AUSTIN, Texas (KTRE) - The UIL Softball Championships got under way Wednesday morning at the University of Texas in Austin with the 2A semifinals.
The first match up of the day saw #4 West Sabine take on #1 Crawford. This was West Sabine’s first trip to state while Crawford was looking for their 3rd state tile. Sadly West Sabine came up two runs short from ending Crawford’s season.
Crawford took an early 3-0 lead in the first. The Lady Tigers answered back in the top of the second inning with a Susan Muncrief hit to left that scored two runs to make it a 3-2 game.
In the Lady Pirates half of the second inning, the first batter would be walked but then the next three were retired to keep the score the same.
In the top of the third inning West Sabine was able to load the bases but Crawford would get a strike out to end the inning. In the bottom of the third, Crawford stranded two runners on base.
The game would change in the top of the 4th inning. Crawford made a pitching change and West Sabine took advantage. Harlie Franklin would get an RBI double to tie the game at 3. That was followed by Kaleigh Anderson getting an RBI sacrifice fly to make it 4-3 and then Haley Primrose would follow that up with an RBI single to extend the West Sabine lead to 5-3.
In the bottom of the 4th, senior Hannah Spring was able to get two straight strike outs to send the Lady Pirates right back into the field.
But the 5th inning would be different for Crawford as they score 3 runs to retake the lead 6-5.
West Sabine was looking to tie the game in the sixth. With Muncrief on third, they were unable to do so when Crawford’s right fielder Lexi Moody made a great diving catch for the final out of the inning. Crawford took a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
That’s where the score would stay heading into the seventh inning and with runners on first and second, the Lady Tigers hit into a double play to end the game.
West Sabine still can be proud. Their season finished at 31-6 and the team will go down as the first ever to go to the state tournament.