Softball wins first playoff series

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The Sealy Lady Tigers’ varsity softball team went into their first playoff series of the season with a four-game winning streak including an 11-8 victory in their playoff seed game against Needville. During that streak, the Lady Tigers scored nine runs or more and held their opponents to three runs or fewer three out of four of the games.

They capped off the regular season with 17-11 overall record and a 4-2 district record. They finished first in the district after beating Needville April 20. The win set up their first playoff series against Brazosport for the title of bi-district champions last weekend.

Sealy won the first game of the series 9-2 largely thanks to junior Kendall Dornak’s performance on the mound. Dornak pitched a complete game, striking out four and only allowing one earned run in the sixth inning. From the plate, Makaylah Scott, Dornak and Megan Kalinec led the way for Sealy with two RBI each. The Lady Tigers had a constant offensive presence in the game as they scored two runs in the first, three in the second and three more in the fifth inning.

They failed to repeat that feat in the second game of the series as Brazosport quickly jumped out to a 9-0 lead by the end of the third inning. The Lady Tigers put together a comeback attempt in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs off a grand slam by sophomore Megan Hennessey but could not continue to produce and lost the game 13-4.

For the decisive game three, Dornak once again took to the mound for Sealy. She allowed Brazosport to score a run in the first and second inning but the Lady Tigers again found their offensive stride after that.

Sealy scored eight runs in the second inning and seven in the third to climb to a 15-4 lead by the end of the third. Brazosport couldn’t respond with any offense of their own and the game was over after the top of the fifth.

Madison Luther, Lynnsey Klecka and Raygan Snyder all finished the game with three RBI, tied for most on the team. With the 2-1 series win, the Lady Tigers were crowned bi-district champions and advanced into the next round of the playoffs.

Their next series is against Canyon Lake High School who finished the season with a 17-12-1 season record and going 8-1 in the district. They swept Navarro in two narrow wins in their first playoff series last week.

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