Softball playoffs: Guyer wins Game 3 as Lake Ridge coach retires; nationally ranked Keller advances to face district rival Southlake Carroll
Facing a three-run deficit before it even came to bat Friday, and knowing that a loss would end its season, Denton Guyer didn’t panic.
Instead, it produced its second-highest scoring game of the year and didn’t even have to play a full seven innings to advance in the playoffs.
After giving up three runs in the top of the first, Guyer responded by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the inning and kept scoring from there en route to a 17-7 victory over Mansfield Lake Ridge in Game 3 of a best-of-3 Class 6A area-round series. The game was stopped after six innings because of the mercy rule.
Guyer (26-8) advanced to the Region I quarterfinals and will await the winner of the Northwest Eaton vs. Waxahachie series. Guyer’s 17 runs were one short of the season high it scored in an 18-2 rout of Denton Ryan on Feb. 21.
Guyer pounded out 17 hits, with five players recording a multiple-hit game. Ryan Gallegos was 4 for 4 with three runs and three RBIs, and Morgan Medford and Bailey Anderson were each 3 for 4 and combined for four runs and five RBIs.
Lake Ridge coach Cindy Manley announced after the game that she was retiring after 35 years of coaching. She started the softball program at Lake Ridge in 2012 and also coached at New Braunfels and Marion High Schools and in college at Texas Lutheran.
Kaly Gonzales had a big game for Lake Ridge (21-8-2), going 3 for 4 with a home run and five RBIs.
Keller 10, South Grand Prairie 2: Texas Tech signee Amanda DeSario homered and was 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs as Keller completed a two-game sweep of the 6A area-round series.
Keller (29-3-1), ranked No. 18 in the nation by USA Today, outscored SGP 30-4 in the series while extending its winning streak to 17 games. Alexa Langeliers was 3 for 4 with a run and two RBIs as part of Keller’s 13-hit attack, and Dylann Kaderka pitched a four-hitter to improve to 19-1.
Keller’s opponent in the 6A Region I quarterfinals will be District 5-6A rival Southlake Carroll. Keller won 4-3 in both of their district matchups.
Southlake Carroll 3, Mansfield 2: Allie Nuenke’s sacrifice fly scored Piper Harness with the winning run in the top of the sixth as District 5-6A No. 4 seed Southlake Carroll overcame a rain delay and completed a two-game sweep of 7-6A No. 2 seed Mansfield.
Kelly Shackelford pitched 6 2/3 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs for Carroll (24-13) to earn the win. Harness, Stephen F. Austin signee Gaby Garcia and Katie Gee all went 2 for 3, combining for three runs and two RBIs.
Forney 4, Texarkana Texas High 1: Defending Class 5A state champion Forney survived an elimination game, winning Game 3 to advance to the Region II quarterfinals. Forney (31-3), ranked No. 17 in the nation by USA Today, will play the winner of the Joshua vs. Mount Pleasant series.
Savanna DesRochers pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 for Forney, and Caleigh Cross was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI.
Waco Midway 3, Plano West 2: Midway scored three runs in the bottom of the first and survived a seventh-inning Plano West rally to win Game 3 and advance to the 6A Region II quarterfinals.
Plano West, ranked No. 5 in the state, was being shut out until scoring two runs in the top of the seventh. The game ended when Plano West had a runner thrown out at home trying to score on a grounder to third.
Stanford signee Tatum Boyd pitched a
two-hitter and struck out seven for Plano West (24-5). Plano West had
won 16 in a row before losing 3-2 in Game 2 on Thursday.
Rockwall 5, Plano 3: Rockwall broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and tied the best-of-3 series at one win apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Rockwall-Heath.
Plano (16-14), a 6A state semifinalist last season, scored a run in the top of the seventh and had runners at second and third with one out. But Rockwall pitcher Lexi Coward ended the game with the last two of her eight strikeouts.
Arkansas soccer signee Reagan Swindall was 2
for 3 with two runs and an RBI for Rockwall (25-12). Carter Smith and
Swindall scored on the same wild pitch to give Rockwall a 4-2 lead in
the fourth, and Ashley Minor added a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
Northwest Eaton 9, Waxahachie 1: Abilene Christian signee Madelyn Wright struck out 12 and allowed only four hits to lead Eaton (28-2) to the Game 1 victory.
Kenzlee Zaher homered, scored three runs and drove in two in Eaton’s 13-hit outburst. Ashlyn Walker added three hits and two RBIs.
Little Elm 6, Mansfield Legacy 4:
Georgia Heathcock hit a first-inning grand slam, and Izzi Fielder
homered and was 3 for 3 with three runs as Little Elm wrapped up a
two-game sweep of District 5-5A champion Legacy.
Wichita State pledge Lauren Lucas scattered eight hits and two walks while striking out seven, and she went 2 for 2 for Little Elm (27-6). Little Elm will face Azle in the 5A Region I quarterfinals.
The Colony 6, Granbury 2: Texas Tech pledge Jacee Hamlin went 4 for 4 — and finished 6 for 6 in the series — as The Colony swept Granbury and advanced to the 5A Region I quarterfinals. The Colony (33-2), ranked No. 6 in the state, has won 21 consecutive games and will next face Fort Worth Boswell.
State signee Karlie Charles struck out 14 for the second straight game
and finished with a five-hitter. Hamlin scored three runs, Oklahoma
pledge Jayda Coleman homered Michelle Tillapaugh had three RBIs.
McKinney North 10, Highland Park 0: Raegan Kleppe pitched a three-hit shutout and went 2 for 4 as McKinney North won 10-0 for the second straight game to sweep the series.
Natalie Morton scored two runs and drove in two, and Hannah Cain was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and one run. McKinney North (21-8), the District 10-5A champion, will play 9-5A champion Frisco Independence in the 5A Region II quarterfinals.