SAN ANGELO — The Bangs Lady Dragons were unable to equal or surpass last year’s historic softball playoff run as they were eliminated in first-round action.
The Lady Dragons’ season came to a close with a 6-1 loss to Sonora Monday at San Angelo Lake View High School in a one-game Region I-2A bi-district playoff.
District 6-2A runner-up Bangs — which advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in school history a year ago — was unable to duplicate that feat against 7-2A third seed Sonora.
The Lady Dragons (20-8-1) were held without a hit until the bottom of the seventh inning, yet were tied heading into the final frame. Sonora, however, erupted with five runs in the top of the seventh, which put an end to Bangs’ hopes of advancing.
Courtney Owen’s two-out single in the seventh broke up the no-hit bid of Sonora pitcher Kylie Love, who struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.
Bangs hurler Charity Sagebiel surrendered 11 hits with six strikeouts and one walk, while the Lady Dragon defense committed a pair of errors.
Sonora took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning as Crystal Lopez reached on a one-out single, then scored from third on an RBI single by Love. Love and Lopez combined for six hits and three RBIs.
The Lady Dragons drew even in the bottom of the fourth inning without the benefit of a base hit. Kady Kyle was hit by a pitch to begin the inning, then stole second base. Kyle later advanced to third on a wild pitch ahead of an RBI sacrifice fly from Jaylee Roberts.
Bangs was able to keep Sonora at bay as Sagebiel stranded five base runners over the first six innings, but the Lady Broncos found their stroke in their final trip to the plate.
Jaye Sanchez led off with a single to center field, then stole second base ahead of a single by Abby Creek. With runners on the corners and no outs, back-to-back RBI base hits from Abby Nolan and Avery Nolan pushed Sonora in front, 3-1.
Lopez followed with a two-RBI triple ahead of an RBI single by Love, which completed the scoring. All five runs scored before an out was recorded.