With a 20-win season under their belts, it was easy to expect the Hillsboro Trojans to come in red-hot. The top-seeded Trojans finished with a 20-3 record, but 12-9 Douglass had other ideas.
Instead of a routine game for Hillsboro, a tight pitchers-dual took place as Douglass struck first blood, but not until the 5th inning. The Bulldogs got one run in the top of the 5th, and then tried to hold on for the upset.
Hillsboro got one run in the bottom of the seventh as they were down to their last three outs. Forcing the game into extras proved to be just what the Trojan defense needed, as they held Douglass scoreless in the top of the 8th, before putting a game-winning run across the plate in the bottom of the 8th.
Allie Weber took the win for Hillsboro, while Lacy Sanborn took the loss for the Bulldogs. Douglass ends its season with a record of 12-10, while Hillsboro advances to the semifinal game on Saturday.
Chaparral uses shutout to advance.
Continuing the theme of tough pitching and stingy defense, Pittsburg Colgan and Chaparral both had trouble putting any runs on the scoreboard, just as Hillsboro and Douglass did on the same field before them. Lauren Hatfield pitched a shut-out for Chaparral as she silenced the Colgan bats.
Chaparral was also held scoreless except for the 5th inning, when the Roadrunners plated three runs to give the team all the cushion they needed.
Pitt Colgan ends its season with a record of 17-7, while Chaparral now prepares for top-seeded Hillsboro at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
Silver Lake advances over Burlington.
Using a hot bat in the first couple of innings, Silver Lake jumped on top of Burlington in the quarterfinals of the 3A State Softball tournament. The Eagles put two on the board in the 1st inning, and added three more in the second to give themselves a comfy five-run lead.
Burlington finally got on the board in the fourth with two runs, but it wasn’t enough as Allison Christy pitched the Eagles into the semifinal round.
Both teams found the long ball, as Haley Gilman and Katee Damashek hit homeruns for Burlington, while Perry Krogman and Jamie Pfannenstiel did their homerun damage for Silver Lake.
In the end, it was a 6-2 victory for Silver Lake, and a date in the semis. Burlington ends its season at 14-8, while Silver Lake moves to 21-3.
Rock Creek too much for Goodland.
Goodland had to travel across the state, and as usual, across a time zone to get to the state tournament in Manhattan, and while the team may be used to long road trips, they didn’t have the juice this time to advance.
Rock Creek proved to be too much for the Cowgirls, winning 11-2 to move on. Katie Hodges got the win in the circle for the Mustangs, while Stphani De La Rosa took the final loss of the season for Goodland.
Both teams remained scoreless through the first three innings before Rock Creek broke through with four runs in the top of the 4th. The Mustangs piled on another three runs in the next inning before the Cowgirls answered back with two runs to make it 7-2.
Rock Creek got another four runs in the top of the sixth to cap of the scoring, and the Mustangs (18-6) are now on to the semifinals. Goodland ends its season at 20-4.