Decatur walks off in softball regional final
PLAYOFF PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
Kelsi Tonips, Brock; Reagan Chism, Decatur
What they did: Bushland had one of the top offenses in the state, averaging 15 runs per game on the season and over 16 runs during its postseason stretch. But after Brock lost Game 1 and facing elimination, Tonips’ name was called for Game 2, delivering a complete game victory where she allowed just one run on three hits.
Tonips struck out four batters while Bushland left five runners on base. She threw 93 pitches and induced 10 fly-outs. Brock won that game 8-1 and then won Game 3 to secure a trip to state for the fourth straight season.
Chism, the SFA commit won her 13th and 14th straight games after sweeping Andrews in the 4A Region I final.
She threw a complete-game shutout with 13 strikeouts during a 7-0 win in Game 1. She came back and allowed one run with four strikeouts as the Eagles won 2-1 in Game 2 to clinch a spot at state for the first time since 2002.
Karlie Charles, The Colony: 14 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 17 K vs. Little Elm
Savanna DesRochers, Forney: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 10 K vs. Reedy
Dylann Kaderka, Keller: 7 IP 3 H, 1 R, 4 K in Game 1 vs. Eaton
HITTERS OF THE WEEK
Madison Gaston, Anna; JT Smith, Decatur
What they did: Is there any better feeling than a walk-off to send your team to the UIL softball state tournament? That’s what Gaston and Smith did for the Coyotes and Eagles, helping their programs snap significant droughts.
In a one-game semifinal series vs. North Lamar, Gaston drove a 1-1 pitch to right field to clinch Anna’s first trip to state in program history. She finished the night 2 for 4.
In Game 2 against Andrews, Smith hit a pitch past first base to drive in the walk-off run and send Decatur to state. Oddly enough, both teams square off in the 4A state semis at 9 a.m. Thursday in Austin.
Amanda DeSario, Keller: 4 for 6, HR, RBI vs. Eaton
Hannah Holdbrook, Forney: 2 for 3, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R vs. Reedy
Sadie Hewitt, Forney: 2 for 2, 4 RBI, 2 stolen bases vs. Reedy
Jayda Coleman, The Colony: 6 for 6, 5 runs, 6 stolen bases vs. Little Elm
Jacee Hamlin, The Colony: 4 for 6, double, triple, 2 RBI, 3 runs vs. Little Elm
Qua Fisher, Anna: 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI vs. North Lamar
Kennedy Crites, Eaton: 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI in Game 2 vs. Keller
Dylann Kaderka, Keller
Kenzlee Zaher, Eaton
Karlie Charles, The Colony
Micaela Wark, Reedy
Savanna DesRochers, Forney
Hayden Brown, Keller
Kallie Erwin, LD Bell
Piper Harness, Carroll
Byrdie Skipper, Boswell
Kaitlyn Derheim, McKinney North
Lexi Pope, Frisco Centennial
Alexis Jasso, Venus
Kinsey Kackley, McKinney Boyd
Bailey Brenek, Flower Mound
Trinity Cannon, Forney
Lauren Lucas, Little Elm
Reagan Hukill, Mansfield