Comanches cut Lady Dogs’ playoff appearance short
GIDDINGS—It was one and done for the Thorndale Lady Dogs as they were ousted from the Class A state playoffs by Shiner Friday night in a close 3-2 bi-district decision.
The 24th -ranked Lady Comanches move on to face District 25A champion Mart in the area round.
The Lady Dogs were third place finishers in District 27A and this marked the team’s fifth consecutive trip to the postseason. They finish the year at 10-8.
“I am proud of how our girls compete and were focused throughout the game, which has been a problem for us this year at times,” Lady Dogs head coach Lance Betak said
“We are only graduating two seniors, which were both important to our success this year, but that means we have a lot of players coming back next year.”
Thorndale will lose two starters in Brealyn Hernandez (a four year starter) and Becky Garcia, but should remain competitive with a young team with lots of experience.
Thorndale put a run on the scoreboard first against its old playoff nemesis.
In the top of the first and with two outs, junior Mirah Knapek hit a single, stole second and then scored on a Shelby Stolte single to center field. But Shiner answered back one better.
The Lady Comanches managed to put two base runners on through hitting and being hit by a pitch. A double by another Shiner batter would score those two runs.
Shiner would add another run in the bottom of the fourth when two singles and an error would allow the deciding Lady Comanche run and make it a 3-1 ball game.
It would have been two runs scored, but a great defensive play by senior Lady Dog catcher Hernandez at the plate when she tagged the first batter out at home on a relay throw from the outfield.
Thorndale battled back in top of the fifth when Hernandez would lead off with a single and junior Margie Llana would draw a walk.
Knapek would lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners around and Stolte would get her second RBI of the night with a hit to second base that would get her at first, but score Hernandez.
The Lady Dogs could not push any more runs across and would get just three more base runners on in the game, none getting past second base.
Junior hurler Kim Leschber took the loss for Thorndale, striking out nine batters and issuing just two walks.
The other two 27A teams are still alive in the postseason. District runner up Granger beat Ganado 17-7 Friday in Brenham during bi-district play.
The Lady Lions will now face off against 28A champion North Zulch. Thrall, whose 27A championship earned it a bye in the first round, will play Bosqueville in the area round.