Lady Mustangs get back in playoff hunt

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Lady Mustangs needed to get back in the playoff hunt and they did so in a big way getting wins over Alvin (2-1) and Dickinson (10-9).

Alvin would score their only run of the game in the first frame when pitcher Rachel Hertenberger helped her own cause with a run-scoring hit for a 1-0 lead. But the Lady Yellowjackets wouldn't be able to get any more offense against freshman pitcher Haven Franks who allowed only six hits in seven innings while striking out three.

In the fourth inning, Friendswood tied up the game at 1-1 when Kendall Cross doubled to the wall to plate Emily Jackson.

The winning run for the Lady Mustangs came in the sixth when Celina Saenz singled to score Cross to make the final 2-1.

Friendswood managed just three hits, but took advantage of four Alvin errors.

Friendswood 10 - Dickinson 9

The Lady Mustangs picked up another crucial district win against the Dickinson Lady Gators 10-9.

Friendswood opened up the scoring in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Rachel Kuehnle hit a line-drive double to right field to plate Emily Jackson who had reached base on a single.

Dickinson took a 3-1 lead in the third when they hit four singles and two walks.

The Lady Mustangs tied up the game 3-3 in the bottom of the third when Ashley Elliot smashed a two-out double followed by a two-run homer over the right field fence by Kendall Cross.

Dickinson re-took the lead in the fourth with two runs for a 5-3 advantage.

Friendswood responded as Jackson launched a roundtripper to take a 6-5 lead in the fifth.

It appeared that the Lady Gators would put the game out of reach when they scored four runs in the top of the sixth.

Facing a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh, Friendswood was not going to give up.

Down to their final three outs, Savannah Hartman walked, Hannah Carpenter singled to left, and Elliott hit a game-tying bomb over the left field fence to tie up the game 9-9.

Still with no outs, Cross was hit by a pitch, Jackson singled to right, and Julianna Tinger's groundout moved the runners up to second and third.

Kuehnle hit a ground ball to first base, which was misplayed, and pinch runner Grace Hahn raced home with the walk-off run and 10-9 win for Friendswood who is now 4-4 in district action.