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Woodville Lady Eagles comeback to advance

Woodville celebrates after defeating Garrison in the Regional Semi-finals.Woodville celebrates after defeating Garrison in the Regional Semi-finals.

by Jason Drake

The Lady Eagles faced the Garrison Lady Bulldogs in the regional quarterfinals round of the playoffs in AA Region III. On Friday, the weather forced a delay in the game. Tamera White gave the Lady Eagles a boost with a bases empty homerun in the seventh inning. It wasn't enough as the Lady Bulldogs dropped Woodville 3-1 in the opening game Friday. Shelby Mixon pitched a complete game giving up zero earned runs, six hits, two walks, and struck out four in the loss.

The loss dropped the Lady Eagles to 0-1, needing to win two games Saturday to advance.

Both the Lady Eagles and the Lady Bulldogs returned to Lufkin on Friday at 4:00 p.m. for game two. Garrison wasted no time taking the 1-0 lead in the first inning. The lead was short lived as Woodville scored two runs in the second inning and three runs in the third inning. Garrison started attacking Woodville in the third inning reducing the lead to 5-2 and took the lead in the fourth inning 7-5. Coach Mixon put Morgan Poncho in the rest of the way. Woodville went on to score eleven runs in the next two innings to secure the 16-8 victory. Both teams lit up the scoreboard scoring twenty four runs and twenty three hits. Poncho pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up one run for the win. Katelyn Watts, Avery Tolar and White combined for eight hits and five RBIs. The win tied the series at 1-2 with the final game being played at 7:15 p.m.

The Lady Eagles and Garrison both had scoring chances on Saturday, but it was Woodville that was able to capitalize on them as they pulled out the 9-4 victory. The Lady Bulldogs outhit Woodville 12-10, but stranded nine base runners. White led the Lady Eagles offensively reaching base three times, scoring three runs, and had a RBI. Mixon pitched a complete game allowing four runs, walking four and striking out three.

Garrison jumped out early for the third straight game taking the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. White's RBI double in the third inning and Kenzie Magallion's two run single gave Woodville the 3-1 lead. The Eagles added two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to ice the game. Woodville is now 29-4 on the season.

Woodville will face Salado in the semi-final round of the play-offs.

JuLisa Williams ended her senior season with her fourth trip to Austin in the state championship. Williams finished second in the shot put and sixth in the discus. This was Williams fourth year to throw the shot put and fist year to throw the discus at the state meet. Williams will take her throwing talents to Sam Houston State University next year.

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