Lady Wolves advance to Region I finals

05/19/2014 11:36 AM

05/19/2014 11:37 AM

The Timberview softball team picked apart an otherwise area toughie, Richland, en route to a two-game sweep in the regional semifinals last week.

The Lady Wolves are now just one step away from the state tournament’s final four.

To get to the tournament in Austin, Timberview will have to get past Lubbock Coronado in the Region I finals.

Timberview (29-6) posted a Game 1 win over Richland on Thursday, 8-2 and then a 3-1 win on Friday.

The Lady Wolves scored five runs in the first win over Richland in the third inning to keep the momentum on their side.

Standout sophomore pitcher Mariah Denson kept the Rebels at bay, working with the lead and continued confidence in her defense.

Timberview head coach, Donya Mooney said once the Lady Wolves tacked on the five runs, she felt very confident her squad would ride out the game in victory.

“Obviously, with Mariah in the circle, we feel we have a chance to win,” Mooney said.

Although Denson wasn’t 100 percent due to an ankle injury sustained in last week’s series win over Lewisville, she was able to show the determination which has made her one of the top players in the area.

In addition to picking up her 25th win of the season, Denson also collected a double in the first game and had two RBI which were critical in Game 2.

Coronado, one of the state’s top seven ranked teams, had to fight through three games before getting past Flower Mound in their semifinals match up. Coronado won the first game 5-1, lost Game 2, 2-1 and then managed a 1-0 victory to take the series.

Timberview will now face the Mustangs in a possible Thursday, Friday and if necessary third game later on Friday, as Coronado’s graduation is on Saturday. Abilene Christian University is the probable site, although final arrangements were unavailable at the press deadline.

Having wrapped up their semifinals series in two games gave Timberview much-needed rest and also afforded the Lady Wolves staff a chance to watch the Coronado-Flower Mound game.

Mooney said her 10th-ranked Lady Wolves should match up well with the Mustangs.

Should Timberview earn its way to the state tournament, the draws will be made based on seedings from team records and then coin flips.

“We’ll monitor the girls’ sleep, rest and hydration,” Mooney said of the week’s routine. “It’s all about health at this stage, not stats. You’re still dealing with 16-year old kids, so you never know (how things will play out).”

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