By Shane Farmer
Special to the Corsicana Daily Sun
Game 2: Mildred 5, Salado 4
The Mildred Lady Eagles survived to play another game Saturday in their area round playoff series with the Salado Lady Eagles.
After losing the first game on Friday 8-3, the Lady Eagles came from behind in game two on Saturday to force a decisive game three.
Down 2-0 in the fourth inning, Savannah Pritchett drew a lead-off walk and Brianna Weaver layed down a sacrifice bunt to advance her to second. Morgan McCreary then hit an RBI single to leftfield to make the score 2-1.
In the fifth inning, Maddie Moore hit a lead-off double and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Salado left-fielder. Olivia Farmer then drove in Moore to tie the game at 2-2. Joanna Tapley then singled to rightfield and took second on an error by the rightfielder. With runners at second and third with one out, Callie Bland hit a hard grounder to the Salado shortstop. Pinch-runner Lauren Hawkins broke for home on the play and after a collision at home plate, the ball was knocked loose and she was safe. Tapley, seeing the catcher laying on the ground and the ball loose, never slowed down and crossed the plate for a 4-2 lead.
Salado would score one run in the bottom of the fifth inning and the score remained 4-3 until the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh, Farmer singled to start the inning and then stole second. Tapley then hit and RBI single and the Eagles led 5-3 going to the bottom of the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Salado was able to score one run on three hits but a grounder to Pritchett at first-base ended the game. Aubyn Turner picked up the win on the mound for Mildred.
Mildred 000 130 1--5 8 0
Salado 101 010 1--4 9 4
WP: Aubyn Turner
Top hitters: M-Maddie Moore 1-4 (2B, run), Olivia Farmer 2-3 (2B, RBI, 2 runs), Joanna Tapley 2-4 (RBI, run), Savannah Pritchett 2-3 (run), Morgan McCreary 1-4 (RBI).
Records: Mildred 25-8-1, Salado 31-6
Game 3: Mildred 7, Salado 6
The Mildred Lady Eagles wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in game three Saturday against Salado. Maddie Moore reached on an error and was sacrificed to second by Callie Bland. Olivia Farmer then lined and RBI double to right-centerfield for a 1-0 lead.
Mildred scored another run in the bottom of the second inning on a walk, sacrifice, and an error to make the score 2-0 after two innings.
Salado scored a run in the top of the third inning to bring the score to 2-1. In the bottom half of the inning, Farmer smashed the first pitch over the leftfield wall and into the trees for a 3-1 lead.
The Lady Eagles added to their lead in the fourth inning, when Abbie Burnham was hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI double by Bland.
Mildred would score two more runs in the sixth inning. Burnham and Moore both singled and Bland hit her second RBI double. Farmer then drove in her third run of the game making the score 6-1 after six innings.
In the seventh inning, Salado refused to go down without a fight. Mildred pitcher Joanna Tapley recorded the first out on a strikeout but an error gave Salado some hope. Tapley walked the next batter and after a single to center-field, the score was 6-2. Salado would then load the bases and the next batter hit a grand-slam over the right-field wall just inside the foul pole to make the score 6-6. Mildred would retire the next two batters and head to the bottom of the seventh tied at 6-6.
In the seventh, Morgan McCreary lined a single to leftfield and went to second on a throwing error by the catcher. Savannah Pritchett then drove a 2-0 pitch to centerfield for the game winning RBI and the Lady Eagles' series victory.
Mildred will face Bruceville-Eddy in the next round of the playoffs.
Salado 001 000 5--6 5 4
Mildred 111 102 1--7 11 4
WP: Olivia Farmer
Top hitters: M-Maddie Moore 1-2 (2 runs), Callie Bland 2-4 (2 2B, 2 RBIs), Olivia Farmer 2-4 (HR, 2B, 3 RBIs, run), Morgan McCreary 3-4 (2B, run), Savannah Pritchett 1-3 (RBI, run), Abbie Burnham 2-2 (2 runs).
Records: Mildred 26-8-1, Salado 32-6