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Softball playoffs: Rowlett sweeps Mesquite; Rockwall-Heath moving on
18-game winning streak stays alive; McKinney Boyd is up next
ROWLETT — Junior pitcher Brianna Sims allowed just one earned run in a complete game performance and staked Rowlett to a lead it would not relinquish in a 9-3 victory over Mesquite on Saturday afternoon at Eagles Field.
The 18th consecutive Rowlett win completed a sweep of the best-of-three Class 5A Region II bi-district series. For the sixth season in a row, Rowlett (22-10-1) advanced to the area round, where it will meet McKinney Boyd.
“I feel like we have the kind of team that can go far,” said Sims, who scattered six hits, struck out three and issued no walks. “We get along well and we have a lot of good players. ”
Sims opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first inning. Sophomore shortstop Pierson Jones and senior center fielder Grasyn Langley contributed two hits each for Rowlett.
Jones’ bunt single and three consecutive walks led to a four-run Rowlett third inning for a 5-0 lead. Langley’s leadoff double in the fourth inning set up the home team’s sixth run.
Mesquite (10-18) faced a hectic week that began by surviving two district playoff elimination games Tuesday in Lindale. On Thursday, Mesquite lost Game 1 to Rowlett, 15-4. Friday was the school prom.
Yet the Skeeters trailed only 6-3 until Rowlett first baseman Rebecca Wells’ three-run double in the sixth inning broke it open.
Rockwall-Heath 8, Sachse 3: Rockwall-Heath finished a sweep of its opening-round playoff series and advanced to play Plano West in the 5A Region II area round.
“We knew we had to play aggressively and hit well to beat a team like Sachse,” Rockwall-Heath coach Christin Thompson said. “I thought we did that in both games, as well as get two solid games from Cami [Duffey].”
Duffey, a freshman, won both games in the series and finished Saturday’s contest with four strikeouts while scattering nine hits.
Rockwall-Heath used RBI singles from Katie Webster and Duffey to take a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth, but saw Sachse cut the lead in half on an RBI double from Payton Shugart. Shugart had two hits for Sachse, and she also struck out four in five-plus innings as the team’s starting pitcher.
Sachse, however, got no closer as Rockwall-Heath scored five times in the last three innings to pull away.
Lauren Archuletta (2-for-4, two runs) crushed a deep home run in the fifth to push the lead to 3-1. Macy Wilson (2-for-4, two doubles) and Webster (three RBIs) drove in runs during a three-run sixth inning.
Rockwall-Heath added two in the seventh, with Wilson and Webster plating the runs.
Mansfield Timberview 7, Copperas Cove 6: Baylea Higgs hit a walk-off triple to score Chelsea Luddeke in the bottom of the eighth, giving District 7-5A champion Timberview a two-game sweep.
Timberview (23-6) trailed, 6-3, but scored three runs in the sixth to tie it. Timberview will play Flower Mound Marcus in the second round.
South Grand Prairie 5, Waco Midway 1: South Grand Prairie won Game 3 behind the pitching of Haltom Shepherd, holding Midway to four hits.
Shepherd pitched 18 innings in the series and didn’t allow an earned run. The home team in the series scored one run in three games.
SGP (18-15-1) will next play Flower Mound, the state’s third-ranked 5A team.
Belton 12, Midlothian 2: Belton scored four runs in each of the first three innings to win Game 3 and advance to play defending 5A state champion Lewisville. After losing the first game of the best-of-3 series, Belton won the final two games by a combined 26-2.
Mansfield Legacy 6, Corsicana 1: Baylor signee Kendall Potts pitched a three-hitter and struck out 11 as Legacy completed a two-game sweep.
Legacy (24-5) advanced to play Hallsville, the state’s second-ranked 4A team. Texas Tech pledge Reagan Wright was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Meagan Dake drove in two runs.
Lovejoy 10, Sulphur Springs 9: Lovejoy held off a late rally to win Game 3 and advance to face Ennis, the state’s sixth-ranked 4A team.
Krum 7, Argyle 6: Making its first playoff appearance since 1999, Krum built a 7-2 lead after two innings and held on to win Game 3. Krum (19-13), which had 13 hits, advanced to play Princeton in the 3A Region II area round.