By Ryan Mayner
Seven runs in the first two innings guided the Lake Travis Cavaliers to an 11-0 victory over the Hays Lady Rebels in six innings Tuesday at Lady Rebel Softball Field.
Lake Travis had 13 hits and one error, while Hays had six hits and three errors. Hays shortstop Alyssa Martinez was a highlight for the Rebels. Martinez went three-for-three at the plate and made several excellent defensive plays, including a put-out at home.
However, despite reaching third base twice, Martinez was not able to score. Hays left six base runners stranded.
Hays senior Kara Davis lasted only 1.1 inning in the circle. She struck out two batters but conceded three walks, four hits and five earned runs.
Lady Rebel Nadia Netek pitched well in relief, going 4.2 innings. She had two walks, seven hits and four earned runs.
Lake Travis pitcher Zoe Bacon pitched a five hit, complete game shutout. Bacon finished with two strikeouts and no walks.
Tuesday’s game began sooner than expected, as weather forced the start time to be moved up by 90 minutes.
Lake Travis held a 1-0 lead before Alyssa Dickens delivered an opposite field two-run home run. Her blast gave Lake Travis a 3-0 advantage after an inning of play.
Dickens, who went 3 for 4, finished with a home run, a triple and five RBIs for the Lady Cavaliers. She leads the district in home runs and runs batted in.
Lake Travis padded its lead in the second inning, putting up four runs in the frame.
“You know, they came out hitting the ball and we didn’t do that,” Lady Rebel head coach Lisa Cone said. “We had to answer back at some point, and did not.”
The Cavaliers put the game away in the sixth inning, scoring four runs.
Hays is 2-2 overall, 0-1 in District 14-6A. Lake Travis improves to 5-3, 1-0 on the young season. The Lady Rebels travel to play Del Valle on February 27 before hosting rival Lehman on March 3.