WICHITA FALLS – The Windthorst Trojanettes had little trouble with the Ralls Lady Jackrabbits in the Class 2A Region 1 Semifinal series. Windthorst swept Ralls in two games of a best of three series played on the Midwestern State University campus last Friday. The first was an 8-2 victory and the second was a 14-0 five inning run rule win.
The Trojanettes had Laynie Brown in the ring for both contests. She is reliable, strong and consistent every time she pitches. In Game 1 she struck out 11 Lady Rabbits, issued only one walk, and allowed only 6 hits. She had an 8-0 lead after four innings before ever yielding a run. In Game 2 she pitched a 2 hit shutout with 8 strikeouts. She got plenty of run support in both wins. The two wins runs her season record to 25 wins against 4 losses. She has an earned run average per contest of 1.181. In her 29 starts she has registered 236 strikeouts.
Abby Brown, the team leader with a .505 batting average, hit a triple in the bottom of the first inning in Game 1 to score Kora Pennartz who bunted her way on with the first at bat for Windthorst.
Pennartz, stole home in the bottom of the third to jump start a three run rally. She reached base on a Ralls error then moved to third on another A Brown hit, a single. Brown and Camryn Latham, who was walked, both scored when Claire Hemmi singled to right field. After three innings the Trojanettes were up 4-0. They would pad the margin by another four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
In the four run fourth Brynlee Wolf reached base on another Ralls error. Latham drew another walk. A Brown singled to score Wolf. Mackenzie Gillispie also walked. Latham scored on another Ralls error to make it 6-0. Blaire Schreiber singled to right field to plate Brown and Gillispie. Windthorst did not score in their next two at bats and the Lady Rabbits got consolation runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make the final 8-2.
While L Brown was busy shutting out the Lady Rabbits her teammates were busy pounding out 21 hits to score 14 runs in the first four innings of Game 2. Four hits by A Brown included 2 doubles. Pennartz and Latham finished 4 for 4 each with 3 RBIs. Schreiber had a double. Hemmi had a triple. Hemmi was 3 for 4 with an RBI.
The Semifinal series win sets the stage for another head to head series with the Archer City Lady Cats in the Regional 1 Final. Windthorst defeated Archer City in the 2016 Regional Final. Archer City defeated Windthorst in the 2017 Quarterfinal head to head series. The Trojanettes were the Regional Champ in 2016. The Lady Cats were the Regional Champs in 2017. Albany defeated Petrolia in the 2018 Regional Final. Archer City or Windthorst will be representing Region 1 at the State Tournament at the end of May. A three game series will decide which team it will be. Game 1 will be at 5pm today (Thursday, May 23) at the softball field on the Midwestern University Campus in Wichita Falls. Game 2 will be at MSU at 4pm Friday. Game 3, if necessary, will follow Game 2 on Friday evening.