The Farmer softball team was run-ruled Friday night losing game two to Plano West 11-0, ending their playoff action.
The Farmer baseball team lost to Flower Mound 10-2 and Hebron beat Carroll 4-3. Farmers will play Hebron Saturday at noon in The Colony to determine 4th place and the last playoff spot.
By MIKE IBANEZ
The Lewisville High School softball team lost the first of a best-of-three playoff series with Plano West on Thursday, two days after the Farmer baseball team dropped its district series opener with Flower Mound.
The losses set up a nerve-wracking Friday night of action in which the softball team traveled to Plano needing a win to extend its series and the baseball team required either a win at Flower Mound or a Hebron loss to Southlake Carroll to claim District 5-6A’s fourth and final playoff spot.
Results of Friday’s action were not available at press time. Check The Lewisville Texan’s Twitter or Facebook for results.
The Farmers softball team was able to scratch out a run against Plano West’s Sierra Lange, but it wasn’t enough in a 6-1 loss. Lange, who finished the regular season with a 0.77 ERA, struck out 11 to earn the win.
Lange was matched admirably by Farmer ace Makayla Corbin, who pitched a complete-game five-hitter and surrendered only one earned run. Errors led to five unearned Lady Wolves runs.
Kaylee Rodriguez, who had three hits on the night, singled up the middle with two outs in the fifth inning to score Katrina Jackson for Lewisville’s only run. Jackson had doubled to left and moved to third on Haven Grider’s groundout.
Plano West earned the victory on the strength of three Farmer errors, including uncharacteristic overthrows by infielders to first base. The Lady Wolves also put constant pressure on the LHS defense by stealing five bases.
The two teams played game two at Plano West on Friday night. An LHS win would force a decisive third game at Frisco Reedy on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
By Saturday morning, the LHS baseball team will know its postseason fate.
A win over Flower Mound would have ensured a playoff spot, but the Farmers were run-ruled 15-1. The loss, coupled with a Hebron win over Southlake Carroll, shrunk LHS’ lead over the Hawks to one game with each team playing their final regular-season game on Friday.
Ben Miller picked up the loss for LHS after giving up five runs in just one inning of work. Angelo Gennari took over in the second inning and gave up four more runs in a little over one inning of work.
All three Farmer hits came off Flower Mound starter Austin Wallace. A trio of Jaguar relievers retired nine of the 10 hitters they faced over the final three innings.
Patrick Bethea reached on an infield single to lead off the bottom of the first for LHS and scored the Farmers only run when he was brought in on a Caleb Vuono double. Alan West had the only other hit for LHS.
Any combination of an LHS win or Hebron loss on Friday will ensure that the Farmers will make their first playoff appearance in nine years.
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