Playoff roundup: Rodriguez shuts out Central, Lady Bulldogs lose to Grandview in instant classic

Playoff roundup: Rodriguez shuts out Central, Lady Bulldogs lose to Grandview in instant classic

The baseball and softball playoffs had plenty of big moments in the Pineywoods on Thursday night.

Grayson Rodriguez and the Central Heights Blue Devils would take down their rival Central 8-0 at Jaycees field in Nacogdoches. Rodriguez had 11 strikeouts and allowed one hit in the game. The Blue Devils hold a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 and possibly 3 will be back in Nacogdoches at Jaycees field on Saturday afternoon.

In a rematch of last years' regional final, Woden took down Groveton 10-0 in game 1 of their series. The Eagles' Drew Shifflet  pitched a complete game 1 hitter. Game 2 will be at Morris Frank Park in Lufkin on Friday at 5. If a game 3 is needed it will follow game 2.

In softball action, The Central Lady Bulldogs were looking to be only the third team in school history to make it to a regional final. The team had a win-or-go-home situation in Bryan against Grandview in a game that lived up to the hype.

Central jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and lead 5-2 in the fourth. The Lady Zebras would score 4 runs in the sixth to take their first lead of the game. With a runner on third and Jaryn Sprinkle representing the tiling run at the plate,  Grandview would get the strike out to end the game and win 8-6. Grandview extended their winning streak to 38 straight wins.

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