the coach or big cheer from the group. Instead, there was a calm gathering in left field and then the team dispersed to waiting parents and friends. The lack of outwardly visible jubilation revealed the different expectations that have overtaken the program the last two years.
“I think we’ve grown up a lot,” said Murphy, a senior catcher. “When we first started playing, we were talking about it the other day, if we won a game we went crazy. So we’ve grown up a lot. It’s completely 180.”
Lewisville led 1-0 after the first, but Lamar pushed three runs across on four hits in the third inning on Lewisville eighth grade pitcher Chloe Thomas. Playing from behind got the Lions’ attention, especially considering they beat Lamar 12-2 in the two teams’ first meeting.
“That’s when we are playing our best it seems like,” said Jerry Thomas, the Lions’ coach. “I told the girls we’ve got to turn it up a little sooner.”
After Murphy’s rambling, but aggressive, base-running to start the fourth, Lewisville turned it up alright. Thomas hit a first pitch single to score Murphy, before Brooke Love knocked in Thomas. Lead-off batter Logan Miller, who was 4-for-4 with two triples, singled in a run and Autumn Jordan followed with a double bashed into the left field corner for two more RBIs. Dee Ealey topped off the inning with whipped cream when she blasted a 3-0 pitch over the left field wall. The region title will stay in Lewisville another year.
Lewisville 10, Lamar 3
WP- Thomas; LP- Dow. Hitting: Lewisville- Logan Miller 4-4, 2 3B’s, 2 RBI; Dee Ealey 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Callie Murphy 2-4, RBI; Autumn Jordan 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI. Lamar- Heylan Anderson 1-3, 2 RBI.
Record: Lewisville 16-1, 7-0