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Lady Dogs overpower Onalaska in playoff round one

 

By Linda Jacobs and Beverly Cockrell

LUFKIN—The Corrigan-Camden High School Lady Dogs whipped up on Onalaska Lady Wildcats by taking the first two playoff games. A no-hitter by Katy Burris in Game 1 and an 11-hit performance in Game 2 provided the Corrigan Lady Dogs the edge in defeating cross-county foe Onalaska in the first round of the Class 3A state softball playoffs Thursday and Friday at Angelina College in Lufkin. Burris, a sophomore, dominated in the circle with 11 strikeouts, allowing only two base runners in a 15-0, five-inning runrule victory Thursday in the first game of a best-of-three series. Burris was equally impressive at the plate, getting on base in all of her four plate appearances with a single, RBI triple, RBI double and a walk. Hailey Nash went 2-4 with an RBI single in the second and a three-run double in an explosive seven-run fourth inning. Adding to the fireworks in the final frame for the Lady Dog offense was catcher Molly Rayborn with an RBI double, as well as RBI singles from teammates Alex Harrell and Audri Cuevas. The Onalaska Lady Cats bounced back in game two Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first off powerful swings from their leadoff and No. 2 batters, Brianna Cougot and Caroline Wiggins. Cougot hit a standup triple and scored on a wild pitch, while Wiggins sailed a pitch over the center field fence to stake an early lead. Unfortunately for the Lady Cats, pitcher Makenna Hughes would limit Onalaska to just three more hits in the ballgame. Heidi Gill singled in the first and added a double in the fourth, while Wiggins collected a single in the third. Hughes had strikeouts in all but one inning and would finish a 6-2 victory with nine Ks overall. Nash would lead the Corrigan offense in game two, going 3-4 with a single and a pair of doubles. Burris and Cuevas each singled twice, while Rayborn and K.K. Harrison registered RBI singles. Eryka Price provided the Lady Dogs with their first run of the game on an RBI double in the second frame. Harrell rounded out the hit department with a solo single in the fourth inning. "We didn't get that many hits yesterday and today we had 11 and scratched out runs every inning," said Corrigan head coach Michael Scoggin, whose team will face Hardin in round two of the playoffs next Friday in Porter. "We've got Hardin Friday in a double-header starting at 6 p.m. and a third game Saturday (TBA), if necessary." Scoggin commended both pitching performances and stated better base running would be key for a longer playoff run. Despite an early exit by Onalaska, head coach David Brown has reason to be excited about his team's future. "We're very young. I had a freshman at first base and a freshman in left field, so I'm happy with the year we've had. They've done well all year." Brown noted a better defensive effort by the squad, as well. "We went from eight errors (Thursday) down to one tonight and I'll take that. They played hard." The area round of playoffs will be against Hardin High School and played in Porter on Friday, May 5 and possibly Saturday, May 6. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students, and those under five years will get in free. The address of the venue is 22625 Sandy Lane in Porter. Come out and support the Lady Dogs!

 

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