Lady Tigers still in play for loop playoff position

Blanked by league leader LaGrange 4-0 Tuesday night


Rockdale shortstop Miressa Mireles prepares to put the tag on LaGrange’s Hallie Garlick in the seventh inning. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Rockdale shortstop Miressa Mireles prepares to put the tag on LaGrange’s Hallie Garlick in the seventh inning. Reporter/Cliff Dungan LaGrange pitcher Ariel Svec wasn’t getting much offensive backing from her teammates Tuesday night, so she decided to take things into her own hands.

With one stroke of the bat, the sophomore broke open a scoreless tie and provided enough runs for the league leading Lady Leps to get past Rockdale 4-0 at the Softball Complex and remain unbeaten in District 23-3A.

The Lady Tigers, who had won three of four coming in, slip to 12-9 on the year and 4-3 in district play.

An unranked LaGrange improves to 19-5 and 7-0.

Rockdale has already surpassed last year’s win total (11) with three games left—at Giddings Friday, hosting Caldwell Tuesday and closing out with lowly Navasota (0-7).

Svec and LaGrange interrupted a pitcher’s duel between her and Rockdale’s Kayleigh Montelongo in the top of the sixth when Svec slapped a single up the middle to score Alyssa Angel and Hallie Garlick who had opened the inning with a pair of singles.

The Lady Leps tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh on RBI singles from Angel and Garlick.

The Lady Tigers left six runners stranded on the evening including two in the bottom of the seventh.

There were 13 hits in the game by both teams—all singles.

Montelongo, Victoria Drake, Marissa Mireles, Lisa Vest and Faith Talley accounted for the Lady Tiger hits.

Montelongo allowed eight hits and struck out three.

Smithville

Kayla Deary’s RBI double in the fifth inning produced the only run of the game in the Lady Tigers’ 1-0 victory.

Vest singled to open the inning and scored, while Victoria Drake and Maci Wages added singles.

Montelongo took the victory in the complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and fanning nine.

Navasota

Rockdale constructed a 5- 0 lead after three innings and then held on for a 7-4 victory.

Deary again led the way with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in while Britni Newlin went 2-for-3.

Alyssa Wallis knocked in a run with a double, while Mireles and Montelongo also brought home runs.

In a rare start, Wages earned the win, allowing seven hits and striking out three.

LADY TIGER STATISTICS HITTING—McCoy 4-7 .571; Newlin 18-34 .529; Montelongo 13-34 .382; Deary 8-25 .320; Drake 14- 32 .438; Boyd 16-32 .500; Vest 11-34 .324; Mireles 10-31 .323; Wages 4-27 .148; Fischer 3-30 .100; Wallis 0-5 .000; Talley 0-4 .000. RBI—Montelongo 12, Boyd 13 Runs—Drake 11, Vest 9 2B—Montelongo 5, Newlin 4 3B—Newlin 1, Boyd 2 HR—Montelongo 2, Vest 1 SB—Boyd 5, Wallis 3 Pitching—Montelongo 10-8 5.10

DISTRICT 23-3A

GIRLS
Team District Overall
LaGrange 7- 0 19-5
Rockdale 4-3 12-9
Giddings 2-3 6-8
Caldwell 2-2 6- 6
Smithville 1-4 3-14
Navasota 0- 6 N/A
Tuesday’s results: LaGrange 4,
Rockdale 0; Smithville, Giddings;
Caldwell, Navasota. .
Friday’s results: Rockdale, Smithville
; LaGrange 9, Navasota 1;
Caldwell, Giddings.


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