Tigers swipe Lockhart to claim district title

Ten runs scored over a three-inning span carried the state and nationally ranked Dripping Springs Tigers softball team to an 11-1 run-rule road rout of the Lockhart Lions April 12.

With the win, Dripping Springs (30-2, 12-0) officially secures the program’s first district title since the 2017 season as well as the top overall seed out of 25-5A.

Dripping Springs and Lockhart were tied 1-1 after an inning of play before the Tiger offense leapt out for a four-run second frame.

The Tigers added on a pair of runs in the third inning, followed by another four-run barrage in the bottom of the sixth.

Tiger Jayna Reid went 3-for-3 at the plate against Lockhart scoring three runs and notching a trio of RBIs, while Kyndall Womack went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Dripping Springs’ Camille Corona, went 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases. Tiger baserunners stole six total bases in the contest.

As a team, Dripping Springs batters were 12-of-23 at the plate against Lion pitching.

Meanwhile, Dripping Springs pitcher Logan Hulon struck out seven batters and conceded only one earned run on two hits over the course of five innings.

Following the win over Lockhart, Dripping Springs returned home Saturday and edged out 6A foe Belton 4-3 in eight innings, highlighted by a walk-off home run by Mackenzie Pierpoint.

The Tigers’ win over Belton extended the team’s win streak to 20 straight games.

Dripping Springs is currently ranked 3rd in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s 5A state poll. The Tigers are also ranked 11th in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Writer’s Poll, which includes teams from across the country.

Dripping Springs continued district play Tuesday when it hosts McCallum for senior night. The Tigers travel to play at Austin Northeast High (formerly Reagan High) to close the district schedule April 18.

The bidistrict round of the 2019 playoffs begins April 25-26.

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