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May 23, 2014

H.S. Softball: Grapeland falls short to Harleton in regional finals, 6-0


The Grapeland Sandiettes ended their season Friday night as they fell to Harleton in the regional finals, 6-0, in Lindale.


Friday night's match-up came with a trip to Austin and a championship title win on the line, but Grapeland, whose pitching has been its strong suit this year, struggled in the one-game series against the Ladycats.


The match started off with the Sandiettes getting on base via a hit-by-pitch from Whitney Musick to give Grapeland a runner on base with no outs. Two batters later, Holly Musick came up to bat and hit a ground ball back to a fielder who then threw the ball to second base to get Whitney Musick out and allow Holly Musick to get the first of just three hits for the Sandiettes.


After not putting up any runs in the first inning, the Sandiettes were set up for defense. Pitcher Baylee Lumbreraz came out to the mound and put up a solid inning, not allowing a run in the first. From there, though, things started to get rough for Grapeland.


The Sandiettes allowed a run in the second and third innings to be in a 2-0 hole. The fourth inning is where things turned for the worst for the Sandiettes, as Harleton got a few runners on board before hitting a two-run double into deep left field.


With a runner on third, a Harleton player hit the ball into the infield and the Sandiettes relayed the ball to first base, but were unable to hold on to the throw and the runner was safe at first, allowing the runner on third to head home and score the fifth Ladycat run.


After allowing a sixth run, Lumbreraz got back into the zone and struck out the next two batters to get the final two outs of the inning. In the bottom of the fifth inning, after the Sandiettes failed to get a run in the top half, they found a way to keep their momentum high as they got a double play to end the inning.

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