ROWLETT SOFTBALL RILEY SMITH

Riley Smith and Rowlett saw their season come to an end on Thursday as Rockwall completed a sweep of its Class 6A best-of-3 series with a 22-5 victory.

Rowlett knew it faced a tough task in the opening round of the softball playoffs.

As the fourth seed, the Eagles drew 10-6A co-champion Rockwall, who was flying high after posting a seeding victory over rival Rockwall-Heath on Monday to secure the top seed.

There are times when seeding does not matter, but unfortunately for Rowlett, this was not one of them, as the Yellowjackets (23-4) completed a two-game sweep of the Eagles (10-11) in their Class 6A best-of-3 bi-district series with a 22-5 victory on Thursday at Rockwall.

The Yellowjackets move on to face the winner of the Mansfield/Belton series in the area round next week.

Facing elimination, Rowlett did not help its own cause, as 11 errors led to a slew of unearned runs.

Rockwall jumped to the early lead in the top of the first inning, as Ava Wallace had a RBI single and Ashley Monks belted a two-run home run to make it 4-0.

The Eagles scratched across a run in the bottom of the frame, as Riley Smith singled, Sarabe Andrade drew a walk and Charley Wilson singled home a run to cut it to 4-1. Rowlett was poised for more, but a double play ended the rally.

The Yellowjackets continued to make the most of their opportunities, taking advantage of errors to score four times in the second, and they went back to work in the third, as Audra Henderson singled home a run and Ashley Minor went deep with a two-run shot to push the lead to 15-1.

The Eagles never gave up and tried to plug away, as in the bottom of the third, Smith walked and Wilson delivered a RBI triple. Wilson then scampered home on a passed ball to cut it to 15-3.

But Rowlett was unable to find a way to slow down the Rockwall offense, as Carter Smith had a run-scoring double to highlight a five-run fourth inning, and Zoe Quinn added a two-run double in the fifth to extend the advantage to 22-3.

The Eagles went down swinging, as Andrade and Wilson reached on base hits and Jaidyn Barnyard walked to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth.

Makayla Ainsworth drove in a run with a RBI single and Liliana Yerena plated another with a sacrifice fly to make it 22-5, but that is all Henderson would allow, and she closed out the sweep.

Rockwall had taken the opener on Wednesday with a 16-0 victory.

Ainsley Pemberton was in control on the mound, striking out nine and not allowing a hit over five innings.

Brooke Barron scored three runs for the Yellowjackets, with Smith, Roxy Thompson and Laci Larsen each driving in a pair.

Lydia Cortinas had the lone base hit for the Eagles.

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.
0
0
0
0
0

Recommended for you

Load comments