HS Baseball/Softball Playoffs: Grand Oaks girls fall in close loss; The Woodlands boys advance to round three
THE WOODLANDS, TX --
Bridgeland 8, Grand Oaks 6
The Grizzlies lost a heartbreaker to the Bears in the win or go home matchup on Friday night. Grand Oaks came back twice in the game but were unable to rally one last time after Bridgeland’s two-run home run in the top of the 7th.
Home run hitting was a big factor throughout the game. Grand Oaks bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit thanks to Allie Hagebusch’s two-run home run in the second inning. Bridgeland’s two-run HR in the fourth inning capped a big run that saw the Bears take a 6-2 lead.
Once again, Grand Oaks used a home run, this time from Kaetlyn Dunbar, to spark another comeback. Carissa Villarreal’s two-out RBI completed the comeback in the bottom of the sixth, tying the game at six. However, the Bears got the last laugh with another two-run HR to take the lead for good.
Grand Oaks’ first 6A season comes to an end with an overall record of 18-8.
The Woodlands 6, Cypress Woods 3 (TWHS wins 2-0)
Perfect nights at the plate for Kayla Falterman (4-4, two RBIs) and Jordan Jones (3-3) led the Highlanders to the series-clinching win over the Wildcats on Friday night.
Saylor Davis struck out eight batters and allowed just one earned run in the win.
The Woodlands advances to the Regional Semifinals to play the Bryan Vikings.
The Woodlands 3, Cypress Ranch 0 (TWHS wins 2-0)
The Highlanders shut out the Mustangs for the second-straight game to win the series. This time it was Brayden Sharp and James Marin dominating on the mound for The Woodlands. Sharp pitched six and one-third innings, allowed just one hit, and struck out nine batters. As a hitter, Sharp was also 2-3 with an RBI.
The Woodlands will play the winner of the Grand Oaks-Tomball Memorial series in the Regional Quarterfinals.
Grand Oaks 2, Tomball Memorial 0 (Series tied at 1)
Two late-game RBIs from Connor McBryde led the Grizzlies to a season-saving win. The shutout victory forces a Game 3 on Saturday.
Jason Burger was on the mound for Grand Oaks and blanked the Wildcats in a complete-game performance. Burger allowed five hits and also struck out five in the win.
Game 3 is scheduled for noon on Saturday at Tomball Memorial HS.
Bridgeland 6, College Park 1 (BHS wins 2-0)
The Cavaliers couldn’t find enough runs to keep their season alive for another day. Haasan Malik went 3-3, followed by Alex Diaz’s 2-3, one RBI performance, but that wasn’t enough to force a Game 3.
College Park ends the season with a 19-14-1 record.
Tomball 11, Oak Ridge 6 (THS wins 2-0)
The War Eagles couldn’t hold on to their 6-5 lead, allowing the Cougars to score six runs in the final three innings to end the series.
Kyler Howard was Oak Ridge’s leading hitter, going 3-4 with two RBIs.
Oak Ridge ends the season with an 18-18 record.