TIME TO CELEBRATE - The Dawson Lady Eagles got their first playoff win under new head coach Katelyn Griffin.Dawson pulled out a 4-3 win over La Porte to advance to the area round where they will face Brazoswood.
PEARLAND — After missing the playoffs with a senior-laden team in 2015, new Dawson head softball coach Katelyn Griffin took a very young team with only four seniors to La Porte in the first round of the playoffs.
The Lady Eagles finished tied for second with Alvin in 22-6A. They had to play Alvin in a game to determine seeding and barely lost 11-9 to be the No. 3 seed from the district.
Dawson faced the Lady Bulldogs, who were the No. 2 seed, in a one-game playoff with the winner moving on to the next round.
The bottom of the first saw the Lady Eagles take an early 1-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles posted one run in each of the second, fourth and seventh. In the second, the Lady Eagles scored on an RBI single by Alexis Zarate that plated Baylee Malone.
Trailing 3-0, La Porte rallied to score three runs and tie up the game 3-3.
Dawson scored the tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a dramatic 4-3 win over La Porte to end their season.
The Lady Eagles got a inning-opening walk by Amber Langston. Gabrielle Chacon sacrificed Langston to second and Rylee Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield setting up Langston at third with two outs.
That brought up freshman pitcher Courtney Day who has been a clutch player all season and she delivered with a game-winning single that brought home Langston with the winning run.
Day had a hot bat as she went 2-for-4 and drove in one RBI. She singled in the third and seventh innings.
The Lady Eagles got the win thanks in large part to Day's dominant, seven-strikeout performance. Day allowed two earned runs, eight hits and three walks over seven innings.
The win in the one-game playoff sends the Lady Eagles into the area round of the playoffs against Brazoswood. Dawson coach Griffin played for Brazoswood in high school and helped them to a 5A state championship in 2000.
Brazoswood won the 24-6A championship and advance after beating Fort Bend Kempner 12-2.