The youth movement has officially begun for the Lady Friar softball program, and it got started Tuesday with a 5-1 win at home against Liberty Christian.
Coach Amy Wheeler's team – void of even a single senior and full of freshmen and sophomores – played like an experienced squad at Ferguson Park, opening the 2019 campaign with a win.
Freshman pitcher Tabitha Jackson (1-0) put together an impressive debut with a complete game on 100 total pitches, allowing just one run, four hits, and no walks while striking out 11 batters.
Fellow freshman Natalia Escalante went 3-for-3 at the plate, including an inside-the-park home run. Gabi Quintanilla went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Lillia Farlow doubled and drove in two runs. The Lady Friars totaled seven hits and committed just two errors in the field.
Liberty Christian scored its only run in the top of the first, but that lead was quickly erased on Farlow's two-out, first-inning double that scored Quintanilla. Bishop Lynch took the lead for good in the second when Escalante hit a ball deep into left and circled the bases to make it 2-1.
In the third, the Lady Friars added three more on a ground ball-wild pitch-fielder's choice sequence.
Bishop Lynch is at home again Thursday to take on HSAA. First pitch from Ferguson Park is scheduled for 4:30 pm.