With seven consecutive victories to their credit, the Brownwood Lady Lions will attempt to advance to the third round of the playoffs — equaling their deepest postseason run since making it to the 1996 state tournament — but will first have to defeat the Godley Lady Cats twice in the Region I-4A area round of the playoffs.
The District 6-4A runner-up Lady Lions (17-7) and District 7-4A champion Godley (21-6) clash in a best of three series with Games 1 and 2 slated to begin at 4 p.m. Friday in Graford. Game 3, if needed, will follow at 10 a.m. Saturday in Graford.
Brownwood is coming off a 14-1 bi-district victory over District 5-4A third seed Iowa Park Saturday at Abilene Christian University, as the Lady Lions blew the game open with a 10-run third inning. The 13-run margin of victory is the second-largest of the season for Brownwood, trailing only an 18-0 triumph at Cisco on March 1.
Among the offensive highlights against Iowa Park, Alexis Larrea finished with two hits and two RBIs, Chyanne Ellett and Tori Burkett chipped in two hits apiece, Danyelle Gongora and Ashley Gomez contributed one hit and two RBIs, Kayla McFarden and Ayanna Clemons tallied one hit and one RBI apiece, Victoria Sanchez collected a hit and Kristen Fuentes picked up an RBI. Brownwood finished with 11 hits as a team.
During the Lady Lions’ current win streak, their most recent victory and a 10-0 triumph at Mineral Wells are the only run-ruled decisions. The other five victories have been by two runs or less, proving that Brownwood has the ability to find a way to win tight contests.
After producing a total of two runs in their first two district outings, the Lady Lions offense has since generated 54 runs over the past six outings — an average of eight runs per game. On the flip side, since yielding 24 runs in a three-game stretch to Abilene Wylie, Graham and Stephenville — where the Lady Lions still posted a 2-1 record — Ellett, in the circle, and the Brownwood defense has surrendered a total of seven runs the past five outings.
Godley enters the series coming off a pair of shutout victories over Fort Worth Castleberry, 6-0 and 15-0, in the bi-district round.
In the 6-0 opening victory, Abby Reeves tossed a seven-inning no-hitter, striking out 13. Only a third-inning defensive error on a bunt prevented Reeves from hurling a perfect game.
Offensively, Godley managed six runs despite just three hits, but all three were triples by Reeves, Nicole Yarbrough and Cheyenne Barber. Tana Reeves also notched an RBI for the Lady Cats.
In Game 2, Abby Reeves hurled a two-hitter with eight strikeouts, while the Lady Cat bats came to life with 11 hits. Godley was also assisted by five Castleberry errors.
Stars offensively were Tana Reeves with three hits and three RBIs, Jordyn Logan with three hits and one RBI, Cheyenne Griggs with a hit and two RBIs and Ciniza Reverberi and Kennedy Kavanaugh with one hit and one RBI apiece.
The winner of this weekend’s series will advance to the Region I-4A quarterfinals to face either District 8-4A champion Decatur or 6-4 third seed Abilene Wylie.