Lady Hornets advance to second round
SAN ANTONIO -- After finishing atop the District 28-5A standings, the East Central Lady Hornet softball team entered the playoffs last week, and emerged with a first-round victory, setting up an area championship meeting with Smithson Valley.
East Central took on Warren in a single-game bi-district playoff last Friday night, and went home with a 7-3 victory. After giving up a single to the first batter of the night, the Lady Hornet defense held Warren scoreless in the top of the first inning, but took an early lead in the bottom of the frame.
After getting hit by a pitch, Kirsten Wiatrek started East Central’s first at-bat by reaching first base. Haydi Bugarin grounded out to shortstop, but Wiatrek moved over to second, and Taylor Doege brought her home with a triple to centerfield. Maddison Strunk followed up with a double to left to score Doege, and the Lady Hornets led 2-0 at the end of the first.
After a three-up, three-down showing for Warren, East Central went back to work, and scratched 3 runs in the inning. Stacia Lamey doubled to start the inning and Taylor singled to move her around. Both later scored on a Warren error. Bugarin homered to left for the third run, and things were going the way of East Central, as the team led 5-0.
The Hornets gave Warren little in the way of offense, pretty much sitting their opponents down as quickly as they stepped to the plate. East Central was also held scoreless in the third, but came back in the bottom of the fourth with 2 more runs by Wiatrek and Bugarin.
Warren eventually got something going in the top of the seventh, and scored 3 runs, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome the deficit, and the Lady Hornets easily won, 7-3.
Strunk picked up the win in the circle, striking out eight batters, while giving up just 3 earned runs. Doege led the team at the plate with four hits, including a triple. Bugarin had two hits and a home run, and Strunk and Lamey each hit doubles.
The team now advances to the area championship where they will face the Lady Rangers of Smithson Valley. The series will begin this Thursday, May 2, as the teams meet at the Mary Villareal Sports Complex in San Antonio.