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Softball playoff roundup: Deer Park cruises to 5A title; Smithson Valley takes 4A crown
AUSTIN — Kristen Davenport pitched a three-hit shutout and went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead Deer Park to a 6-0 win over Klein Collins in the Class 5A softball state championship game Saturday at McCombs Field.
Deer Park (31-8), making its first trip to the state tournament, scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a one-out RBI single by Davenport and a two-out RBI single by Devann Hebert. Deer Park added another run in the second on an RBI single by Caitlin Plocheck.
A day after getting 12 hits in a 6-3 semifinal win over Plano East, Klein Collins (31-5) didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning against Davenport (15-2). Klein Collins managed only three singles; Deer Park had 14 hits.
Spring Branch Smithson Valley 9, Montgomery 8: Celena Massey went 2-for-4 with three RBIs to help Smithson Valley (30-6) win the 4A state championship.
Smithson Valley won its first state title since it was the 5A champion in 2009. It led, 5-0, after two innings and 9-5 going to the bottom of the sixth. Montgomery scored three in the sixth, but a groundout with a runner on second ended the inning.
Montgomery had 14 hits in a semifinal win over Forney, and it got 13 hits Saturday. But Montgomery (34-7) left eight runners on base, and at least one in each of the first six innings.
Kellen Robles and Megan Hill combined for five hits and four runs for Smithson Valley.
Lufkin Hudson 8, Henderson 4: In a matchup of elite pitching recruits, Kelsee Selman outpitched Tiarra Davis to lead Lufkin Hudson (36-5) to the 3A state title.
Selman (36-3), a junior who has committed to LSU, struck out 13 and also hit a two-run double in the fifth. After Henderson (30-9) scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut Hudson’s lead to 6-4, Selman struck out back-to-back hitters with runners on second and third to end the inning.
Davis (19-7), a junior who has committed to Texas, held Hudson scoreless for the first four innings. But Hudson scored six runs in the top of the fifth, then got a two-run home run from Alyssa Dotson in the seventh.