Clear Springs sweeps Dawson out of the playoffs

PEARLAND DAWSON — After a heart-stopping 4-3 win in Game 1 of a best-of-three series between the Clear Springs Lady Chargers, who won the District 24-6A title, and the Dawson Lady Eagles, who finished in fourth place in the District 23-6A standings -- Clear Springs showed why they are undefeated this season as they blanked the Lady Eagles 9-0 to end the Class 6A Region IIII bi-district series.

Dawson challenged Clear Springs in the opening contest to give the Lady Chargers a reality check that they had come to play.

The first three innings were scoreless for both teams, but Clear Springs scored a pair of runs in the top of the fourth while Dawson score a run in their half of the fourth making the score 2-1.

The Lady Chargers scored two more runs in the top of the fifth for a 4-1 advantage.

But the Lady Eagles weren't going away as they scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3.

With one out in the seventh frame, speedster Sa'Mya Jones found her way to second base following a single and a stolen base. Needing a run to tie the game, Olivia Johnson hit a grounder to the pitcher who threw to first base. for the second out. Jones tried to score from second and the Clear Springs first baseman threw a strike to catcher Kelly Baker who applied the tag for the third and final out to end the game giving Clear Springs the 4-3 win.

Clear Springs 9 - Dawson 0

Clear Springs came out in Game 2 with a plan to flex their muscles against Dawson leaving no doubt as to why the Lady Chargers are undefeated at 25-0 this season and the No, 2 state-ranked 6A team in the state.

On the third pitch of the game, Lady Charger leadoff hitter Demi Elder launched a home run over the centerfield wall which jump started a 9-0 lopsided win over the Lady Eagles to wrap up their best-of-three bi-district softball series.

Emma King followed up by doubling and later scoring off a wild pitch, Anna Soles added a two-run single, and Bailey Boetjer capped the early burst with an RBI hit.

In the fourth, King brought home Isa Cruz to make it 6-0 and in a three-run sixth, Emma Strood pounded out a long home run to center, Claire Pollack added a run-scoring single and Soles rapped an RBI single.

Kelly Baker joined Elder, King, Strood, Pollack and Soles with two hits apiece.

Strood struck out 12 and allowed only three hits.