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May 16, 2014

H.S. Softball: Grapeland cruises to victory in game one of the regional semifinals

PALESTINE —

Game one goes to the Sandiettes.

 

Grapeland finished game one with a 5-1 victory on Friday against Zavalla in Lufkin.

 

The Sandiettes got on the board quickly as they took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Grapeland’s Holly Musick drove in the first run of the game with an RBI sacrifice fly ball to right field to score her sister Whitney Musick.

 

The sisters led the way on offense with Whitney batting 2-for-3 in the game with two singles and an RBI sacrifice hit and Holly finished hitting 2-for-3 with her RBI sacrifice fly ball, an RBI double, a single and a stolen base.

 

On the mound for the Sandiettes was Baylee Lumbreraz. Lumbreraz, a junior, has been commanding the mound all season for the Sandiettes and Friday night was no different. She finished with double-digit strike outs on the night.

 

“Baylee did good on the mound tonight, and that’s typically what we expect of her,” said Grapeland coach Jim Dillard. “She’s our biggest defensive weapon. She does a great job every night, and we just hope that she can come back and repeat that same performance tomorrow night.”

 

In the third, the Zavalla Lady Eagles got on the board after the Sandiettes had a few errors in a row. But Lumbreraz finished off the inning after allowing just the one run.

 

The game wouldn’t stay tied for long as Grapeland got back on the board in the bottom of the third inning to retake the lead 2-1.

 

Grapeland would then go on to score two more runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning as it shutout Zavalla for the rest of the game.

 

Even with the win, Dillard said he isn’t taking the Lady Eagles lightly because Zavalla has been faced with a similar situation before. In fact, it was just last week.

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