Lady Eagles drop playoff
Looking for the school’s first ever post- season victory in softball, the Lady Eagles were run-ruled 16-6 in five innings to the Ganado Maidens on a very windy Friday night.
The team was plagued by multiple errors and then Lady Maiden Alyssa Reyes hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to put the icing on the cake for Ganado.
Milano finished the season at 7-15-1. Ganado (19-13) was to face Mart in area round this week.
The Lady Eagles came out ready to play in their opening at bat scoring three runs.
Stonie Guthr ie and Masey Turnage both reached on walks, then Allison Dodd would loop a triple to deep left field to score two runs. Dodd crossed home plate on a passed ball.
The Maidens put up two runs in the bottom of the first. The first of two doubles by Alyssa Reyes would score one run, then Reyes would score on a throwing error by Milano.
Milano head softball coach Greg Decker made a pitching change in the bottom of the frame, switching from starter Turnage to Kiersten Bastow.
The sophomore would get the Lady Eagles out of the inning, but not before Ganado went up 9-3.
Milano didn’t stop fighting and plated two runs in the third. Guthrie knocked a single to center field to reach first and then stole second. Hayleigh Lagrone then laid down a perfect bunt, then beat the throw to get on base and advance Guthrie to third. Lagrone then stole second herself.
Dodd recorded an infield single, scoring Guthrie and advancing Lagrone to third. Elizabeth Holt’s sacrifice f ly to a diving right fielder would push Lagrone across and cut Ganado’s lead to 9-5.
Brittany Bullock would score the Lady Eagles’ last run in the top of the fourth after reaching first on a walk. She stole second and reached third on a passed ball. The senior would then score on another Guthrie single to center.
Ganado would plate another run in bottom of the fourth to lead 10- 6 before busting the game open in the next inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Milano’s wheels just fell off. Several fielding errors would score another Maiden run and load the bases for Ganado’s Reyes who would smash a grand slam over the outfield wall, pushing her team ahead 15-6.
Jenny Vesely would score from third on a Katy Diaz hit and the Maidens would send the Lady Eagles home once again.
Milano and Ganado met up in 2009, with the Maidens winning the bi-district match up 10-0.
Dodd was two for three at the plate for Milano with three RBIs, while Guthrie was two for two. Lagrone went one for three.
Ganado’s Georgi Garza struckout seven of the 20 Milano batters she faced on the night. She walked just three.
Reyes led the Maidens at the plate going three for four with two doubles, the grand slam and five runs batted in.
Garza also helped her own cause by going two for four at the plate with two runs batted in.
The Lady Eagles lose some big sticks after this season in Dodd, Turnage and Bullock.
“The girls had a great season and I am very proud to have gotten to coach this group of young ladies,” Decker said. “The team and school is losing three remarkable ladies to graduation and it will be hard to replace their talent and leadership.”
Milano was third in 27A behind Thrall and Holland. This is just the fifth time the Lady Eagles softball program has reached the post-season in the program’s 17 years. They have never won a playoff game.