Relive the action here. The back-to-back home runs listed in the article can be found at the 47:20 mark.
The story of the bi-district round of playoffs for our Lady Hornets revolved around the rain. The threat of it Thursday night and Friday afternoon forced changes to the scheduling of game number two, however Friday night after we finished playing the storm finally came.
Storms were no longer a possibility but a reality. The same happened for the Lady Hornets in a win or go home situation at Jasper High School. The threat of a dominant team showing up became a reality on Saturday afternoon.
Sure, the Lady Hornets defeated Center Thursday night 4-1. What's not accounted for is that our bats only produced 3 hits that evening. It was not the prettiest of wins. Fortunately, we drew 8 walks in the contest and Peyton Foster dominated on the rubber. Foster allowed only 1 run and 3 hits on the night, striking out 17 batters.
The lack of momentum on the offensive end of things carried over to the game Friday evening. McKayla Hubbard pitched the game of her season to keep the Lady Riders alive, in a 1-0 win. She tossed a complete game shut out, holding the Lady Hornets to 4 hits. We simply could not get things going despite a solid 4 innings, 1 earned run from Camryn Nerren and 2 innings of relief from Foster.
Then came the rain. Friday night included a string of severe thunderstorms all throughout East Texas. Thunder, lightning, wind, hard rain, tornados....you name and it was present. The threat of rain that had been rumored had finally made it's appearance.
Saturday, the Lady Hornets made their appearance in game 3 of the series well known. Center jumped off to a quick start, getting 2 runs before the first out of the game, but that spark would be short lived. The Lady Hornets came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st off of a RBI driven in to score Amzee Gerard by Emily Bufkin and Katelyn Hanks stealing home.
Peyton Foster would settle in throughout the rest of the game and not allow any other runs, striking out 11, and only giving up 4 hits total. Then came the Lady Hornets thundering with the bats. The freshman combo of Amzee Gerard and Campbell Selman has been effective all season long, and the bottom of the 3rd proved it true once again.
Gerard would get on base with a single to lead things off. Campbell Selman then stepped up to provide the excitement that the playoffs are all about. With a 1-2 count, Hubbard left a pitch over the dead middle of the plate and Selman would punish it, sending the ball back to it's room, located over the fence in the left-center field grass. 4-2 lead for the Lady Hornets.
Just as the fans had settled down from the whooping and hollering, Katelyn Hanks would have to get everyone all rattled up again. On the third pitch of the at-bat, Hanks saw the pitch she was looking for and drove it out over the left field wall. Back-to-back jacks for the Lady Hornets. 5-2 at the end of the 3rd.
From that moment on, the Lady Hornets wouldn't look back and Center was down for the count. But Hudson still had oh, just another 5 runs in them. 5 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and an error. A total team effort. The game was over at that point. 10-2 was the final score and the threat of a pretty good district 20-4A champion showed themselves as the real deal.
When it rains, it pours. And let's hope the Lady Hornets continue to storm through the upcoming opponents in their path.
*MORE DETAILS REGARDING THE AREA ROUND OF PLAYOFFS WILL BE RELEASED EARLY THIS WEEK VIA SOCIAL MEDIA. STAY TUNED.