Lady Dogs, Milano fighting for respective postseason spots

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Thorndale’s Margie Llana put the tag on a Jarrell base runner at first in the Lady Dogs’ 16-6 win Saturday in 27AA action. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Thorndale’s Margie Llana put the tag on a Jarrell base runner at first in the Lady Dogs’ 16-6 win Saturday in 27AA action. Reporter/Teresa Ging As the second round of district action is underway for both Thorndale and Milano in their respective classifications both are trying to snag a spot in the state softball playoffs.

THORNDALE–The Lady Dogs (11-11, 6-4) finally hit .500 on the season Tuesday night with a 17-2 routing of visiting Florence in just four innings.

Kim Leschber tossed the win.

Shelby Stolte was perfect at the plate, going 4-4, with Margie Llana hitting three for four and Robyn Jost 3-3.

“The last two games the bats have come alive and its the best time of the year for it to happen,” Lady Dogs head coach Lance Betak said.

Thorndale can really only afford one more loss in their tough district schedule to clinch one of the three playoff spots.

“The only game we can really lose is against Rogers and we have to hope that Academy loses to Lexington and Rogers,” Betak said. “That would put us in a tie for third with Academy. Lexington beat us both times so we don’t want to be tied with them.”

Thorndale goes to Cameron on Friday, then hosts Academy in a crucial game on Tuesday. The Lady Dogs are at No. 10 Rogers on April 15 and then close out the regular season by hosting Lago Vista on April 19.

It was a five inning run-ruled 16-6 win for Thorndale on Saturday afternoon against Jarrell. Leschber got the win, striking out six batters and gave up just three walks.

Skylar Summer was three for four on the night with a double and five runs batted in. Six Lady Dog starters had two hits and the other two starters had one each.

MILANO–The Lady Eagles (7-11-1, 5-1) are on a four game winning streak after getting a 16-4 road win at Granger Tuesday night in just five innings.

Kiersten Bastow was on the mound against the Lady Lions, striking out five and giving up no walks.

Milano bats were on fire as the team cranked out 16 hits. Their sometimes struggling defense was perfect on the night with no recorded errors.

The Lady Eagles were led at the plate by Stonie Guthrie who went four for four with three singles, a triple and two runs batted in.

Allison Dodd was two for three with two singles. Lyndsie Gray was one for two and had four stolen bases.

Friday saw Milano defeat Bartlett 14-4 in six innings to finish up the first round of district action. The Lassies took an early 4-0 lead after the first, but Milano’s bats came alive from that point on.

Dodd and Elizabeth Holt each slammed home runs on the night. Dodd went two for four with two runs batted in. Holt was three for three, also hitting a double and knocking in 5 RBIs.

Emily Overall was three for four with a double and three stolen bases.

Milano will host No. 20 Thrall on Friday in the team’s last home game of the regular season. They will then hit the road to face Holland on Tuesday, April. 12

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