HORN SOFTBALL TAYLOR JOHNSON

Taylor Johnson and Horn saw their season come to an end on Friday as Wylie posted a 11-0 victory to complete a sweep of their Class 6A bi-district best-of-3 series.

Horn was back in the playoffs for the 15th time in its last 18 opportunities, but was looking to advance out of the first round for the first time since 2014.

Wylie, however, was not in a cooperating mood.

The 9-6A champion lived up to their No. 1 seeding, picking up a 11-0 victory on Friday to complete a sweep of their bi-district best-of-3 series at Wylie High School.

The Pirates (20-2) advance to the area finals where they will take on Mansfield Lake Ridge, while the Jaguars conclude their season with a 11-14 record.

Wylie had taken a 1-0 lead in the series with a 8-3 victory in the opener on Thursday.

Horn was supposed to host Game 2 at the Mesquite Girls Softball Complex, but due to the wet conditions, the venue was changed back to the Pirates’ home field.

As technically the visiting team, Wylie threatened in the top of the first inning when Devin Chaky reached on a one-out double, but Sophia Garcia was able to pitch around the base hit to retire the side.

The Jaguars put together a threat of their own in the bottom of the frame, as Miranda Salinas was hit by a pitch and Elizabeth Mendoza singled to center, but in a recurring theme, Averie Gunther escaped the jam with a strikeout, one of seven during the first three innings.

The Pirates threatened in the top of the second, as Sydney Murphy singled and Raina Doggett drew a walk, but Murphy induced a pop out and then struck out the following batter to keep it scoreless.

Unfortunately for Horn, their ability to escape danger without any damage did not last through the third inning, when Wylie exploded for 10 runs to blow it open.

Aubrey Brown got the rally started with a single and then with one out, Averie Gunther reached on an error, with Brown coming all the way around to score and a RBI single by MiKaylla Hoffman made it 2-0.

The floodgates opened from there, as Jordyn Merrett lined a run-scoring single to center, Doggett and Aubrie Gunther drew walks, Sarah Roberge drove in a pair of runs with a single and Brown plated two more with a triple.

Wylie was not finished as Chaky singled to right to drive in a run, Averie Gunther singled and Hoffman delivered a two-run triple to push the lead to 10-0.

The Pirates tacked on one more run in the top of the fourth when Merrett belted a solo home run to left-center field that made it 11-0.

That would be enough to put the run rule into effect, with Aubrie Gunther coming on in relief in the fifth to put it away.

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