WHITEHOUSE, Texas — After shocking Huntsville by forcing a third game Friday at Lady Cat Field, Texas High's softball season came to an end at the hands of the seventh-ranked Lady Hornets in Game 3.
The Lady Tigers (12-11) had to rally three times to take the lead in the second game. THS only had two lead changes in it in the rubber game, grabbing the lead first and then going ahead 3-2 in the top of the third before Huntsville scored five in a row for a 7-3 victory to claim the Class 5A bi-district series.
The Hornets (26-4) advance to play either Forney or Midlothian in the area round next week.
In Game 2, freshman Mollie Fisher scattered eight hits, and senior Mollie Fisher delivered a walkoff single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to even the series with a 6-5 win over the Hornets.
Fisher pitched a complete game for THS, tossing 116 pitches. She struck out five, walked three, allowed eight hits and five runs — three earned.
Lauren Allred had a solo home run and two RBI for the Tigers, who took the lead three times in the game. Vanessa Perez was 2 for 2 with a double, Emma Prince was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Alex Reed also had a double.
In the rubber game, Fisher again went the distance, needing 88 pitches over six innings. She fanned one, walked six and allowed eight hits.
Valeria Perez was hit by a pitch to start the game, and Allred doubled to the wall in left-center to stake Texas High to a 1-0 lead.
Center fielder Valeria Perez caught a fly ball with two on in the bottom of the first inning, and she doubled off the runner at second before the Huntsville player got back to the bag to tag up.
The next batter, Jensen Vienne, belted a 1-1 pitch to center for a two-run home run to give the Hornets the lead. Vienne would also regain the lead in the third with another two-run homer to left-center to make it 4-3.
Texas High had scored two in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and two outs, Vanessa Perez singled to shallow center to drive in Ashanti Northcross and Allred.
Huntsville's Brilee Wiggins doubled after an error in the fourth, and a pair of two-out walks brought in another run to make it 5-3, and the Hornets added two more insurance runs in the sixth when it sent eight batters to the plate.
The Tigers got two on with one out in the seventh, and a hit batsman with two outs loaded the bases but THS was unable to cut into the deficit.