Lady Mustangs sweep PN-G out of the playoffs

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood faced Port Neches-Groves in the Class 5A Region III bi-district round of the playoffs and found little resistance from the Lady Indians as the Lady Mustangs swept PN-G in two straight games by the identical 10-0 score.

Friendswood closed out both games with the 10-run mercy rule to move on the area round of the post-season.

In Game 1, Friendswood took advantage of a pair of errors by PN-G to score three runs in the first, then added single runs in the third and fourth frames for a 5-0 advantage.

The Lady Mustangs doubled their lead in the fifth with five runs as they batted around.

Chloe Riassetto drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double. Riassetto had an infield hit in the first and a run-scoring double in the fourth to finish with three his and four RBIs.

Riassetto also threw a two-hit shutout to pick up the win in the pitching circle.

Friendswood got hits from eight of their nine batters, with everyone reaching base at least once.

Friendswood 10 - PN-G 0

The second game of the best-of-three series turned out to look like game one as Friendswood easily blanked PN-G 10-0 in a run-rule shortened contest.

The Lady Mustangs move on to play Lamar Consolidated in next week’s area round.

Lady Mustang pitcher Janelle Wilson threw a four-hit shutout and was supported by an error-free defense behind her.

PN-G infield, which committed five errors, was more affected by the weather conditions that led to their defeat.

“We did play some good defense,” Friendswood coach Christa Williams-Yates said. “We turned a double play (in the fourth inning). I don’t have any complaints about how we played.”

Four different batters came through with multi-hit games as the Mustangs consistently struck the ball hard.

Patricia Yarotsky and Lauren Adams had three hits apiece, with Chloe Riassetto and Wilson adding two each.

“Emily (Vines) seemed to throw a bit differently today,” Williams-Yates said. “You know that sometimes you are going to hit the ball hard, and they are going to make great plays. You hope that eventually they’ll fall and start making things right. We seemed to find quite a few holes and that was nice.”

Friendswood’s offense struck for four runs in the second and fourth innings after opening with one in the first.

Three defensive miscues by the PN-G infield contributed heavily to Friendswood’s four-run second, with Adams and Madelyn Wilson adding hits.

Yarotsky followed up her run-scoring double in the second with a one-out triple in the fourth.

Riassetto, Caylynn Esparza and Janelle Wilson each had base hits before Alaina Schaeffer lifted a sacrifice fly to extend the Lady Mustang lead to 9-0.

The Lady Mustangs picked up the needed run in the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule as Yarotsky ended the game with a single to center to bring home Balleigh Burtis who had walked to opening the inning.