Here is a consolidated look at all of the Big Country softball area playoff action:
Wylie vs. El Paso Parkland and Abilene High vs. El Paso Hanks: Click here for Friday’s recap and here for Saturday’s recap.
Brownwood vs. Krum: The Lady Lions saw their season come to an end as they were swept by Krum (10-0 on Friday, 10-1 on Saturday) in the area round of the postseason. Adriana Romero and Mackenzie Welch managed Brownwood’s only hits in the opening game of the series, while Krum had 17 hits in the game and took advantage of eight Lady Lion errors. Brownwood’s lone run of the series came in the fifth inning of Game 2, when Tynlea Wilson grounded out allowing Kyleigh Caperton to score.
Sweetwater vs. Decatur: Decatur scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off Jenika Fuentes and took an easy 13-0 win in Thursday’s series opener. Fuentes had Sweetwater’s lone hit in the game, a two-out single in the fourth inning. The Lady Mustangs, who had their 11-game winning streak ended in the series opener, gave up three runs in the first inning of Game 2 before settling down and shutting out the Lady Eagles the rest of the way on Friday. It wasn’t enough, however, as Fuentes’ fourth inning solo home run was all Sweetwater could muster in the 3-1 season-ending loss.
Early vs. Llano: What was supposed to be a best-of-three series was shortened to just a single game due to Mother Nature and the Lady Jackets took full advantage by jumping out to a 3-0 first inning lead en route to an 11-0 win on Saturday that was shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. Stoney Laughlin (hit by a pitch), Avery Horton (walk) and Marissa Reedy (single) were the only baserunners that the Lady Horns managed in the game.
Merkel vs. Iowa Park: Cat Bennington’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning rallied the Lady Badgers to a 3-2 win in Thursday’s series opener against No. 3 Iowa Park. Josie Whitehead scattered nine hits and shut down the Lady Hawks offense while adding an RBI double in the first inning to open the scoring. Despite getting outhit 9-6 in Game 2, Merkel finished off the sweep with a 6-3 win on Saturday in a game that it never trailed in. Merkel had five singles and a home run in the win while taking advantage of four errors by the Lady Hawks.
Coahoma vs. Holliday: Read Evan Ren’s game story here.
Colorado City vs. Sunray: It took three games between Friday and Saturday, but the Lady Wolves escaped the area round by sandwiching 8-2 and 10-3 wins over Sunray around a 6-3 loss in Game 2. C-City jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Friday’s series opener on the strength of three doubles in the first two innings and the Lady Wolves rolled to a victory from there. Sunray used a five-run third inning to break a 1-1 tie in Game 2 before Colorado City scored five runs in the first three innings of the deciding game and icing it with a five-run fifth. Addison Scott and AJ Goodney each hit home runs in the deciding game.
Cisco vs. McCamey: After an extra innings loss to Haskell to open the postseason, the Lady Loboes have reeled off four straight wins to claim two consecutive series with a 10-5 and 17-4 sweep of McCamey on Friday sending them to the regional semifinals. Cisco scored four runs in the fourth inning of Game 1 on a pair of errors by the Lady Badgers to take a 6-4 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. In Game 2, Cisco scored seven runs in the first inning to cruise to the five-inning win. Hannah Rogers threw a total of 12 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out 21 and issuing no free passes in the series.
Stamford vs. Miles: After a first-round bye, the Lady Bulldogs didn’t spend much time on the field Friday in sweeping Miles 22-2 and 15-0 in their first game action in two weeks. The long layoff didn’t impact Stamford’s bats as they put together innings of six and 12 runs in the opener despite having just four extra-base hits. In the second game, the Lady Bulldogs pounded out 22 hits with four doubles, four triples and a Jameson Bell home run.
Forsan vs. Clarendon: The Lady Buffs had to work hard, but they earned a Region I-2A quarterfinal berth against District 3-2A runner-up Ralls after sweeping the Lady Broncos 16-11 and 10-4 over the weekend. In Game 1, Clarendon and Forsan traded haymakers back and forth with a 6-2 third inning lead for the Lady Buffs getting trimmed to 10-8 after the fifth inning. Forsan answered with five runs in the top of the sixth to seize control. K’Dynce Speck (2), Scout Stockton and K’Leigh Williams all homered in the win, with Williams falling a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Game 2 saw Williams and Ary’anna Mealing go yard as six different Lady Buffs registered multi-hit games while Maddie Roach fired a complete game two-hitter.
Bangs vs. Hamlin: Read Evan Ren’s story on the series here.
Hawley vs. Reagan County: Hawley’s offense continued a torrid stretch at the plate with a pair of 18-6 wins over the Lady Owls on Friday to sweep their area round matchup. The 18 runs in each game helped the Lady Cats improve to 14-0 on the year when scoring at least 10 runs. Shaylynn Bailey dominated in the circle with seven strikeouts in the two games while not allowing any earned runs. She also had a home run in Game 2, while Lily Bailey had one in the opener. Hawley scored in every inning but two during the series.
De Leon vs. Windthorst: After sitting the Trojanettes down in order in the first inning, things went south quickly for the Ladycats in Thursday’s series opener. Windthorst had 15 consecutive hits to start the second inning, scoring 18 runs in the frame, and cruised to a 23-1 win. Friday’s Game 2 saw the Ladycats take a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Kenlee’ Smith, but the lead was short-lived as Windthorst tied the game in the bottom of the frame and then scored six runs in each of the second and third innings to take control on its way to a 16-1 victory.
Electra vs. Westbrook: The Lady Cats saw their season come to an end on Thursday night with a 12-5 loss to Electra. Electra jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in eliminating Westbrook. Savanah Chavez scored two runs in the loss, while Brylee Martin had two hits and drove in two runs. The Lady Cats struggled against Electra pitcher Remi Buchanan, who despite having walking seven also struck out 18 batters.
Hermleigh vs. Van Horn: Summer Smith had a game for the ages, going 4 for 5 with a home run, two triples and a double to power the Lady Cardinals to a 28-3 win on Thursday night. Smith was also dominant in the circle with a dozen strikeouts and just two hits allowed. Syreah Callaway drew two walks, scored five runs and added four stolen bases in the opener. Friday’s Game 2 was much of the same as Hermleigh scored 13 runs in the top of the first inning on its way to a 17-1 win. The Lady Cardinals had just six hits in the game, but the Lady Eagles helped out by issuing 11 walks and committing three errors.
Eula vs. Marfa: Laken Bristow had a complete-game shutout in which she scattered six hits as the Lady Pirates rolled to an 10-0 win on Saturday in a one-game playoff. After taking a 2-0 lead in the first, Eula saw Emma Damron and Layla Bristow hit RBI singles and scored on a pair of passed balls to push its lead to 6-0. The Lady Pirates then added four more runs in the fourth inning to clinch the win.