Playoffs: Hargrave advances in softball, baseball
Janes shuts down Sweeny
Hargrave continued its dominant pitching run.
The Lady Falcons didn’t give up a single run as they swept District 24-4A champion Sweeny 7-0 and 6-0 in the Area round this weekend.
Katy Janes pitched all 14 innings, giving up two hits and striking out 28 batters in the two-game series. She threw a perfect game in the second game.
The strong performance came after the team gave up a total of two runs as they swept Bridgeland 8-0 and 9-2 in the Bi-District round last weekend.
Alli Humphries had four singles in the series, two in each game. Dez Cardenas hit a home run in the second game. The Lady Falcons had three doubles in the second game from Bella Reid, Katy Janes and Christin Haygood.
The Lady Falcons will play fellow District 21-4A team the Livingston Lady Lions in the regional quarterfinals.
Final inning rally helps Falcons advance
It took a seventh inning comeback, but the Hargrave Falcons are advancing to the Area round for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.
After beating Silsbee 2-1 in the first game of the best-of-three series, the district champion Falcons trailed the Tigers 8-4 after six innings.
Trailing 8-6 with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ethan Herrera found the hole up the middle, driving in Grant O’Neal, setting the stage for a walk-off hit to win 9-8, giving Hargrave the series win.
The Falcons led 2-0 after one inning in the first game and held Silsbee, who had runners on second and third with one out in the seventh inning.
Hargrave will play the District 24-4A runner-up Bay City Blackcats in the Area round.
Crosby falls to top-ranked Angleton
The Crosby Lady Cougars returned to the playoffs in 2019 after missing the playoffs in 2018 for just the second time in 15 seasons.
Crosby, a third seed, swept Nederland, a second seed, in the Bi-District round with two wins of 2-0, but they went up against the Angleton Lady Wildcats, the top-ranked 5A softball team in the state according to the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, and lost that series by scores of 8-6 and 12-1.
After the game, Coach Troy Fox told the players how proud he was of them, and, in particular, how proud he was of the leadership of Jamie Slone, the team’s lone senior.
Crosby’s lone run in the second game came in the second inning, when Maggie Herdejurgen was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Brooke Kuritz came in to pinch run for her and stole second. Kuritz advanced to third on a single up the middle by Cece Pace. Faith Bench laid down a bunt which the pitcher fielded and threw to first for the out, but Kuritz scored with aggressive baserunning and an imperfect throw home from the first baseman.
“They’re a really good team,” Fox said about Angleton. “I think we woke the bear up last night. I knew they were fast, and they really exploded. (Aaliyah) Garcia in the circle, man! She’s shutting it down!”
Crosby returns all of its players except for Slone.
“The future’s looking bright here,” Fox said. “Being able to go the series with Nederland and the series here with Angleton is just more games for the younger ones to grow, and getting everybody back except for Jamie, I’m excited about what we have coming back and what the future holds.”
Crosby finishes the season with a 21-11 record.