CA MERON—There is no truth to the rumor that Amanda Keen drew names out of a hat to complete her batting order Friday night.
Even if she did, there wouldn’t be much complaining because whatever method she used to fill in the lineup card—it worked to perfection.
Facing the end of their season, the Rockdale Lady Tigers crushed Caldwell 10-3 Friday night at Mark Humble Field in a District 23-3A playoff game to break a tie for third place and earn the final playoff position.
The 11- 8 Lady Tigers make the playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven years and 13th overall in the 18-year history of the program.
Rockdale will now battle Bellville (18-11) in Class 3A, Region III bi-district action Friday at 7 p.m. at Brenham High School in a one-game only series.
Keen shuffled the batting order and even used players that didn’t see any action in Rockdale’s 7-5 loss two days previous to the same team.
“I am very proud of our team,” Keen added. “It takes a lot to come back from a loss just two days before by the same team to come out on top.”
The Lady Tigers received a sparkling performance from their sophomore pitcher Kayleigh Montelongo, who not only limited the Lady Hornets to three hits, but also punched out a solo home run in the fifth inning to put an exclamation point on the victory.
Montelongo (11-7) allowed just three hits, one, a three-run home run to Sam Menchaca in the fourth inning that tied the game at 3-3.
The resiliant Lady Tigers fought back with four runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead for good.
Senior first baseman Krista Phillips clubbed two doubles that produced three runs.
Her duece in the fourth inning drove home two runs to hand Rockdale the lead for good.
Marissa Mireles drove in a pair of runs with a single in the third that opened the scoring.
Maci Wages and Victoria Drake also collected two hits apiece, with Wages’ double in the third accounting for a run.
Keen is the third coach to guide the Lady Tigers to the playoffs in the past five years.
The Lady Tigers had to win five straight last season to secure the final playoff berth.
“ We stayed focused and we could have given up after they came back to tie the game but we turned it on and came back with a bang,” Keen said.
The Lady Brahmas are making their first playoff appearance since 2008 and after finishing in a tie for first place in District 24-3A with Sealy, lost in the tiebreaker 19-5. The two teams had split during the regular season.
During district play, the Lady Brahmas scored in double figures 15 times.
They are led by junior pitcher/ shortstop Chelsney Corrs who is hitting .390 on the year with 32 runs batted in. Half her 30 hits have gone for extra bases.
On the mound, the right handed Corrs sports a 2.56 earned run average and teams are hitting just .216 against her.
LADY TIGER STATISTICS
Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)—Young
15-29 .517; Deary 15-31 .484;
Fischer 4-9 .444, Mireles, 23-52
.442; Phillips 11-29 .379; Drake
20-53 .377; Montelongo 17-46
.370; Offield 17-47 .362; Tater
13-38 .342; Boyd 15-44 .341; Pannell 10-31 .323; Byrd 10-33 .303;
Wages 4-17 .235; Lee 0-4 .000;
Wallis 0-2 .000.
Runs—Mireles 17, Boyd 12.
2B—Mireles 9, Montelongo 7.
3B— Offield 2, Mireles 1, Drake 1.
HR—Montelongo 2, Young 1.
RBI—Montelongo 16, Boyd 14.
SB—Drake 11, Mireles 7.
Pitching—Montelongo 11-7 5.30;
ROCKDALE VS. BELLVILLE
Who—Rockdale Lady Tigers (11- 8) vs. Bellville Lady Brahmas (18-11). What—Class 3A, Region III, Bidistrict playoff. When—Friday, 7 p.m.— One game only. Where—Brenham High School District—Rockdale finished third at 5-5 in 23-3A; Bellville was tied for first with Sealy in 24-3A at 9-1, lost playoff game 19-5. Last playoff appearance— Rockdale 2010; Bellville 2008. Lady Brahma to watch— No. 6, Sr. P/SS Chesney Storrs (.390, 32 RBI, 2.56 ERA) Tickets—$4 adults, $2 students