Lady Dragons’ season ends vs. Lubbock Coronado

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Carroll probably realized that the odds of winning its Region I area playoff series against Lubbock Coronado last week were going to be difficult.

After all, Coronado was ranked No. 6 in the state coaches Class 5A poll and at one time held the No. 1 position. However, the Lady Dragons found some energy when they won Game 1, 2-1, behind Alex Schneider’s dominating performance.

Schneider homered and doubled and pitched a complete game to give the Lady Dragons the momentum they needed when they went into Saturday at Abilene Christian. However, the lesson learned in best-of-three series against a really good team is that you have to grind as long as they do.

Coronado turned it into a long day when it won Game 2, 4-1. It then ended the Lady Dragon’s season in the deciding game, 2-0. Carroll ended its season at 25-9.

For Schneider, she’s been a big threat regardless of the situation. She came into the series with four home runs and 45 RBIs. She was hitting .488. So she definitely gave her team a chance to win the series.

However, Carroll just couldn’t put together any sustained rallies in the final two games by scoring only one run. While offense hasn’t been in short supply this year, the game does become different in the postseason.

District 4-5A did reveal its depth. Midland eliminated Justin Northwest this weekend in three games. However, Richland and Keller advanced to the Region I quarterfinals with series sweeps. The Lady Rebels knocked out El Paso Americas. Keller handled El Paso Franklin.

While there will be some roster losses this year, coach Tim Stuewe has to like what he has coming back to the program, especially the right side. Gretchen Morgan will be a junior at first base. Nikki Spuria will be a junior at second base. Spuria entered the playoff series against Coronado batting .479.

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