Photo courtesy of Dan Constantin
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- LSU Alexandria advanced to its third straight RRAC title game and will await the winner of the Houston-Victoria vs. Our Lady of the Lake semifinal as the 2017 RRAC Softball Championship rolls into the final games on Sunday at Oran Good Park. UHV lost its battle with LSUA to drop to the losers bracket and OLLU survived two elimination games to stay alive on Saturday.
2017 RRAC Softball Championship Schedule/Results
UHV and OLLU will play at 11 a.m. on Sunday with the winner facing the Generals at 1:30 p.m. A second championship game will be played if either the Jaguars or Saints can topple LSUA.
Highlights from Saturday's games:
OLLU 4, HT 0 Lauren Garza (6 innings) and Cheyanne Carter combined on a seven-hit shutout as fourth-seeded OLLU dropped the third-seeded Rams. Taylor Doege started the scoring for the Saints with a solo home run in the first inning. Kristina Tiffany connected on a pair of homers with a two-run shot in the second inning and a solo blast in the third to establish the 4-0 lead. HT loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but Carter closed out the game by forcing a fly ball.
LU 5, USW 4 Langston became the first #6 seed in RRAC history to win two games in the same tournament by winning another one-run game. The Lions took an early lead with one run in the first, third an fifth innings including a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single from Kassidee Rusniak for a 3-1 edge. In the bottom of the fifth, USW scored three runs to take the lead for the first time. Monika Madrid delivered a double and RBI, and Sarena Maynez scored the go-ahead run on a misplayed grounder for a 4-3 lead. That held until the top of the seventh inning when Langston sent eight batters to the plate and scored two runs on errors with the game-winner scored by Mary Mitchell on a booted ground ball. The Rams put the tying run on second but couldn't push the runner any further in the bottom of the seventh.
LSUA 6, UHV 2 In the battle of the top two seeds and the last unbeatens in the tournament, the Generals prevailed again over the Jaguars. A pitcher's duel between LSUA's Madison Resch and UHV's Haley Beam kept the game scoreless through five innings before the Generals poured it on. They scored all six of their runs in the top of the sixth inning. Kaitlyn Eaves started the barrage with a home run over the left field fence. One batter later, Gabbie Andrepont homered to center for a 2-0 lead. Two singles and a walk then loaded the bases for Priscilla Leon who doubled to drive in two more runs. The Generals added a run on a fielder's choice and a run-scoring double from Kim Gonzalez. The Jaguars tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh with Beam providing a two-run double, but Resch escaped with a complete game victory.
OLLU 4, LU 1 The Saints progressed behind hot-hitting shortstop Kristina Tiffany who accounted for two more hits, two runs scored and an RBI. OLLU's Amanda Guerra drove in two runs including one on a double in the third inning. Starting pitcher Destiny Vega limited the Lions to three hits and only allowed a run on a solo shot by Monique Collins in five innings of work. Lauren Garza took the circle for OLLU and didn't allow a base runner in the final two innings.