CROSBY — With a clearer mind, the Angleton Ladycats put it all together Friday against Crosby as they run-ruled the Lady Cougars, 12-1, in the second game of their best-of-three series completing the sweep in the Class 5A Region III area round at Lady Cougar field.
Angleton (32-1) exploded for nine runs in the third inning with a couple of big bombs. But way before the contest started was probably the most important part for the Ladycats in the contest.
“We came out pretty flat yesterday and mentally and physically I thought we were pretty sluggish,” Angleton coach Cindy Rubio said. “So what I told them was that good thing we have tomorrow and I just told them to take the good and leave the bad and come out today and have a better day.”
The Ladycats listened as Allie Grill and Mia Scott got back to back hits with one out in the top of the first. With two outs and runners on second and third base, Angleton starting pitcher, Aaliyah Garcia, punched a grounder to the shortstop, who misplayed it as Grill and Scott scored for a quick 2-0 lead.
A leadoff single by Haylie Savage to start the second got things going in the right direction for Angleton again. With two outs, leadoff batter Danica Coffey chopped one over the third baseman to plate Savage and give the Ladycats a 3-0 advantage.
The Cougars did get one back in the bottom of the second as Maggie Herdejurgen scored on a grounder back to the pitcher to make it, 3-1. But Garcia settled down and left a runner stranded at third base.
In the top of the third, the Ladycats blew it open, sending 12 batters to the plate. The first three batters, Scott, Avery Farr and Garcia all singled with the score going to 4-1. With one out, Savage came to the plate and blasted freshman Grace Sparks’ first serving to her over the center-field wall to make it 7-1.
“It had been a while since we’ve had two long ones like that,” Rubio said. “Haylie Savage has felt a bit off the last couple of games and for her to come out and get a few hits and the home run was good.”
Savage had a 2-for-3 night with three RBIs.
A single by Mika Hinijosa started things off again for the Ladycats as Sparks exited the contest. Then Angel Jasso walked and Coffey came up and got a shot off the pitchers leg to drive one in and load the bases again.
Scott had a 2-1 count when she lifted the ball almost to the same spot Savage hit her shot to make it 11-1. It was Scott’s first-ever grand slam.
“I didn’t see the pitch, honestly,” Scott said afterward. “I just kind of swung.”
Scott also rebounded from a bad first game against the Cougars.
“Mia was a bit off yesterday and her home run just lifted her as well,” Rubio said.
Scott was 4-for-4 in the victory with four RBIs.
Garcia handled the circle by giving up just three hits, three walks and striking out five for the win.
Angleton heads to the region quarterfinals to face Santa Fe, which defeated Alvin Shadow Creek in the area round.
ANGLETON 8, CROSBY 6: In a best-of-three series against Crosby, it took a couple of lightning delays Thursday to get in the first game as the Angleton Ladycats took a one-game lead with an 8-6 victory in seven innings at home.
Tied up at 2-2 at the end of the first inning the Ladycats proceeded to add four more runs in the second with two more in the third for an 8-2 lead. But they had to hold on as Crosby scored four times in the top of the fifth.
Angleton outhit the Lady Cougars 11-6 as Crosby also had six errors during the contest.
Teagan Whitley led the Ladycat hitters with three hits with Haylie Savage contributing a couple as well. Mia Scott drove in two runs for Angleton
Aaliyah Garcia went all seven innings with nine strikeouts to get the victory.