HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference.
Heading into the sixth inning of an intense showdown between Woden and Grapeland, assistant coach Lance Taylor told head coach Kim Cox they should consider a bunt by Briley Watkins. The move worked as Watkins was able to lay it down and beat the play to first.
After that the Woden bats woke up and the Lady Eagles plated three runs and that was all they needed as they won 3-0 over the Sandiettes.
“Once we got into scoring position with one out we felt a little more comfortable,” Cox said. “We got fired up and stopped being scared at the plate and started thinks,' Okay this is my time to do something.'”
Coach Cox decided to go with senior Reece Taylor on the mound and have Amber Allen as a backup plan. Both have been valuable all year and it seems the move worked tonight with Taylor getting the shutout win.
“We have been splitting pitching time,” Cox said. “I decided to change it up today. I was going to go as long with Reece as I needed to and she just kept them so off beat I was just like, 'I am sticking with her. I could not be more proud of her.”
Now Woden will turn their attention to Lovelady. If the Lady Eagles want to get back to state they will still need to get past several more teams that are good including a possible regional final against district rival West Sabine.
The Regional quarterfinal between Woden and Lovelady will be May 10, 7 pm at Hudson High School.