WHITEHOUSE, Texas — Mollie Johnson, the only senior for Texas High's softball team, ripped a walkoff single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to even the Class 5A bi-district series with seventh-ranked Huntsville, 6-5.
Johnson drove the first pitch she saw between the shortstop and third baseman with the bases loaded as the Lady Tigers (12-10) regained the lead for the third time.
The Lady Hornets (24-4) won the series opener, 13-3, in five innings Wednesday.
Freshman Mollie Fisher pitched a complete game for THS, tossing 116 pitches. She struck out five, walked three, allowed eight hits and five runs — three earned.
Kylee Lehman absorbed the loss for Huntsville. Lehman worked 4 2-3 innings of relief, threw 88 pitches, had four strikeouts, five walks, gave up six hits and three runs, all earned.
Lauren Allred broke a 3-all knot in the score with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth for her second dinger of the series for Texas High. Fisher worked a 7-pitch walk, and Vanessa Perez bunted for a hit. Fisher was caught between second and third on the play for the first out, but Perez advanced to second before stealing third.
With two outs, Emma Prince lined a single down the right field line to extend the Tigers' lead to 5-3.
Jaelynn Duke tied the score for the third time in the game with a 2-out, 2-run home run in the top of the seventh for the Hornets.
Allred, who led off the bottom of the seventh, was intentionally walked. Vanessa Perez worked a 7-pitch walk with one out, and Olivia Huckabee loaded the bases with a single to center, setting up Johnson's walkoff hit.
Kylie Grisham lined a single to left to start the game for the Hornets. She stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. A groundout for the second out allowed Grisham to come home.
A throwing error after a leadoff walk to THS' Valeria Perez tied the game. A bunt to the third baseman was thrown into right-center field, allowing Valeria Perez to score and sending Ashanti Northcross to reach third. She scored on Allred's sac fly to deep right, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Vanessa Perez drilled a two-out double to left-center in the first for Texas High but was stranded there.
Prince started the Tigers' second inning with a sharply-hit single to right. With one out, a fielder's choice to third again ended up in the outfield on a throwing error, and Prince slid home to beat the throw for a 3-1 advantage.
Huntsville knotted the score in the top of the third. A pair of walks were sandwiched around a strikeout for the second out, and Lehman lined a single to left to load the bases.
Hope Grant dropped a hit just over the shortstop's head into shallow left, scoring a pair of runs, but Lehman was caught in a rundown by catcher Allred, who tossed the ball to third baseman Prince to apply the tag.
After Lehman took over in the circle, the Tigers worked a pair of two-out walks in the bottom of the frame but didn't manage to score. In the fourth, Alex Reed belted a stand-up double over the left fielder's head with one out, but Texas High was unable to advance her.