Lady Dogs secure fifth straight playoff appearance with wins
The Thorndale Lady Dogs (8-6, 6-2) have secured a postseason berth for the fifth straight season after district wins over Holland and Bartlett this week.
Holland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Lady Dogs rallied in the top of the third, putting across three runs of their own.
Shelby Stolte and Kim Leschber helped Thorndale’s offensive effort. Stolte was three for four and Leschber two for four with a run batted in.
Holland threatened to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. With a Lady Hornet runner on second base, a hit was made up the middle.
Thorndale center fielder Alex Guerra snagged it up, relayed the ball to short stop Stolte, who threw the ball to catcher Robyn Jost that tagged the runner from second base for the out and the Thorndale victory.
Leschber also got the job done on the mound, striking out seven Lady Hornets and giving up five walks.
The Lady Dogs run-ruled Bartlett 16-1 in six innings on the road April 9. Leschber took the win, striking out 11 Lassies and issuing just one walk. She was also three for four at bat with four runs batted in. Shelby Stolte was three for five and scored five runs.
Thorndale head softball coach Lance Betak said he was pleased with the way his team has bounced back.
“I was happy with how the girls responded from the disappointing lose to Thrall (on April 6). We also had an hour and a half wait for umpires at Bartlett on Friday.”
The race for playoff positions is still hot and the Lady Dogs are in the mix. They will host Granger on Friday at 6 p.m. and then finish up district play on Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. in Milano. With just two league losses to Thrall, Thorndale should finish in second place.
It has been a rough go of it for the Milano Lady Eagles as they finally broke a four game losing skid on Tuesday night with a road win over the Bartlett Lassies. The Lady Eagles now stand at 4-13 on the year and 2-6 in District 27A.
Milano will finish up their season with a game on the road in Thrall at 7 p.m. Friday night and then by hosting Thorndale on Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m.
It took the visiting Granger Lady Lions just six innings to dispose of Milano on Friday, ripping them 17-4.
The Lady Lions built a 12-0 lead after three in a half innings before the Lady Eagles put two runs up in the bottom of the fourth.
Each team scored two more runs in their at bats in the fifth, and then Granger added three more in the top of the sixth.
Kirsten Bastow took the loss for Milano, striking out three Granger batters and walking four.
Masey Turnage led the Lady Eagles at the plate, going two for three with a triple, a single and two runs batted in. Allison Dodd, Stonie Guthrie and Hayleigh LaGrone all singled.