SEMINOLE — The rain held off and the wind picked up just enough to cool the crowd who traveled to see the Coahoma Bulldogettes on Monday in their bi-district matchup against the Ladyjackets of Kemit.
Coahoma — who entered the postseason as the third District 3-2A seed — found themselves trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third when Bree Hilario bunted and reached safely after Kermit's first basemen bobbled the ball. Laurel Nix hit a one-out single that scored Hilario, who had stolen second and third base, tying the game at 2-all.
With Nix in scoring position after stealing second, Savannah Neff stepped up to the plate and swatted one out of the park in left field, scoring Nix and giving the Bulldogettes a 4-2 advantage and their first lead of the day.
Kermit charged back in the top of the fourth inning, adding two runs of their own, making it a 4-4 game.
Coahoma went three up, three down in the bottom of the same inning, but held the Ladyjackets scoreless in the top of the fifth.
What was turning into a stalemate between the two squads was interrupted when Neff struck again, this time with a stand-up, one-out triple.
Cleanup hitter Jennifer Castilaw brought Neff home with a RBI single to retake the lead. Brittnie Cortez hit a liner into shallow right and legged one to first base while advancing Castilaw to second. Minnie Goodblanket got her first hit of the day that was bobbled by Kermit pitcher Lindsay Nutt, picking up the RBI as Castilaw crossed home plate, making it a 6-4 game in Coahoma's favor. A strikeout and a pop out ended the rally, as well as the inning.
Holding Kermit scoreless again in the top of the sixth, the Bulldogettes were looking for insurance runs. Kyla Clanton — who picked up the complete game victory from the circle — connected for a one-out single in the bottom half of the inning. Nix drew a walk and Neff — who was a double shy of hitting for the cycle — dropped one into right-center field and reached on a fielder's choice after Nix was thrown out at second. Neff stole second during Castilaw's next at-bat, and with two outs, Castilaw walked, loading the bases for Coahoma. Brittnie Cortez struck out to end the inning and leave three runners stranded, but it mattered not as the Bulldogettes' defense prevailed in the top of the seventh, throwing out two would-be Kermit base runners at first and catching an infield fly to end the game and record the win.
Coahoma Coach Robb Glasscock wasn't surprised with the outcome.
“It went pretty much how I expected it to,” Glasscock said. “We have played (Kermit) four times in two years and we were in a lot of the same situations, so that helped us out.”
Glasscock was pleased with the strong outing but sees some areas where improvement is warranted.
“We got into some bad situations but we got out of them,” he added. “We can definitely get a little better on defense. Overall, the girls played well, I am real proud of them. They have overcome a lot of adversity, played a lot of tough teams. 13 of our 14 losses were to good teams — playoff teams who are still in the playoffs, that has helped us get stronger mentally.”
Coahoma takes the field next against Bushland on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lubbock Cooper on Friday. Game Two will also be at Lubbock Cooper on Saturday at 10 a.m., with Game Three (if necessary) following 30 minutes after Game Two.