They'd done it all season long, so there was no reason to think they weren't going to do it again.
Trailing 3-1 heading into their last at-bat, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners scored one run and put the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.
Unfortunately, the magic that wore blue and orange all season didn't appear, with AC unable to come up with the big hit in a 3-2 loss to Paris in Friday's opening game of the Region XIV tournament held at Roadrunner Complex.
Stacie Tassin – who took the hard-luck loss on the mound – opened the inning with a single, moving to second on a Jenna Richardson groundout. An Amanda Vincent single sent Tassin to third, and Amy Holt's RBI double into the left-field corner plated Tassin and left runners on second and third with two out.
But Paris third baseman Ashley Endsley speared Lauren Davis' sharp grounder to the hole, making the play for the final out and moving the Lady Dragons into the winner's bracket on Saturday.
Tassin pitched beautifully for AC, finishing with four strikeouts while allowing just four Paris hits in seven innings. However, a couple of uncharacteristic mental lapses led to a three-run third for the Lady Dragons. Endsley drew a one-out walk and moved to second on Lauren Smith's single to left. Tiffany Kenney hit a bouncer to the infield, but indecision on the play allowed all runners to reach safely, loading the bases for Sarah Long. Long's grounder drew a throw home, but a sliding Endsley jarred the ball loose, allowing two runs to score. Lady Dragon Megan Brigance drove in another run with a single to right, but AC right fielder Randi Rascoe nailed Long at home to end the inning.
AC got its first run in the top of the second, with Tassin drawing a leadoff walk, moving to second on a wild pitch and third on Kelseigh Braaton's sacrifice. Richardson lifted a fly to right to send Tassin home.
Following Paris' three-run third, Tassin and her defense were able to shut down the Lady Dragons the final four innings, but Carlock and her defense made sure those runs were just enough.
The Lady Roadrunners will play Alvin, which fell 6-2 to Blinn, at 12:30 on Friday.
In the rest of the action from Round 1, Galveston beat Lon Morris 6-2 and Navarro topped San Jacinto in 15 innings.
Friday's schedule will feature Lon Morris vs. San Jacinto at 10 a.m.; Angelina College vs. Alvin at 12:30 p.m.; Paris vs. Blinn at 3 p.m.; and Navarro vs. Galveston at 5:30 p.m.