Mineola rallies late to beat Lady Panthers

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 In a match up that saw the two top teams in the district face off it was a 1-1 tie heading in to the final two innings Friday afternoon as the Mineola Lady Jackets scored four unanswered runs to win 5-1 over the Alba-Golden Lady Panthers taking a strong-hold position on first place.

 Fans for both teams were in full force at Alba-Golden’s softball field to cheer on their squads in what has historically been one of the best rivalries in Wood County for softball.

 However this battle was won on the mound by Mineola’s Anna Westberry who pitched a complete game going seven innings striking out seven batters, giving up seven hits and no walks while throwing 25 first-pitch strikes.

 The Mineola offense was led by Alyssa Lankford, Kiley Banks, and Kaitlyn Burell as the trio each had two hit a piece. Banks also had an RBI, while Isabella Tresca and Westberry also added an RBI respectively.

 The Mineola offense which was somewhat sluggish to begin the game kicked in to high gear in the final two innings as the Lady Jackets took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning before scoring three insurance runs in the seventh to seal their victory.

For Alba-Golden Bralee Littlejohn pitched five innings while throwing 19 first-pitch strikes. The A-G offense collectively earned seven hits throughout the game but could only muster one run scored in the fifth inning. 

The Lady Jackets will be on a bye this Friday and will return to action Tuesday at home against Edgewood. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

 The Lady Panthers next game will be Thursday on the road against Grand Saline. First Pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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