Lady Bucks win big in opening game of playoffs
Around this time last year, the Breckenridge Lady Buckaroos were making their first playoff appearance since 2010 and were happy to be in the Class 3A playoffs.
This year, the Lady Bucks are looking to do something special and if Thursday night’s 13-2 Bi-District win over the Comanche Maidens was a sign of things to come, Breckenridge softball fans will have plenty to cheer about in the coming weeks.
Thursday’s win was the first of a best of three game series against Comanche with game two being played at 6 p.m. Saturday at Abilene Christian University.
For the Lady Bucks, the motto was simple once again.. score and score often.
“That is something I tell the girls a lot is early and often,” head coach Gary Mayfield said. “If you get out on them (an opponent), sometimes it’s like a shock. They don’t know what to do. We keep a lot of runners moving around the bases.”
“We could play 0-0 for three innings and that’s not any fun,” Mayfield said. “When you get out on them 5-0, 7-0 or whatever it may be, it feels good.”
Breckenridge dominated from the start of the game with nine runs on eight hits in the first inning.
“I think the way that we started was a big key for us tonight,” Mayfield said. “We scored nine runs in the first inning and didn’t let up and that’s the big thing for us. We keep playing and playing. We don’t let up.”
Nearly the entire starting line-up for the Lady Bucks scored in the first inning including two runs each by Heather Reatherford and Alyssa Reyes.
After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Bucks increased their lead to 13-0 with four more runs.
Morgan Hash hit a single and Kaylee Roberts hit a RBI triple.
Reatherford and Reyes each reached on back-to-back singles and Dianna Patterson hit a sacrifice fly to drive them home.
Comanche scored its two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run double to center field with two outs.
The Lady Buckaroo defense held Comanche to two runs on seven hits in the game, while scored 13 runs on 14 hits.
Mayfield said he was proud of the way his team’s defense played Thursday.“Our defense stepped up and played a heck of a game again tonight,” Mayfield said. “Every journey that we take is one step at a time and we just took the first step tonight. We have another step Saturday and another and another. All we can do is take it one step at a time and get the win. That’s the journey we want to take.”