PLANO — Morgan Brooks threw a complete game and racked up four steals and four runs to lead East Texas Christian Academy to the state tournament with a 14-4 win over Fort Worth Bethesda on Thursday at Plano Prestonwood High School.
The Lady Panthers will play in the TAPPS 1A/2A softball state semifinals at noon Thursday in Waco.
Brooks struck out six, walked seven and allowed four runs on four hits in the circle and balanced that out by going 2 for 4 at the plate.
Margo Spencer and McKenzie Vernon each had two hits and two RBIs for ETCA while Destiny Radford managed two RBIs without a hit.
The Lady Panthers grabbed a 3-0 lead after one and doubled it to 6-0 after three. After Bethesda pulled within 8-4 through five, ETCA put six across in the bottom of the sixth to inforce the 10-run mercy rule and end the game.
TAPPS 1A/2A Regional Playoff
East Texas Christian Academy 14,
Fort Worth Bethesda 4
FW Bethesda 000 310 — 4 4 4
ETCA 303 116 — 14 9 2
W – Morgan Brooks. SB – ETCA: Brooks 4, McKenzie Vernon 2.
NEXT UP — ETCA vs. TBD, noon Thursday, Waco ISD Field No. 2.
Whitehouse gamble pays off in 10-9 win over Waxahachie
WAXHACHIE — The Whitehouse LadyCats made a risky call, but it turned out to be the right one a 10-9 win Friday.
Whitehouse leads its Class 5A area-round, best-of-three series 1-0 with Game 2 scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Whitehouse Softball Field.
Leading 10-8 in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs, Whitehouse pitcher Mahayla Mitchell intentionally walked Miranda Herron.
That made the score 10-9 and put the winning run on second base.
"She (Herron) had already hurt us once with a grand slam and we were not going to let her hurt us again," LadyCats assistant coach Jason Shuck said of the decision. "I told their coach afterward that was the first time I'd ever done that."
Mitchell struck out the next batter on a 1-2 change-up to end the game.
Class 5A Area Playoff
Whitehouse 10, Waxahachie 9
(Whitehouse leads series, 1-0)
Whitehouse 300 003 4 — 10 17 2
Waxahachie 000 106 2 — 9 9 2
Maggie Beard, Mahayla Mitchell (6) and Adie Rothwell; Talia Salinas and Anna Wilhoite. W – Mitchell. L – Salinas. 2B – WH: Rothwell 2, Micah Gray. HR – WAX: Salinas (solo, fourth); Miranda Herron (grand slam, sixth).
NEXT UP — Game 2: Waxahachie at Whitehouse, 2 p.m. Friday. Game 3, if necessary, 30 minutes following Game 2.
Van's Shelton no-hits Mabank, 12-0
Garin Shelton tossed a no-hitter leading the Van Vandals to a 12-0 win over Mabank on Friday in the first game of a Class 4A baseball bi-district series at Mike Carter Field.
The second game of the best-of-three series was rained out, but the teams are scheduled to play Saturday at a time to be determined.
All Saints falls in Game 3, 7-5
PLANO — All Saints' seventh-inning rally fell just short and the Trojans' hopes of reaching state ended with a 7-5 loss in Game 3 of a best-of-three TAPPS 4A regional playoff series against Fort Worth Christian on Friday afternoon at John Paul II High School.
All Saints (25-8) forced the third game by winning Game 2 6-3 Friday morning.
In the decisive Game 3, the Cardinals (25-11) scored three in the sixth and two in the seventh to take a 7-1 lead into the final half inning.
The Trojans battled back with four runs highlighted by a two-out, two-run double by Charlie Short, but couldn't complete the rally.
Short also drove in All Saints' first run, bringing in Michael Caruso to make it 2-1.
Parker Towns led the way for the Trojans in Game 2. The senior threw a complete game, allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk. He added a two-run double and three RBIs to his cause.
Charlie Short, Aston Francis and Jack Hamm all had two-hit games in the Trojans victory.
TAPPS 4A Regional Playoff
Fort Worth Christian 7, All Saints 5
(FW Christian wins series, 2-1)
FW Christian 200 003 2 — 7 5 1
All Saints 100 000 4 — 5 9 3
W – Stark. L – Coleton Oldham.
RECORDS — All Saints 25-8; Fort Worth Christian 25-11.
NEXT UP — Fort Worth Christian vs. TBD, 7 p.m. Thursday, Waco ISD Field No. 1.
All Saints 6, Fort Worth Christian 3
FW Christian 300 000 0 — 3 7 1
All Saints 103 002 x — 6 10 1
W – Parker Towns (8-2). 2B – AS: Towns.