SEGUIN - Hunter Ervin was put in a pressure situation with the game on the line.
Ervin stepped up when the Lady Cats needed her the most and hit a walk-off RBI single to give Weimar a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead in the Class 2A regional final at Texas Lutheran's Ed Kruse Stadium at Morck Field on Thursday night.
"I came into the game struggling," said the Weimar catcher Ervin. "When I hit it, I knew it was going into the gap. I was just looking for a pitch I hit to just put on the ground to make a play."
Shiner and Weimar will play Game 2 on Saturday at 2 p.m. at La Grange. Game 3, if necessary, will follow Game 2.
Weimar got the bottom of the seventh started with a lead off single by Micaela Mangum. With one out, Darrian Smith hit a blooper into left field for a double to put runners on second and third. Ervin finished the rest.
"She had the choice to bunt or swing at the at bat and she chose to swing," said Weimar head coach Roger Maupin. "You have to make plays in these types of series and we did. The series is tied 2-2 on the season, and I love it when there is good competition on the field this type of year."
Ervin went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Lady Cats.
Weimar got on the scoreboard first with an RBI ground out by Allison Williams in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead. Shiner answered right back when Hannah Nevlud hit a two-RBI double with the bases loaded to take a 2-1 lead.
The Lady Cats tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Emma Holland led off with a single, then stole second base and advanced on a bunt. Ervin hit an RBI double to bring home Holland with a close play at the plate.
"It was a great game," said Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said. "They got hits in pressure situations and you have to give them credit. We're going to come out Saturday fresh and ready to play."
Hannah Nevlud went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Lady Comanches.
Cece Darilek had three strikeouts in the circle for the Lady Comanches.
Hunter Ervin was 2-for-3 and 2 RBIs, Allison Williams went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Darrian Smith went 2-for-4 for the Lady Cats.
Class 2A Region IV Final Series Game 1 - Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 7:00pm Texas Lutheranís Ed Kruse Stadium at Morck Field Weimar Ladycats 3, Shiner Lady Comanches 2 123 456 7 - R H E Shiner 000 200 0 - 2 5 0 Weimar 001 010 1 - 3 12 0 Cece Darilek and Madison Jalufka. Darrian Smith and Hunter Ervin. W: Smith. L: Darilek. Highlights: (Shiner) Hannah Nevlud 2-for-4, 2 RBIs; (Weimar) Hunter Ervin 2-for-3 2 RBIs.
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