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May 19, 2014

H.S. Softball/Baseball: Sandiettes move on to face Harleton, Sandies finish strong season earlier than expected


With a 4-2 win over Zavalla Saturday night, the Grapeland Sandiettes softball team advanced to the regional final round of the playoffs to take on the Harleton Ladycats.


And if they can beat Harleton, the Sandiettes will be in the state championship series.


On Friday, the Sandiettes started their series with Zavalla and came away with a 5-1 victory as their game clicked from the start.


They jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before Zavalla tied the match at 1. The Sandiettes wouldn’t be stopped, though, as they came right back and scored a run in the bottom of the third and followed with three more runs in the latter innings to seal the victory.


In Saturday’s match, the Sandiettes only needed one of the allotted two games to complete the sweep of Zavalla.


They won, 4-2, and won the series two games to none.


Grapeland pitcher Baylee Lumbreraz has helped the Sandiettes to victory all season long and her performance thus far in the playoffs, along with the rest of the Sandiette defense, has been the main reason Grapeland is still in the hunt for a state championship.


Up next for the Sandiettes will be the Harleton Ladycats, whom they will face at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Lindale at the Lindale Baseball-Softball Complex.


Grapeland will be in for a good matchup as they face a team in Harleton which already beat another Dogwood Circle team en route to this series.


In Harleton’s series with the Slocum Lady Mustangs, it was a tough pitcher’s duel with a final score of 2-0.


The game against Grapeland should be a similar outcome as the two teams will be led by pitching. For Harleton, it will bring a pitching staff of Randi Carol Phillips, who is 12-3 with an ERA (earned run average) of .98 and has 100 strike outs, Ali Modisette, who is 8-4 with 64 strike outs and Baylee Cochran who is 6-0 with 30 strike outs.

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