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Taylor softball in playoff position into final week

April 15, 2019

Taylor High School enjoyed a winning night on the home diamonds April 12. While the baseball team rallied in the seventh to beat Seven Lakes 4-3, the softball team completed its sweep of the Spartans with a 6-3 triumph.

Led by a strong start from Mallory Reynolds and a productive day at the plate by Emily Kristynik, the Mustangs evened their District 19-6A record at 5-5. With two games remaining, they have equaled their league win total from the previous three seasons combined.

Taylor improved to 13-11 overall and holds a one-game lead on Mayde Creek for the fourth and final playoff spot entering the final week. The Rams evened the season series against the Mustangs on April 9 with a 7-2 victory, denying Taylor a chance to clinch playoff spot early.

Shaylon Govan struck out nine in a complete game for Mayde Creek, allowing an earned run on three hits while walking four times at the plate. Taylor Wilson homered for the Rams, while Jazmyne Cameron doubled with three RBIs and Jordan Rodriguez and Samantha Soto were 2 for 3 with a double.

Georgia Klar pitched three effective innings in relief for the Mustangs, who received a double and an RBI from Sophie Jenkins.

The Mustangs’ bats were much more active in a 13-6 win against Morton Ranch on March 29, led by Lauren Ellerbush’s four RBIs and three from Ashley Smith. Bailey Johnson reached base four times with two runs and two RBIs, while Jenkins and Taylor Woods both had three hits and scored twice.

Taylor closes the regular season with two playoff-bound teams, playing April 16 at Tompkins and hosting Cinco Ranch on April 18.

Katy continued its unbeaten streak in 19-6A and clinched the district championship with a 3-0 victory against Tompkins, improving to 10-0 in district and 21-2 overall.

The Falcons hold second place at 8-2, including an 11-1 win against Morton Ranch last week. Ashley Martinec pitched three shutout innings and scored a run, while Reagan Heflin was 3 for 3 with a double, triple and four RBIs.

Avery Hodge doubled twice with three runs, Kat Ibarra scored twice and Morgan Wright, Kendall McGary and Brooke Lorenzo all drove in two for the Falcons.

Cinco Ranch won its only district game of the week, defeating Morton Ranch 5-0 to improve to 7-3. Aliana Marroquin pitched a five-hit shutout.

Caitlyn Bonjonia led the Cougars with two doubles as part of a three-hit night. Isabella Garcia reached base four times, including a double, while Riley Rutherford had a double and two RBIs.

Tompkins takes lead in baseball

Defending district champion Tompkins pulled ahead of a close pack in 19-6A baseball by the end of the week, highlighted by a 12-1 victory against Katy.

Kyle Sonduck worked five innings without an earned run, striking out five, while Zach Brewer closed the victory and doubled in his only at-bat.

Weston Valasek led at the plate with three hits, three stolen bases, two runs and an RBI. Elias Koury doubled and scored twice, while Austin Bell had four of the team’s 13 stolen bases, adding two runs and two RBIs.

Tompkins is 7-2 with three games left, one ahead of Seven Lakes and Katy at 6-3. Cinco Ranch holds fourth place at 5-3, one game ahead of Taylor.

The Mustangs picked up a key win against Seven Lakes as John Bissaillon stole home in the seventh for a dramatic victory. Tanner Jarrell was 2 for 3 with a double and RBI.

Parker Gregg worked six innings without an earned run, while Taylor turned a triple play behind him.

The Spartans nonetheless had a positive week, opening with a 2-0 win against Katy as Jacob Taggert allowed two hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Jordan Craft held the lead and Nathan Silva earned the save. Davis Drewek doubled home Austin Gaskamp and Silva for the game’s only runs.

Cinco Ranch defeated Morton Ranch 9-0 to end the week, with Reid Easterly, Jacob Lievre and Jake Linderman combining for a one-hit shutout.

Easterly also doubled and drove in three, while Sam Sobarzo homered and Justin Amaya added an RBI double.