Cy-Fair Roundup: Falcons' flight getting more fraught
Jersey Village dominated Hastings in bidistrict, but this week against Bellaire in the area round of the Class 5A Region III softball playoffs, Lady Falcons coach Bruce Beets knows it gets a lot tougher.
"We were just stronger than Hastings in every aspect of game, and I don't mean to sound demeaning to Hastings, but we were just a better team all around," Beets said. "Hastings does have some good players who work really hard and compete, and really hustle, and the scores don't indicate how well they did perform."
The Lady Falcons blanked Hastings 15-0 in three innings and 14-0 in five to advance against Bellaire, and the area series opens with a 6 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, May 5, at Jersey Village, and if needed, game three is at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Butler.
"We won the flip, and even though we've played very well on the road, we had to have those first two at our place," Beets said.
"If you win a flip and decided to play on the road, somebody is going to say something, so we're at home."
Bellaire swept Cinco Ranch 3-2 and 14-2 in the first round.
"I know Bellaire is very strong," Beets said. "We'll have to be at the top of our game to give ourselves a chance to beat them."
Jersey Village freshman Lauren Rodriguez, junior Megan Mobley and sophomore Sarah Provazek all pitched against Hastings.
"All of our players contributed, and we mixed it up between the short game and power game offensively," Beets said. "We bunted when we had to and swung away when we didn't, all of my pitchers threw well, and except for one error, we were solid defensively.
"Our district was pretty strong, and we've basically been in playoff mode — win or it's over - for a few weeks."
Jersey Village had to survive a four-team district playoff for 17-5A's final three playoff berths last week.
The Jersey Village-Bellaire winner advances to the region quarterfinals against Cy Ranch or Katy.
More 17-5A softball
Cy Woods was another 17-5A softball team to advance out of the first round thanks to a dominating 12-1 and 20-4 bidistrict sweep of Nimitz last week.
"It was a great team effort," Cy Woods coach Clif Bond said. "We felt we would be competitive if we put the ball in play and cut down on any errors, and that's what happened."
The Lady Wildcats meet Katy Taylor in this week's area playoffs.
Langham Creek state golf
Langham Creek's Kirby Kramer will compete as a Class 5A medalist at the UIL State Golf Tournament on May 12-13 (a Thursday-Friday) at the Jimmy Clay Course in Austin.
Kramer finished third in 5A Region III with a 153 total (rounds of 77-76) to qualify for the state event.
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