GRAHAM – With a Holliday win in the May 29 opener, which set up a winner take all game three in the Region I-3A Final, a packed house at Lady Blues Field set themselves for a rock and roll battle.
Jacksboro, which had won the series opener two nights earlier in a 14-3 rout, had just taken a 10-3 setback on the chin in Saturday’s first game. Most supporters figured it would be a tight matchup in the sixth and final meeting of the year between the two squads.
It was for the first two innings before a middle inning explosion by the Lady Eagles proved enough in a 4-0 victory which sent the Lady Eagles on to State … where they suffered a 9-3 loss to Diboll in the semifinals.
The Tigerettes threatened in every inning, going down in order in just one, but could not get the key hit when they needed it. Alex Holman started things off in the first with a two-out single, her courtesy runner Charlie Phariss stranded on a flyout to right.
Jaci Gann tried the same thing in the second with a two-out single, the Tigerettes turned away this time on a strikeout.
After leaving the bases full in the second inning, the Lady Eagles drew first blood in the third. Sydney Linn stroked a one-out single and scored as sophomore pitcher Addison Lindemann homered over the scoreboard in left field for a 2-0 lead.
Holliday used a pair of miscues in the fifth inning to ignite a two-out rally and put another pair of tallies on the board, aided by a single from Taylor Gillit.
Jacksboro refused to go down without a fight. A one-out single by Harlee Richardson was equalled by a two-out single from Hadlee Richardson. Both were stranded on a groundout back to the pitcher.
In the sixth, Rylee Mathis had a one-out single and moved to second on an error. A sacrifice moved the runner to third where she was stranded following a strikeout.
Gann roped a double to leadoff the seventh but the next three hitters were retired to end the Tigerette season.