East softball hammers Beeville behind Elkins' showing
March 22, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 21, 2012 at 10:22 p.m.
The box scores might indicate Lexie Elkins padded her stats Wednesday night. A deeper look would show the Victoria East catcher padded her confidence in the Titans 16-1 victory over Beeville.
Elkins scalded the ball in each of her official at bats. Her three singles produced six RBI to help the Titans (11-9) record their first district win of the 2012 season.
"It wasn't big, it was huge," said East coach Jody Morgan. "It was a momentum shift and a confidence boost. It was a boost to see what we can be, so that we know we have to play to that level (in the future)."
Marina Rios was 4-4 with four runs scored. Jennie Johnson also scored a pair of runs, while centerfielder Briana Arguello went 2-3 with a triple and two RBIs.
Rios, Johnson and Elkins combined to score eight of the Titans 16 runs.
During each Elkins at bat the junior would kick away the dirt with her right foot then tap the plate with her bat.
Wednesday, there was a wrinkle to that routine. In her first two at-bats Johnson stood at second relaying the location and variety of the pitch Theresa Amador was going to throw to Elkins.
"If it's outside I have to go with the pitch, if it's inside I know I have to turn on it," Elkins said of Johnson's assistance. "It helps me know where the pitches are at. It helped in that she told me whenever the changeups were (coming. She told me whenever they were inside or outside and that helped me place the ball where I wanted to place it."
Did she ever. All three hits burst through the Trojans defense, to the outfield. The final single in the bottom of the fourth ended a contest where eight of the nine East batter scored.
"We know what we need to do," Elkins said. "We were tying to do too much. We were not focused at what was at hand. In this game we settled and took everything pitch by pitch."
Elkins has always been one who enjoys softball. Her dad Jason introduced her to the game and taught her the fundamentals. With a smile, Elkins said her mom Tammy was there for the rides home.
That support probably helped her through her darkest period in the sport.
Elkins spent six months away from softball after tearing the ACL in her right knee. Though it was tough not playing with her club team the Houston Power, she has an additional appreciation for the sport and is making up for missed time.
Elkins said basketball coaches Yulonda Wimbush-North and Mike Smith gave the team a pep talk prior to Wednesday's game, one that focused more on the mental approach to softball and controlling the things they could.
"It's very contagious," Elkins said, of the Titans hitting. "Coming off that (loss to Calhoun) and hitting like that is awesome. Like the pep talk it helped us. They told us to believe in each other and it did."