WYLIE — Jessica Bridges allowed a run on three hits with 11 strikeouts and two walks and also drove in two runs as Sherman kept its playoff hopes alive with an 8-1 victory over Wylie East in District 10-5A action on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bearcats (8-19, 3-6) would have been eliminated with a loss. Instead Sherman is now tied with Wylie East (7-16, 3-6) for the fourth postseason berth going into the season finale. The Lady Cats host first-place McKinney North on Thursday while East hosts third-place Denison.
If the teams are tied, they will play a tie-breaker to determine who will advance. A Sherman win and East would clinch the spot for the Lady Cats.
Ashley Boatright was 2-for-3 with a double, drove in a run and scored twice, Jessica Shrum was 2-for-3, walked, drove in a run and scored, Kaitlyn Bang doubled, walked and scored, Kaitlin Caver singled, walked and scored twice and Emma Jones walked twice, drove in a run and scored for Sherman.
Lovejoy 8, Denison 1
In Lucas, Elizabeth Linwood was 2-for-2 with a double and walked during third-place Denison’s loss against second-place Lovejoy in 10-5A action on Tuesday night.
Ashlinn Hamilton tripled and scored, Madison Carter drove in a run and Hannah Koch singled for the Lady Yellow Jackets (17-10, 5-4), who are locked into third place and will face the District 9-5A runner-up in the playoffs next week. Denison closes out the regular season at Wylie East on Thursday.
Leah Taylor was 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice for Lovejoy (10-15, 7-2), which clinched second place with the victory.
Pilot Point 1, S&S 0
In Sadler, Lauren Jaresh allowed an unearned run on two hits with nine strikeouts and two walks during S&S’ loss against Pilot Point in a battle for sole possession of second place on Monday.
Kaylee Baker tripled and Haylee Mahan and Riley Marshall singled for S&S (13-8, 7-4), which is now a game behind Pilot Point (15-13, 8-3) with a game to play. The Lady Rams are at Pottsboro on Friday to close out the regular season. If S&S and Pilot Point, which finishes at home against Ponder, are tied they will need to determine the second and third seeds for the playoffs.
Christine Billmeier threw a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks for Pilot Point, which scored the only run in the second quarter.
Bells 10, Blue Ridge 0 (5)
In Bells, Alexis Tanguma threw a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks while driving in two runs and scoring twice as Bells finished off an undefeated district run with a victory over Blue Ridge on Tuesday night.
Cheyenne Floyd was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI, Bella Smith was 2-for-3 with a double, homer and scored twice, Chesney Blount was 2-for-2, drove in a run and scored, Gabby Smith doubled, drove in a run and scored and Victoria Azevedo singled, drove in a run and scored for Bells (28-0, 12-0), which will open the playoffs against the fourth seed from District 9-3A next week.
Courtney Hopper and Kyla Rice singled for Blue Ridge (5-6, 8-14), which will clinch a playoff spot with a victory at Van Alstyne in the district finale on Tuesday. A loss will mean a tie-breaker is needed between the two teams for fourth place.
Whitewright 18, Van Alstyne 8
In Van Alstyne, Natalie Alexander was 4-for-5 with two doubles, drove in a run and scored three times as second-place Whitewright defeated Van Alstyne in district action on Tuesday night.
Sage Harlow was 3-for-6 with a double, three RBI and scored three times, Madie Rohre was 3-for-4 and a home run shy of the cycle with three RBI, Makayla Alexander was 3-for-4 and scored twice, Hannah Williams was 2-for-4 and scored three times and Hayden Thompson was 2-for-5, drove in two runs and scored twice for Whitewright (20-5, 9-2), which closes out the season against Howe.
Jenna Williams was 2-for-3 and scored twice, Kelsie Adams was 2-for-4 with a double, drove in a run and scored, Alyssa Jennings singled and drove in two, Alyssa Taylor singled and scored and Abby Lange doubled for Van Alstyne (12-14, 4-7), which hosts Blue Ridge on Thursday night needing to win to force a tie for fourth place and a play-in game for the district’s final playoff berth. Blue Ridge will clinch with a victory.
Collinsville 10, Chico 0 (6)
In Collinsville, Carrie Johnson threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and a walk as third-place Collinsville defeated fifth-place Chico in district action on Tuesday.
Gracie Cavin was 3-for-3 with a double, three RBI and scored twice, Katy Claytor was 2-for-3, drove in a run and scored, Brookelyn Haning was 2-for-3 with a double and scored, Lexi Roberts drove in two runs and Talon Andrews doubled, walked and scored twice for Collinsville, which closes out district play by hosting second-place Lindsay at 10 a.m. on Friday. The Lady Pirates can force a tie for second place with a victory, otherwise they will enter the playoffs as the third seed.
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Texoma Christian 12, Dallas First Baptist 0 (5)
Bri Yale was 3-for-4 and a triple shy of the cycle as first-place Texoma Christian clinched a playoff spot with a run-rule win over First Baptist in district action at home on Tuesday.
Bailey Yale was 2-for-2 with a home run and walked for Texoma Christian (8-0, 5-0), which plays at First Baptist on Thursday.
In district play on Monday, TCS earned a 16-0 win in three innings against Dallas Lakehill. Tinsley Love was 3-for-3 with three home runs, Bri Yale was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple and Tori Jobes was 3-for-3 with a double for the Lady Eagles.