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Softball playoffs: Wylie sweeps Waxahachie; Keller wins twice to advance
Brooke Dumas stifled a powerful Waxahachie offense, allowing just five hits, as Wylie rolled to a 13-2 win and swept the best-of-3 Class 4A second-round playoff series Saturday.
Wylie (21-6) advanced to play Hallsville, the state’s second-ranked 4A team, in a Region II quarterfinal.
Serena Saldivar homered for Wylie, and Dumas was 3-for-5. Both players scored three runs and drove in three.
Waxahachie had two of the area’s top power hitters in Miranda Herron and Ariel Ortiz, who combined for 27 home runs and 100 RBIs in the regular season. But Waxahachie managed just single runs in the first and fourth, and Wylie scored five runs in the top of the fourth to build an 8-1 lead.
In other area-round games:
Keller 10-9, El Paso Montwood 9-4: Keller scored nine runs in the final four innings to win Game 3, 9-4, and advance to play Lubbock Coronado, ranked 10th in the state in 5A.
In Game 2 of the series earlier Saturday, Montwood scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-7 lead and put Keller three outs from playoff elimination. But Keller scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 10-9, getting RBI singles from Kaylee Grant and Kaitlyn Alderink and a sacrifice fly from Shelby Henderson.
Midland 17, Southlake Carroll 11: Midland amassed 21 hits and rallied from an early 9-4 deficit to win Game 3 and advance to play Richland in the 5A Region I quarterfinals.
Denton Guyer 5, Burleson Centennial 1: Shayne Starkey threw a 74-pitch complete game and was 3-for-3 with three RBIs as Guyer (27-5) beat the state’s seventh-ranked 4A team in Game 3 and moved on to play No. 10 Aledo.
Hallsville 9, Mansfield Legacy 2: Cassidy Ferrill allowed only three hits — winning a pitchers’ duel against Baylor signee Kendall Potts — as Hallsville won Game 3 and avenged last season’s second-round playoff loss to Legacy.
Hallsville (33-3) broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the bottom of the fifth, then broke the game open with six runs in the sixth.
Lampasas 9, Kennedale 8: With standout pitcher Allie Turner out with an injury, Kennedale’s season ended with a Game 3 loss.
Alexa Neifert allowed three earned runs in 61/3 innings but was hurt by three Kennedale errors, helping Lampasas eliminate the state’s second-ranked 3A team.