Lady Eagles prevail in rematch with Thorndale

Both ranked teams prepare for playoffs

Milano’s Naomi Graham went 4-for-4 in the Lady Eagles’ district rematch victory over Thorndale. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Milano’s Naomi Graham went 4-for-4 in the Lady Eagles’ district rematch victory over Thorndale. Reporter/Bill Martin MILANO—The Milano Eagles were looking for a repeat performance and an encore is what they got.

The No. 4 Lady Eagles bested Milam County and District 27-2A rivals, No. 13 Thorndale, 7-2 on Thursday for the second time this season to run their league record to a perfect 12-0.

Thorndale slides to 21-3 and 10-2.

Milano—which closes out ther season Friday at Bremond— needs one more win to claim the district title.

Thorndale has clinched no less than second place. Holland is in third place, Bartlett is fourth and Thrall is fifth.

Bartlett will advance as the league’s 2A small school division representative, so that would push Thrall into the final playoff spot.

Milano (21-3)—who defeated the Lady Dogs 5-3 in their first matchup— jumped out 2-0 after the first inning after Naomi Graham reached on a single and Laynie Bastow cleared the bases with a home run.

Graham—a .560 hitter on the season with 31 runs batted in—was four-forfour in the contest.

In the bottom of the third, Emilie Compton earned a walk and then stole second.

Graham reached on an error that also scored Compton to put the Lady Eagles up 3-0.

Madison Westbrook reached base on a walk and stole second. Bastow then hit a deep ball to right field that scored Westbrook.

Kalie Poehl doubled to scored Bastow and put Milano up 5-0 at the end of three.

In the top of the fourth, Thorndale started to rally with back-to-back base hits from Mary Leopold and Riley White.

Madison Kelm walked to load the bases with no outs.

The next Thorndale batter would strike out, but then Jordyne Bigan’s sacrifice fly would score Leopold to make it 5-1.

Bailey White then popped up to catcher Compton who made a diving catch into the back stop.

Milano opened up its fourth inning at bat with a single from Sterling Robertson and a walk by Compton.

Another Graham single scored Robertson. A sacrifice fly by Westbrook would score Compton and put the Lady Eagles up 7-1 heading into the fifth inning.

Bigan singled in the top of the seventh and then advanced all the way to third on an error by Milano’s defense on a ground ball by Bailey White, who reached base.

Jayci Martinka singled to score Bigan to make it 7-2.

With two runners on, Thorndale could not convert any more runs before the final out.

Jenna Lewis tossed the win for the Lady Eagles, allowing five hits, two runs, one walk and four strike outs.

Mary Leopold took the loss for Thorndale, going four innings with four strike outs, three walks and gave up five hits.

White came in for two innings worth of work, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out one.

Milano batters combined for eight hits on the night, leaving five runners on base.

The Lady Dogs had five hits in the contest and left six base runners stranded. Thorndale vs. Bremond

Leopold didn’t allow a single hit as he Thorndale Lady Dogs defeated Bremond 10-0 on Tuesday.

An early lead helped propel the Lady Dogs to victory.

The Lady Dogs captured the lead when Riley White doubled on a 0-1 count in the first inning, scoring one run.

Thorndale scored six runs in the second inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Jayci Martinka, a single by Mary Leopold, a double by Jordyne Bigan, and a double by Madison Kelm.

Leopold earned another no-hitter when she threw six innings, surrendering zero runs, zero hits, striking out seven, and walking zero.

Thorndale collected 13 hits. Leopold, White, Kelm, and Bigan each banged out multiple hits for Thorndale.

White and Leopold all had three hits to lead the way. Thorndale vs. Holland

The Lady Dogs grabbed an early lead on its way to a 12-4 victory over Holland on Wednesday.

Holland captured the lead in the first inning with two outs.

Thorndale took the lead for good with four runs in the first inning. In the first, Madison Kelm walked to bring home the first run.

Jordyne Bigan then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run, and Bailey White singled, driving in two runs.

The Lady Dogs scored five runs in the fourth inning. The big inning was thanks to a double by Ashton Kiesling, a walk by Riley White, a walk by Kelm, and a single by White.

White earned the win for Thorndale in four innings, allowing two runs, four hits, striking out eight, and walking one.

The Lady Dogs collected nine hits. Madison Flores, Jayci Martinka, and White each collected multiple hits for Thorndale.

White, Martinka, and Flores each managed two hits to lead Thorndale.

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