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SOFTBALL/BASEBALL PLAYOFF RECAP (5/8): Whitesboro wins one gamer; Rockwall/Sanger victorious in extras; Celina edges Kennedale

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Whitesboro 17, Gunter 0

The Bearcats’ season continued on Wednesday after eliminating the Tigers in a one-game Class 3A Region 2 quarterfinal at Whitesboro HS. They advance to the regional semifinals to take on the Queen City-Mineola winner.

Whitesboro scored in every inning with 14 in the final three to finish off Gunter via run-rule. The Cats scored four in the third, five in the fourth and five in the fifth. Gunter was the home team despite the game being at Whitesboro.

Star pitcher Avery Howerton threw a one-hit shutout and issued one walked while striking out nine batters. From the plate, she hit a RBI single to give her team a 1-0 lead in the opening inning.

Bradi Gallaway added to her home run total and drove in three. Reagan Downs hit an RBI triple while Addi McBride had five RBIs and Keely Hartless added four runs batted in.


Rockwall 6, Wylie 4 (11)

After nearly seven hours since first pitch, the Rockwall Yellowjackets edged out the Wylie Pirates in 11 innings during Game 1 of their Class 6A Region 2 quarterfinal series on Wednesday from Wylie.

Rockwall managed to erase an early 3-0 deficit and even led 4-3 before Wylie tied at 4-4 in the fourth when a long lightning delay was called. The game was moved up to 5 pm to try and beat the weather. Play didn’t resume until around 10:30 pm.

Macey Alewine paced the Pirates’ offense with a 3-run home run, but Rockwall scored four unanswered with a 2-run homer by Rachel Lawyer and 2-run double by Taylor Minor in the fourth. Wylie was able to even it in the bottom half of the inning when the delay went into effect.

At around 11:30 pm in the 11th, Kansas bound Ava Wallace drove in a run and scored on a 2-run inside the park home run, and Rockwall finished off Wylie for the 1-0 series lead.


Sanger 2, Krum 1 (8)

In a meeting between two state ranked teams, the Sanger Indians edged out the Krum Bobcats in eight innings during Game 1 of their Class 4A Region 1 quarterfinal series on Wednesday from Denton HS.

Featuring two of the best area pitchers this season, both took a scoreless game into extra innings. Both teams came in with 30+ wins on the year.

With a 0-0 tie into the eighth, Krum was the first to score in the top half of the inning. Jianna Flores hit a soft fly just in front of home plate that Sanger couldn’t field and starting pitcher Addison Martindale scored from third to give Krum a 1-0 lead.

But Sanger starting pitcher Leala Kloewer helped her own cause as well as her team with the walk-off win in the bottom of the eighth. Sanger loaded the bases with nobody out using the small ball and Kloewer hit the game-winning two-run single to right field that gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the series.

Krum came in #4 in the 4A state rankings. Sanger was #8.


Grandview 11, Lexington 0

After a scoreless two innings, the Zebras scored three in the third, three in the fourth and five runs in the fifth win via run-rule and take Game 1 over Lexington in their Class 3A Region 3 quarterfinal series on Wednesday from Riesel HS.

Grandview looks to complete the sweep on Thursday and advance to the regional semifinals. The Zebras reached the UIL 3A state tournament last season.

Madi Doty, who brought home two gold medals while playing for a USA national team last year, had a monster game with a one-hit shutout from the circle and two home runs from the plate.

Doty finished with two long balls and five runs batted in. From the circle, she allowed one hit, no walks and struck out eight batters out of the 16 she faced. Jaley James (North Texas) also homered for Grandview and Sydney Mann drove in three.


Southlake Carroll 6, Keller Timber Creek 2

Sammy Petkus and Scarlett Kuhn both hit home runs to help push SLC past Creek in Game 1 of their Class 6A Region 1 quarterfinal series on Wednesday at Byron Nelson. Carroll can sweep the series on Thursday and set up a date with Guyer in next week’s regional semifinals. Guyer beat FM Marcus in one game, 7-2.

Sinclaire Robinson went the distance for Carroll – allowing one earned run on four hits and struck out three. Creek took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before Carroll scored five unanswered. The Falcons scored one in the bottom of the sixth and the Dragons got one in the top of the seventh.

Olivia McCarrick was 3 for 4 with a double and triple for SLC.



Celina 2, Kennedale 1

The Bobcats edged out the Wildcats in Game 1 of their Class 4A Region 2 area round series on Wednesday at Celina HS. The Bobcats look to close out the series on Thursday at Kennedale HS.

Brady Broeckel and Evan Rice combined to allow one run on seven hits and seven strikeouts. The former pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed six hits with four strikeouts.

Celina took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Kingston Hangartner that scored Conner Rabe. Ethan Delgado singled in a run to give Celina a 2-0 lead in the second.

The Wildcats cut the lead to 2-1 in the third on an RBI triple by Hayden Swenson. Kennedale went down in order during the fourth and left two on base in the fifth. The Wildcats got a lead off triple in the sixth, but the Celina pitchers got two strikeouts and a fly out to first base to end the threat.

Josh Saenz hit a lead off double in the seventh to put the go-ahead run at the plate. Rice got back-to-back strikeouts, followed by an intentional walk and a liner to center that ended the game.


Tolar 3, Riesel 1

Tolar 6, Riesel 5

Noah Yanish tripled and drove in three runs as the Rattlers won 6-5 in Game 2 to complete the sweep in Class 2A Region 2 quarterfinal on Wednesday. Rowdy Tryon and Drake Owens combined for two runs on two hits and eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Tolar opened the series with a 3-1 win.

Merit Imel drove in two and Talan Brown allowed one unearned run on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.


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