A young Lady Gladiator team is learning fast, one pitch at a time. — Pitcher Megan Richards(17) leads the Lady Gladiators by throwing one strike after another while little sister Alyssa Richards(4) controls the game from behind the plate.
Kicked back — Nancy Byers kept the books during the Grandview Tournament as she did here during the Italy vs. Mart matchup.
Morgan reaches first — Morgan Cockerham beats Meridian’s throw to first base.
Practice, practice! — Anna Viers warms up her throwing arm with Lady Gladiators’ first baseman Paige Westbrook.
Safe after slide — Alyssa Richards slides feet first into second base for a double.
How it’s done! — Anna Viers powers a shot over Meridians infield.
Uh, oh! — The Richards’ sisters look on as Anna Viers(3) tries to turn a triple into a homer. Caught in a run down, Viers eventually gets tagged out before reaching third base. No worries, however, as head coach Jennifer Reeves and the team had a good laugh afterwards.
She’s still throwing… — Relentlessly, Megan Richards pitched the whole tournament for the Lady Gladiators. In fact, Richards has finished every game from the mound this season.
Be safe out there — Italy’s Megan Richards(17) slides head first into second base to beat the throw by Meridian.
On the mark — Italy’s Paige Westbrook(10) connects with the ball for a base hit.
Welcome to Grandview! — These friendly smiles operating the concession stand belong to Darla Dudley who owns ReMax®, John Taggart who owns Burgundy Beef and Jackie Wheeler who owns Texas Sports Builders and is the Vice President of the Grandview Booster Club that promotes a safe and drug-free playing field.
Bunting season — Trying to bunt her way to first base is Italy’s Morgan Cockerham.
Meridian scores — The Lady Yellowjackets of Meridian get an RBI but the Lady Gladiators get the win, 7-3.
Blasting away — Sensational slugger, Alyssa Richards, continues to pressure defenses.
There it goes… — Anna Viers(3) sends a shot deep into enemy territory.
The switch-a-roo — Oh, she’s versatile! Anna Viers(3) threatens to bunt against Meridian.
A little encouragement — Lady Gladiators’ assistant coach Tina Richards stops play at third base to talk strategy with Anna Viers(3), Paige Westbrook(10) and Megan RIchards(17).
Like we showed her — Lady Gladiator catcher, Alyssa Richards, shows the gun from behind the plate as her grandfather, Greg Richards, and father, Allen Richards, look on.
Still throwing… — Lady Gladiators junior pitcher, Megan Richards, never left the mound during the 7 games in 6 days stretch.
Bunt and run — Katie Byers tries to beat the throw to first base.
Rossa joins the fun — Kaitlyn Rossa(2) taps one back to the Meridian defense.
Team work — Lady Gladiator second baseman, Bailey Bumpus, calmly throws to first baseman, Paige Westbrook, for an out as Anna Viers covers second base from her shortstop position.
Show respect — Meridian is respecting the speed of Megan Richards and tries to keep her close to first base.
Happy ladies — Kaitlyn Rossa, Breyanna Beets, Bailey Bumpus and Katie Byers are unable to contain their winning smiles after beating Meridian.