Softball advances to regionals

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The sweeping sensation at Sealy didn’t just hit the baseball team but the varsity softball team also swept their playoff series last weekend as well. After beating Brazosport in game three of the opening round, the Sealy Lady Tigers went on to play Canyon Lake in the area round.

Both teams traveled to Smithville and played their first game of the series last Thursday. It was a quick start to the series for both teams as the Lady Hawks opened the top of the first inning with four runs. An error on a ground ball allowed Canyon Lake’s first batter to reach third and two batters later, she was driven home off a single. Their next run came when she stole home from third after Sealy caught a Canyon Lake player trying to steal second. The Lady Hawks added two more runs on a fielder’s choice and an error.

The Lady Tigers answered back quickly in the next half-inning as Makaylah Scott hit a triple for the team’s first at-bat and was driven home Felicia Aguirre with the next at-bat. After Dornak reached first on an error, Aguirre took advantage of that same error to walk in Sealy’s second run of the game. A sac fly by Madison Luther and another Canyon Lake error brought in Sealy’s final two runs of the inning.

The Lady Hawks were held silent for most of the game behind Dornak’s arm. The Lady Hawks scored just one more run in the game off an error in the top of the fourth inning. Dornak pitched a complete game with a pitch count of 115. She allowed four hits and had one earned run but also struck out four and allowed no walks.

The Lady Tigers offense found its stride in the middle innings scoring two runs in the third driven in by Lynnsey Klecka and Megan Hennessey, one run in the fourth driven in by Danielle Bersche and two again in the fifth thanks to Aguirre and Dornak. The offensive production fueled Sealy to a 9-5 win in the series opener.

After the second game of the series was delayed a day due to weather, the Lady Tigers looked to sweep Canyon Lake on Saturday. Sealy again got off to a hot start in the top of the first with Dornak driving their first run of the game off a double scoring Scott from third.

Dornak once again took to the mound and avoided the rough start as the team’s fielding was much sharper. She pitched 6.1 innings over 117 pitches giving up six hits but no runs and striking out eight. Diari Dabney stepped in to record the final two outs of the game.

The Lady Tigers tacked on two more runs to their lead in the top of the third inning thanks to a triple by Raygan Snyder and a single by Dornak. With the 3-0 win, the Sealy completed their sweep of Canyon Lake and moved on to the regional round.

There they will play Bay City. The Blackcats went 25-6 in the regular season including a 10-0 district record. Bay City also swept their opponent in the previous round, beating Wimberly 4-2 and 9-6.

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