Lady Mustangs drop season finale to Baytown Lee

FRIENDSWOOD — One of the hardest things a coach has to do is convince the players to believe that a team that enters the game with an 0-13 district record can still have a game of the year to pull out an unlikely win.

The Friendswood Lady Mustangs may have learned an early lesson entering the 4A Region III softball playoffs and that is on any given night, a team with lesser talent can still beat you.

Such was the case when Friendswood faced the Baytown Lady Ganders who came into the game without a district win. Friendswood was tied with Dawson for second-place and needing a win to try and get the No. 2 seed in the post-season.

With little to play for but pride, Lee closed out their 2014 softball campaign with a win over the Lady Mustangs.

Senior pitcher Rebecca Hernandez faced a strong hitting Friendswood team but allowed only five hits and were held scoreless through the first five innings. She finished the game with six strikeouts and walked four.

The Lady Ganders managed to get a 3-2 lead entering the final frame.

Hernandez fanned the first two Friendswood hitters and the Lady Ganders were just an out away from a life-changing moment.

Kaylee Barnes kept Friendswood alive with an infield single setting up cleanup hitter Brittany Woods at the plate. Hernandez wanted no part of Woods so the decision was to issue an intentional walk putting runners at first and second. Woods had tripled earlier and scored on a home run by pitcher Courtney Weber in the sixth.

Friendswood third baseman Abbey Hayford stepped to the plate and drilled a pitch to left field. It looked like the Lady 'Stangs would get a run to tie the game, but senior Yessica Silva made a sensational diving catch to end the game and give the Lady Ganders the monumental 3-2 victory.