Grapeland Sandiettes advance to the State Championship round

AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) – How about those Sandiettes?

The Grapeland girls were in action Thursday morning against Albany.  Both teams making their first ever appearance in the state softball tournament, but it was Grapeland who emerged the winner, beating the Lady Lions.

Summer Groholski pitched a 3-hitter and accepted her high school diploma from her dad on the field to celebrate Grapeland's 8-3 victory over Albany in the Class 1A state softball semifinals Thursday.

Groholski walked down the first base line after the win and was greeted by K.L. Groholski, who is also Grapeland's softball coach and superintendent.

The Houston signee struck out eight and drove in a pair of runs for Grapeland (27-9).

Jayde Westbrook had three hits and scored three runs for Grapeland.

Jami Schkade and Kathryn Hamilton each had a hit and scored a run for Albany (31-6).

That means they will play in the title game on Saturday.  Their opponent will be Shiner.

Shiner gathered up its 19 straight win early Thursday morning, 16-4, against Lindsay.  They are no strangers to the state tournament.    Shiner will be going for its fourth straight title in nine trips to the state tournament.  The last came in 2008.  The Sandiettes will be vying for their first.

The Grapeland – Shiner battle is set for 8:30 Saturday morning at the University of Texas' McCombs Field in Austin.

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