Milano girls are post-season bound
After a couple of setbacks late in district play, the Milano Lady Eagles (8-14-1, 6-4) finally hammered down their playoff destiny and will go into the Class A state softball playoffs as the third place team from District 27A.
The team defeated Bartlett on the road Tuesday night 5-3 in eight innings to finish out league play, stopping a three game losing skid for the Lady Eagles.
In the top of the eighth Milano to plate two runs on successful bunt and errors on the Lassies part.
The Lady Eagle defense was able to get three up, three down in the bottom of the extra inning to clinch a post-season berth.
Kiersten Bastow went the distance on the mound for Milano, striking out five batters and giving up three walks.
The L ady Eag le s’ defense committed seven errors on the night.
Milano lost on the road Friday night to Burton 14-7. The Lady Eagles were up 7-5 after three and a half innings, but the Lady Panther bats came alive to score four runs in the bottom of the third and five in the sixth.
Masey Turnage took the loss on the mound, going three innings, giving up seven hits and two walks. Kiersten Bastow came in as relief in the fourth, giving up eight hits.
No. 13 Thrall is the district champion with Holland as the second place team.
Milano will face the loser of No. 20 Shiner and Ganado the week of May 3. The two teams are tied atop the 28A standings. Milano will face the second place team from that district in the first round of the playoffs.
Lady Eagles’ coach Greg Decker said he is also trying to set up a warm up game for his team during the off week.
Although the Lady Eagles have reached the post- season five times in the program’s 17 year history, they have never won a playoff game.