Class 2A Region III
Linden-Kildare 4, Troup 1
MARSHALL — Linden-Kildare waited until its final at bat Saturday to beat Troup, 4-1, and sweep the best-of-three Class 2A Region III softball semifinals series at Lady Mavs Stadium.
Linden-Kildare (30-3) plays Mineola for the regional title and state tournament berth at a time and site to be determined.
Things looked bleak for L-K going into the seventh inning down 1-0 and the 7-8-9 batters scheduled to hit. But after losing pitcher Josee Ross retired the leadoff batter, pinch hitter Logan Wilson blooped an infield hit over Ross’ head, Quala Love bunted for a hit and the comeback was on.
Taylor Wells then lined Ross’s 3-2 pitch to left field. The ball rolled to the fence when the Troup left fielder missed a diving attempt at a catch with both runners scoring and Wells reaching third with a triple.
Shardai Love drove a Ross fastball over the left fielder’s head for L-K’s third triple of the game and she later stole home.
Wells, who retired 16 batters in a row after Ross doubled home Troup’s only run in the first inning, allowed a runner on L-K’s only error in the bottom of the seventh, but got a force out before fanning the final two batters. She finished with a four-hitter, eight strikeouts and a single walk.
Troup finished the season at 30-8.
L-K 000 000 4 — 4 7 1
Troup 100 000 0 — 1 4 2
Taylor Wells and Shanice Love. Josee Ross and Miranda Flora. W – Wells. L – Ross.
Class 1A Region III
Carlisle 7, Maud 1
HARLETON — Carlisle defeated Maud 7-1 to sweep their Class 1A Region III quarterfinal series on Saturday at Harleton High School.
Carlisle (23-2), ranked No. 7 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Class A state poll, advances to the Region III semifinal round to play Dallardsville Big Sandy in a one-game series. The time, date and site of the game is to be determined. Maud ended its season with a 17-9 record.
Winning pitcher Shadow Sanders (5-0) pitched five innings, allowed four hits with no walks and two strikeouts. He went 2 for 4 at the plate, batting .571 for the series.
Class 2A Region III
Edgewood Wins Twice To Bounce White Oak
KILGORE — Daniel Sharff and Trey Jameson ripped back-to-back two-run doubles in the top of the seventh inning to propel Edgewood to a 12-7 win over White Oak in the decisive game of the series, a few hours after the Bulldogs won 11-3 in Game 2 to force the rubber match.
Jameson was 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs in Game 3. Sharff’s go-ahead double was his only hit of Game 3, but he went 3 for 5 with two RBIs in Game 2. Sharff and Jameson combined to go 8 for 19 with seven RBIs and three doubles in Saturday’s doubleheader.
Edgewood 411 100 5 - 12 16 4
White Oak 000 421 0 - 7 8 7
W - J. Sharff. L - Wilkinson. 3B - WO: McCurdy. 2B - E: Jameson 2, D. Sharff.
Edgewood 003 002 6 - 11 10 2
White Oak 010 100 1 - 3 7 5
W - J. Sharff. L - Owens. 2B - E: Bundy, Smith, Benton, Hunter; WO: Newton, Ferguson, Frazier.