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Softball roundup: Rockwall goes on hit parade to win Game 3; Flower Mound can't find offense, gets eliminated
ROUND ROCK — After compiling just 10 hits in the first two games of the best-of-3 Class 5A Region II semifinal series, Rockwall put together 16 hits in a 9-7 Game 3 victory against Kingwood on Saturday.
Rockwall (28-6-1) will play nationally ranked The Woodlands in the 5A Region II final.
Rockwall built a 3-0 lead in the second inning and led 4-2 before Kingwood (25-10) — last season’s 5A state runner-up — took a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth. But in the top of the fifth, Rockwall batted around, sparked by Peyton Mills’ second triple of the game, and scored five runs.
Each of Rockwall’s starters had a hit or walked in Game 3, led by Mills (2-for-4), Bailey Wallace (3-for-4) and Alyssa Henry (3-for-5). Kingwood starting pitcher Ashley Johnson had limited Rockwall to four runs in Games 1 and 2.
Kayla Vandergriff started her third game of the season for Rockwall and scattered five hits but walked six in four innings. Emily Cowan entered the game in the bottom of the fifth and allowed one run in relief.
Lubbock Coronado 0-2, Flower Mound 1-1: For the third straight game, North Texas signee Monique Garcia held Flower Mound to one run, and Lubbock Coronado beat the state’s No. 1-ranked 5A team, 2-1, in Game 3 of a best-of-3 5A Region I semifinal series.
Coronado (34-4), ranked seventh in the state, advanced to play Mansfield Timberview in the regional final.
In Game 3, a two-out single by Abbe Alvarez scored Quinn Fortner in the bottom of the third and gave Coronado a 2-1 lead. It came after LSU pledge Sydney Springfield hit a two-out RBI double for Flower Mound (30-8-1) in the top of the third to tie the score at 1.
Trailing 2-1, Flower Mound loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fifth but couldn’t score.
Claire Lefner pitched a four-hit shutout as Flower Mound won Game 2 of the series, 1-0, earlier Saturday. Kellie Wanhanen led off the top of the first with a single and scored the game’s only run.
Van 12, Celina 2: Celina called on its rich softball tradition to reach the regional semifinals for the seventh time in nine seasons, but Van proved too tough for the Lady Bobcats in the fourth playoff round.
Van put together three four-run innings in the decisive third game of the 3A Region II semifinal series.
Catcher Alexis Elizondo staked Celina (26-17) to a quick lead with a two-run homer in the top of the first. Van (28-5-1) took control with four runs in each of the first two innings to build an 8-2 lead.
In addition to holding Celina scoreless in the final four innings, winning pitcher Nicole Gandy had three hits and drove in four runs, including the one that invoked the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth.
Atlanta 6, Sanger 5: Ashlyn Dodson’s single in the 10th inning won Game 2 and gave Atlanta a two-game sweep of the 3A Region II semifinal series.
Sanger (28-11) trailed by three before scoring two runs in sixth and a run in the seventh to tie the score at 4. Jaycee Garza put Sanger in front, 5-4, in the ninth with a single to drive in Morgan Turkoly. But a dropped fly ball gave Atlanta (27-4) a runner at third who scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly.