Lady Eagles use long ball for 4-3 win over Clear Falls

PEARLAND DAWSON — Dawson faced Clear Falls in a one-and-done series in the bi-district round of the playoffs. A win and the season continues. A loss and the season is over. There is very little room for mistakes.

The District 23-6A co-champions stepped up, literally, to the plate to win the playoff contest.

Clear Falls scored a run in the top of the fourth to break a scoreless game.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Eagles scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead which would turn out to be the difference in the game.

Peyton Ellermann led off the fourth with a single to centerfield. Pitcher Courtney Day stepped up to the plate and sent the first pitch she saw over the centerfield fence for a two-run homer and a 2-1 lead.

Olivia Johnson followed with a single to centerfield and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brooke Toler. Clear Falls got a strike out for two outs. Kyra Lunford was the next hitter and she fouled off six pitches before she got the one she was looking for that wound up over the left field fence for a two-run bomb and a 4-1 advantage.

Clear Falls scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but Courtney Day would toughen up to strike out two of the three outs in the final frame to get the critical win.

Day gave up three runs on six hits while fanning 10 hitters and allowing one homer.

Dawson was only able to get four hits for four runs, but it was enough to get the victory.

The Lady Eagles will advance to the area round and face Summer Creek beginning on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at home. Dawson will travel to Summer Creek on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. If a third game is needed, the two teams will meet at Deer Park on Saturday, May 4 with TBD.