Lady Raiders get hot start

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The Rouse softball team has an offense on another level. 

In the first six games of district play, the Lady Raiders have scored an impressive 86 runs and are the only undefeated team left in District 19-5A. 

“Our team is strong on both sides,” Rouse head coach Lacey Blissit said. “But offensively, it’s a very special group. We have kids that can hit the ball hard form 1-9. It’s been fun to watch these kids play and they just are so impressive to me.”

The Lady Raiders have their fair share of hits but have an extraordinary amount of power in their lineup. In six district games, Boo Boo Vannoy and Chelsea Ham lead the team with three home runs each while Tevanae Tate and Savanah Wells each have two.

Through the entire season, Rouse has combined to hit 23 home runs and has 124 RBI, led by Vannoy with 29 and Tate with 26. 

The elite offensive display was on the mark  last Friday in their 23-4, three-inning romp over Connally. The Lady Raiders scored 13 runs in the first inning and every single starter had at least on RBI.

“We have high expectations,” Blissit said. “We want to stay focused on each opponent as we face them. Our main thing is not pressing too hard and just playing our game. We don’t want to look too far in the future and try and stay steady in how we play.”

While the offense is off to a blazing start, the pitchers have been just as solid. 

Ham is 8-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 28 strikeouts with in 47.2 innings, including a 1.527 ERA in district play. And Lexi Shafer is 5-1 with a 3.08 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 38.2 innings. 

In last week’s win against Georgetown, the pitching helped spark a big comeback. Ham started the game and lasted and allowed seven runs on 12 hits. Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth, the offense came alive for six runs and Shafer came in allowed two hits and one run in the final two innings. 

“I was really glad to see both pitchers do their job,” Blissit said. “Ham was the winning pitcher, but Shafer closed it out and did what she needed to do. It was good to see the fight in both of them.”

The Lady Raiders continue their season with two straight home games. They host Bastrop Tuesday at 7 p.m. to close out the first round of district play before East View takes on the district leaders next Friday night.

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