CONROE — One more win, and Reicher will make it two in a row.
Two state championships, that is.
Katie Young banged out three hits and Kylee Benton provided some sturdy pitching in the circle, and the Lady Cougars clawed past Austin Hyde Park, 8-3, in the TAPPS state softball semifinals Thursday at the Scrap Yard Complex. Reicher (23-8) moves on to play Houston Lutheran South in Friday’s 2 p.m. title game, looking for its second consecutive state trophy and the fourth in program history.
Benton (19-5) turned in another strong outing, scattering six hits over seven innings while striking out five and walking none.
The Lady Cougars took a 2-0 lead in the second on Kelsey Childs’ two-run double. Hyde Park (30-10) pulled to within 4-3 in the fourth, but Reicher gave itself ample breathing room with a four-run seventh highlighted by RBI hits from Megan Mendiola and Young.
Vanguard rallies, clinches 3A title game
CONROE — In a matchup of defending state champions, Vanguard moved a step closer to another one.
Vanguard used a four-run fifth inning to take the lead for good and vanquish Lubbock Christian, 9-7, in the Class 3A TAPPS state softball semifinals Thursday at the Scrap Yard Complex. The Lady Vikings advance to face Schertz John Paul II at 2 p.m. Friday for the state championship.
Vanguard won state in the Class 1A/2A division last year, while Lubbock was the reigning 3A champ.
Lubbock Christian snatched a 4-3 lead after three innings, but the Lady Vikings refused to succumb. Vanguard scored four in the fifth and added two more in the sixth to move ahead, and Lubbock Christian’s three-run rally in the final inning fell short.
Kayla Haberman and Lexi Newman combined for four extra base hits and seven RBIs to power Vanguard’s hitting attack.
The Lady Vikings also managed to overcome three errors in the win.
Bulldogs win Game 1 vs. Mart
Will Carpenter was 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs and Bosqueville unloaded six runs in the third inning to topple Mart, 8-3, in Game 1 of their playoff series Thursday.
Brock Kelly added another two RBIs for the Bulldogs, who take an early lead in the best-of-three series. Josh Carter also picked muliple hits, going 2-for-3.
Bret Mathis recorded the win on the mound for Bosqueville.