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May 18, 2013

H.S. Softball Playoffs: Grapeland, Joaquin split games Friday



Grapeland scored their 10th run of the night on a RBI double by Watson, scoring Riess, and giving the Sandiettes a commandinng 10-4 lead.

A RBI double in the fifth off the bat of Frauenberger gave the Sandiettes an 11-4 lead, and a RBI single from Bruner would make it a 12-4 cushion.

Joaquin would then begin their comeback. The Lady Rams would score five runs with two outs, giving the underdogs new life in the game one with the score 12-9.

Joaquin would make things interesting in the seventh by scoring again, and moving the tying run to second base. Sandiette pitcher Baylee Lumbreraz would lock down and seal the win from there.

Game 2 got off to a good start for Grapeland, as Westbrook opened the inning with a single. After a the single the Sandiette would steal second and third base before scoring on a throwing error to give the Sandiettes an early 1-0 lead.

Joaquin would turn up the intensity from there, taking advantage of walks, passed balls and wild pitches, as the Lady Rams would score a run in each of the first three innings to take a 3-1 lead.

The Sandiettes would get back on the board in the sixth inning, cutting the deficit to one, and loaded the bases with two outs after the Lady Rams intentionally walked Shaw. The gamble worked as Frauenberger would line out on a hard hit ball to centerfield to end the inning.

After giving up a run in the bottom of the sixth, the Sandiettes would challenge again in the top of the seventh. Grapeland again got a pair of runners on in Brown and Watson, but were unable to convert, as Paige Sullivan struck out swinging to end the game.

The Sandiettes out-hit Joaquin 9-7 in Game 2, but struggled with runners in scoring position. Grapeland left five runners on base in the last two innings, as they were unable to come back and pick up the sweep.

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