Ashleigh Gillard stroked a single into the ally in left field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Bullard a dramatic, 3-2, win over Henderson on Friday at Lady Panther Park. Gillard's walk off blast scored Hana Woyt, who reached base earlier in the frame on a base hit to right. Woyt moved over to second on a wild pitch to set the table for Gillard, Bullard's lead off hitter.
The win was the Lady Panthers' 12th in-a-row as Bullard moved to 13-3 overall, 5-0 in District 16-3A.
The loss dropped the Lady Lions (4-1 16-3A) into second place.
Kristi “Coco” Springer went the distance in the circle to pick up the win for the Lady Panthers.
Springer, a Texas Woman's University signee, fanned 16 Lady Lions and did not walk anyone.
Henderson could muster just five hits off the Bullard ace, with the Lady Lions' big blast coming in the top of the fifth when Brianna Robinson hit a massive home run over the wall in left center that gave the Lady Lions their first run of the game after Bullard had jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the second and third innings.
Henderson went on to tie the game later in the fifth and that's where things stood until Gillard provided some late-game heroics.
Bullard head coach Pam Chestnut said it was the intangibles that gave her team the key victory.
“It was out attitude and our ability to stay positive that was the difference,” Chestnut said. “We believed we could win and our girls picked each other up and supported each other all night and that made the difference. This was a big win for us.”
Gillard led Bullard at the dish by going 2 for 5.
Springer, Sarah Ritch, Baylee Taylor and Zoe Hancock also collected singles for the winners.
Tori Lee had a pair of safeties for the Lady Lions.
Robinson came on in relief in the eight frame and suffered the loss for Henderson.