On May 24th, the Forney Lady Rabbit Softball Team defeated the Frisco Reedy Lady Lions in an one game winner take all situation to capture the Regional Championship again for the 2nd straight season.
With this victory, Forney improves to 36-3 overall on the season. Frisco Reedy sees their season end at 24-8.
Now, the Lady Rabbits will advance to the State Final Four again. Forney will have an opportunity to defend their State Title.
The Final 4 Games will be played at Red and Charlene Mccombs Field on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Note: This will be Forney’s 5th all time trip to the State Final 4 in softball (1999, 2011, 2012, 2018, and 2019).
The 2019 State Final 4 Teams in softball are Forney High School, The Colony High School, Corpus Christi Calallen, and Angleton. All of these teams are currently state ranked.
In the State Semi Finals, Forney will face off against Angleton High School. Angleton is currently ranked #1 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 5A State Rankings. Angleton’s overall record currently stands at 35-2. This game is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 31 @ 12 Noon. The other 5A semi final game will feature The Colony High School vs. Corpus Christi Calallen.
This game is scheduled to be played on Friday May 31st @ 9:00 a.m. If Forney wins their semi final game, they will advance to the State Title Game on June 1st @ 3:00 p.m.
Here is a recap of the Regional Championship Game vs. Frisco Reedy.
Coming into this winner take all Regional Championship Game, the Forney Lady Rabbits knew that they needed to play at a high level. But, in the top of the 1st inning, Reedy jumped ahead by a count of 1-0 when they scored a run due in large part to a Forney error.
However, Forney answered back by plating 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning, 4 in the second, 1 in the fourth, 3 in the fifth, and 1 in the sixth on their way to an ultimate 11-1 victory.
Note: This game was called after the 6th inning due to the UIL Run Rule. Forney definitely played at a high level in this game when they needed to most.
In bottom of the 1st inning, Savanna DsRochers and Sadie Hewitt drove in runs with a RBI ground out and a RBI sacrifice fly to right respectively. These runs gave Forney a 2-1 lead. It would be a lead that they never would relinquish.
Then, in the bottom of the 2nd, Forney plated four more runs which pushed their advantage up to 6-1. RBI’s in this frame for Forney came from Trinity Cannon (RBI infield single) and Sadie Hewitt (2 RBI single to left).
Forney scored an additional run in this frame via a Reedy error.
In the bottom of the 4th, Forney registered another run when Sadie Hewitt smacked a RBI single that deflected off the face of the Reedy pitcher. Note: Thankfully, according to reports, the Reedy pitcher will be ok after some recovery time in the off season. So now, the score stood at 7-1 in favor of Forney.
Then, in the 5th inning, Hannah Holdbrook came up to the plate with two runners already on base. The senior left fielder for the Lady Rabbits proceeded to loop a ball into left field. When the ball hit the ground, it skidded away from Reedy’s left fielder. When that happened, all of the Forney runners raced around the bases to score. When Holdbrook touched home plate safely, she was credited with a 3 run inside the park homer. This big sequence raised Forney’s lead to 10-1.
Finally, in the bottom of the 6th, Hannah Holdbrook came up again with you guessed it two runners already on base. Ms. Holdbrook then promptly hit a game ending RBI single to center. Final Score: Forney 11 Frisco Reedy 1 in six innings.
In the pitching circle, Savanna DesRochers tossed a great game as she surrendered 1 unearned run on 2 hits while striking out 10.
Now, with the Regional Final trophy in hand, the Lady Rabbits are moving on in the playoffs. They are headed back to Austin for the State Final 4. They have a chance to defend their State Title.
Here is an awesome stat for you. The Lady Rabbits are now 20-1 in playoff games over the last 2 seasons.