Unfazed by a series of rain cancellations and relocations, the Lady Comanches took a big 5-2 victory in their regional quarterfinal playoff game against the Ganado Maidens, the team responsible for their sole district loss.
Shiner’s offense, which struggled against Ganado pitcher Cheyenne Galindo in their last match-up, jumped out early lead in the first, eager to prove that this playoff game would be different.
Tamara Hajek opened things up with a leadoff triple. She was knocked in by CeCe Darilek and joined by RBI from Lauren Schuette and Kassidy Bishop to give the Lady Comanches a 3-0 lead by the end of the first.
Shiner kept Ganado off the bases entirely for the first three innings, but surrendered a run apiece in the fourth and the fifth. Five of Ganado’s six hits came clustered in those two innings.
The Lady Comanches' offense stayed quiet through the middle innings. However, they came back to life in the sixth and stretched Shiner’s 1-run lead into a 3-run lead with a 2-run single from Hannah Nevlud.
Shiner’s defense held Ganado scoreless in the top of the seventh to secure their spot in the regional semi-finals.
Darilek pitched all seven innings. She struck out 2, gave up a walk and six hits, and improved her season record to 18-2. The team’s record rests at 24-4.
The Lady Comanches’ next playoff opponent will be the Benavides Eagles on Friday at 7 p.m. in Beeville at A.C. Jones High School in a one-game series.