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It's Round Three, Y'all!

 

By Linda Jacobs and Beverly Cockrell

PORTER— Corrigan-Camden Softball will play Central in the regional quarterfinals after victory on Friday night. The Corrigan-Camden Lady Dogs combined solid pitching and the long ball to defeat the No. 9 state-ranked Hardin Lady Hornets 2-1 and 4-1 in a best-of-three Class 3A Area playoff series Friday night in Porter. Game one featured a pitching duel between Katy Burris and Hardin's McKenna Fryar, who each struck out 15 in an epic 10-inning battle. The pitching on both teams was extremely brutal throughout the night. The game was eventually settled when Eryka Price hit a two-run homer in the top half of the 10th frame. The Lady Hornets didn't go down without a fight, however, as they singled twice and had base runners on first and third with one out. An error in the outfield allowed one run to cross home plate, but a nifty throw into third cut down what could have been the tying run. With a runner still in scoring position at second, the Lady Dogs recorded the final out of the game with a line drive to first baseman Makenna Hughes. Fryar had the Lady Dogs' number through the first seven innings, allowing just one hit, a double by Burris in the fourth inning. Singles by Audri Cuevas and Hailey Nash in the eighth and ninth innings, allowed a glimmer of things to come, as Fryar's dominance lessened. Hughes would lead off the Corrigan 10th and connected a Fryar pitch that sailed over the left field fence, but was a foot or two foul. She fouled off a couple more pitches before drawing a walk. K.K. Harrison reached on a fielder's choice, as Hughes was forced out at second. Fryar struck out Alex Harrell for the second out. Price, making her fourth trip to the plate with a pair of strikeouts and a pop to first base, sailed a two-run shot over left field to give the Lady Dogs the winning advantage. "It's exactly what we game-planned for all week," Bulldog head coach Michael Scoggin said. "We knew that their pitcher was going to be tough. We knew it was going to come down to the fifth, sixth, seventh inning, or maybe possibly more. "We knew that any one hit is a big hit for us, so we wanted to keep it close – one swing could change the game and that's exactly what happened." Fryar would record 14 of her 15 strikeouts in the first seven innings and faced just two extra batters. "She's an all-state pitcher, you have to give her credit. We just had to battle and had to see as many of her pitches as possible," said Scoggin. Burris, a sophomore, was equally good, allowing just five hits and one walk in the game. She had strikeouts in all but one inning and retired the side on strikeouts in the second and ninth frames. Burris also picked up the win in Game two, limiting the Lady Hornets to three hits and striking out eight in a 4-1 victory. Hughes would lead the offense, connecting for three of their 11 hits and knocked in a pair of runs, as did Price. Nash and Cuevas each had two hits for the winning Lady Dogs. "When the lights come on, we see (the ball) a lot better," commented Scoggin after game one. "I feel we're going to get quite a few more hits the second game." With the win, the Lady Dogs will advance to play the winner of the East Bernard/Pollok Central game in the regional quarterfinals. The Lady Dogs are looking forward to the regional quarterfinals, which will take place beginning this evening at Angelina Junior College. Game one will begin at 5 p.m. today and game two will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday. If needed, game three will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.

 

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