By DR. DAVID DAVIS
The Dawson Lady Eagles were the No. 4 seed in the playoffs after finishing in fourth place in the District 23-6A standings while the Alvin Lady Yellowjackets entered the post-season as the No. 7 state-ranked 6A team and District 24-6A champions.
But each team begins the playoffs with a 0-0 won/loss record.
Dawson and Alvin agreed to a best of three series with the winner needing to win at least two games to advance.
Also making the series interesting was that Alvin head coach David McCorkle was the former head coach at Dawson two years ago so he was fully aware of the competition.
Both teams wanted to take control of the series in the first game and it took 10 innings for a winner to emerge.
It would be Dawson who would battle for a 2-1 win to put the pressure on Alvin in a must-win situation to stay in the playoffs.
Alvin scored a run in the top of the first for a 1-0 lead and then the Lady Eagles tied up the game in the bottom of the third 1-1 when Kyra Lunford drove in the game-tying run.
Dawson sophomore pitcher Courtney Day shut out the Lady Yellowjackets for the next nine innings in pitching a three-hitter. Day also struck out eight in her 10 innings of work.
The game was finally decided when Isabella Richey delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting No. 4 seed Dawson to a 2-1 win over top-seeded Alvin in a Class 6A bi-district softball game at the Dawson complex.
Amber Langston tripled to start the 10th inning, and the Lady Eagles eventually loaded the bases with one out before Richey drove in the decisive run.
Langston, who scored both runs, had three of Dawson’s five hits while Lundford drove in the other Lady Eagle run in the third inning.
The loss spoiled a fine pitching performance from Alvin’s Rachel Hertenberger who struck out 11 in 9 1/3 innings.
The win gave Dawson the edge in the series.
Dawson 7 – Alvin 3
It came as no surprise that the game between Dawson and Alvin would be another battled. For Dawson, they were in control of the best-of-three series while Alvin was in a must-win position.
Dawson took an early 2-0 lead in the opening frame and increased the lead to 3-0 after two innings, but Alvin fought back with a run in their half of the second and then tied up the game 3-3 in the third inning.
After two scoreless innings by both teams, Dawson broke open the game with four runs in the sixth for a 7-3 lead.
Kirsten Williams reached base on a one-out error before Amber Langston delivered a run-scoring double to break the tie for a 4-3 lead.
Dawson pitcher Courtney Day helped her own cause with a triple in right center to plate Langston making the score 5-3.
Kyra Lunford worked Alvin pitcher Rachel Hertenberger for a walk placing runners at first and third.
Hero of game one, Isabella Richey singled to centerfield to score pinch runner Alexia Mullen, who was running for Day, and Lunford increasing the lead to 7-3.
Day would toughen up over the next two innings to end the season for Alvin and send Dawson to the next round.
The sophomore pitcher allowed Alvin six hits, three runs, four strikeouts and three walks to pick up the win.
Hertenberger took the loss after allowing seven runs, on nine hits with 12 strikeouts and four walks.
Langston was 2-of-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Day was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Richey was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Lunford was 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Gabriella Chacon was 2-for-3 with one run scored.