Petrolia’s Lady Pirates will face Sam Rayburn in Wednesday’s state semifinal game, according to the UIL bracket, pitting the Region I champion against Region II.
Game time is set for 9 a.m. at the University of Texas Red McCombs Field in Austin. Region III champions Garrison and Flatonia of Region IV face off at noon Wednesday. The winner of each semifinal game will meet to decide the Class A state champion at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 31.
The Lady Pirate bats put Petrolia in position to advance to state.
“They did what I asked, and that was to hit the ball hard,” said Lady Pirate Head Coach DeDe Gray.
After a pitcher’s duel in game 1 of Petrolia’s regional final win over Seymour, the Lady Pirates came out with bats ablaze in game 2, racking up 14 hits for a 14-7 win, including a pair of three-run homeruns in the first and second innings from Alaina Anderson – both over the left-field fence, the second with two outs.
Anderson was walked in the fourth, loading the bases, and Seymour allowed two RBI walks. Kirsten Kenyon added to Petrolia’s lead with an RBI single, and a 10-1 lead. The Lady Pirates scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth innings, but Seymour managed to save itself from a run-rule loss with a four-run sixth inning. The Lady Pirates added one more in the seventh.
Thursday, Petrolia took a 2-1 win over Seymour.
Petrolia’s Katie Cummings earned the win on a pitcher’s duel with Seymour’s Carol Swindell. Both teams remained scoreless through four innings.
In the fifth, Allie Ablia doubled and Sidney Mobley followed with a bunt single. Wild pitches allowed both runners to score.
Petrolia gave up one run in the sixth.
Petrolia and Seymour had six hits each.
This is the first trip to state for the Petrolia program after several near misses in recent years.