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Shiner ends Lady Dogs season
May 25, 2006
by Kevin Posival, Thorndale Champion Sports Editor

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Shiner ended the Thorndale Lady Dogs' unprecedented playoff run last week in the Region IV softball semi-finals.

"We were all disappointed to see the season end," Lady Dogs softball coach Tim Berg said.

"I had to remind these young ladies though of the impact they have made on this program. They have established the tradition of winning."

In the Lady Dogs first-ever playoff appearance, the swept 10th ranked Bremond in bi-district play, 4-1, 13-1. Then, they knocked off 11th ranked Valley Mills in the regional quarterfinals, 6-3 in a one-game playoff.

The Lady Dogs were tied with the Shiner Lady Comanches going into the bottom of the sixth inning in Friday's game one in the best-of-three series.

Shiner scored first in the bottom of the second with a two-run frame. The Lady Dogs answered with a score in the top of the third and fourth to tie the game at two.

Shiner scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead 5-2 and then shut the Lady Dogs offense down in the top of the seventh to finish with the win.

"We played fairly well Friday night," Berg said.

"We made some mistakes and they were able to capitalize on them. Shiner was a very good team and you can't afford to give them opportunities to have success."

And, game two was all Shiner.

They scored two in the first, seven in the second, and three in the third. After five innings, the officials cited the 10-run mercy rule and ended the game with a final score of 12-0.

"Shiner hit the ball very well," Berg said.

"We just weren't able to stop them. It was heart-wrenching to have balls hit just out of reach when we have been making great plays all year."

After the game two defeat, coach Berg told his softball team that they should not forget what they had accomplished in this one season.

The team won 70 percent of their games, made the playoffs for the first time in school history, and then defeated two ranked teams before finally bowing out of this year's post- season.

"I also reminded them that only one team that makes it this far gets to win their last game," Berg said.

"I can't wait to get my kids back and mix in the new ones that will be coming up from the junior high. I look forward to the future of Thorndale softball and building on the path established."

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