Leander softball coach Kendall Driver has come to expect only the best from senior Lindsay Devlin. Tuesday night, she delivered.
On senior night, Devlin pitched 6.1 innings and the Lady Lions downed Westlake 8-5 to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Freshman Baylea Brandon finished with three RBIs and scored a pair of runs.
“She does a good job of hitting her spots and keeping people off balance,” Driver said. “She doesn’t overwhelm people with power but she’s got a good curveball so we kind of live and die by that.”
Devlin allowed five runs on 11 hits in the win.
Leander moves to 6-5 in district play and clinched the fourth spot in District 25-6A. The Lady Lions head to Lehman to cap off the regular season Friday at 7 p.m.
Kylie Noska, Megan Hampton, Hayley Henderson and Brandon all scored for Leander in a strong first inning for Leander, but Westlake came right back in the top half of the second with three runs.
Brandon drove in Addy Brown for her second RBI of the game in the second and Henderson scored on the very next batter to extend the Lady Lions’ lead to three runs.
Leander tacked on two more runs in the fourth with a single by Brandon and an RBI single to right field from Brooke Baumgartner two batters later.
Infielder Jordan Lindsey made a nice defensive play in the sixth, scooping up a group ball, tagging the Westlake runner headed for second and throwing first for a double play. The Lady Chaps scored two runs in the seventh, but Addy Potter came in and got the last two outs and clinch the win for Leander.
“I thought the seniors did a great job,” Driver said. “Defensively, we played as solid as we have in several weeks. We get a lot of triples and doubles so instead to get a lot of singles through the holes and move runners, that shows a lot of growth.”
Leander missed out on the playoff last season but made it five years in a row before that, so the postseason will be nothing new to them.
“I expect us to just go and fight and play,” Driver said. “Play our ball and continue to work and do what we’re best at. I think if you do that, you’ll be successful. Our district is tough and normally the teams that come out of here do well.”
TUESDAY BASEBALL SCORES:
Cedar Park 4, Hutto 3
Rouse 5, Elgin 2
Westlake 6, Leander 2
Vista Ridge 4, Lake Travis 3 Hays 12, Vandegrift 2
TUESDAY SOFTBALL SCORES:
Cedar Park 1, Hutto 0
Elgin 15, Rouse 0
Leander 8, Westlake 5
Hays 19, Vandegrift 0
Vista Ridge 6, Lake Travis 4
Glenn 9, Gateway College Prep 3