One more shot
Still fighting for their postseason lives, the Rockdale Lady Tigers will get one more chance to prove they are playoff worthy.
Despite falling to Caldwell Tuesday night 7-5 at Hornet Field, the two teams will turn around and face each other one more time Thursday in Cameron at 7 p.m. to decide who enters the state playoff bracket.
Rockdale (10-8) and Caldwell tied for third in District 23-3A with 5-5 records.
Rockdale Coach Amanda Keen won the coin toss after the game and elected to play in Cameron. Caldwell wanted to play in Bryan.
Rockdale defeated Caldwell 15- 10 in their first meeting.
Tuesday night, both teams combined for 30 hits (Rockdale 16, Caldwell 14), but the Lady Hornets made them count when they needed them most.
“They definitely had more timely hits tonight,” Keen said.
Six different Lady Tigers had multiple hits, led by Hailey Offield’s three.
Victoria Drake accounted for a pair of hits and runs batted in.
Trailing 3- 2 in the fourth, Rockdale rallied for three runs to grab the lead.
Amanda Boyd tied the game for the second time at 3-3 with a single to score Offield and Drake followed with a sacrifice bunt to plate Britta Boyd to push Rockdale ahead 4-3.
Marissa Mireles dropped a bloop single into right field to push Boyd across and the Lady Tigers led 5-3.
Caldwell sliced the lead to 5-4 after scoring a run after a collision at first with Drake who was covering on a bunt.
A bases loaded single in the fifth pushed the Lady Hornets ahead for good 6-5.
Rockdale placed two runners on base in its final at-bat, but could not get them home.
The Lady Tigers fell behind 7-0 after four innings and could not recover in a 10-2 loss.
Rockdale racked up 10 hits, but left 16 baserunners stranded.
Boyd, Mireles and Drake paced the Lady Tigers with two hits apiece, with Boyd driving in both Rockdale runs in the fifth inning with a single.