Katie defeats Cinco Ranch, and advances to the playoffs

Callum Hack did not take the risk or show any cards.

Katie’s coach pulled the starting layup Lauren Sokin at the first sign of trouble in fifth—even though she was running five runs at the time—and then put it back in sixth, in order to keep his ace, Camryn Harrison.

They still had a potential 3 game – and their next opponent in the playoffs was in the stands.

“Berland was watching us here, they didn’t see us play, so I’m sure they didn’t want them to see the #1 bowler,” said Huck, smiling.

They didn’t see until the seventh inning.

Soeken returned to maintain the shutdown, then Ashtyn Reichardt smashed a three-stroke double that ended the match in six, sending Katy to a 10-0 win in Game 2 and a Class 6A regional quarter-final series sweep Friday at Katy.

Harrison took a 7-2 win in Game One on Thursday at Cinco Ranch.

“I’m happy with our win… because Senko played really well at the end of the season and in the playoffs, and they had some really good momentum,” said Hack. “So my first message to my team was: Don’t you dare take them lightly.”

Next for the Tigers (29-4) is a series with Berland next week in the regional semifinals.

Cinco Ranch finished his career at 16-13.

Soeken gave up two hits and hit three into 4 1/3 innings. But after walking twice in the fifth, I went out for Paige Bunting, who finished the run. Cinco then loaded the bases with one for sixth, so Soeken returned to cheerleader Gissel Morales and urged Cinco Citcher Chela Kovar to fly out into left field.

“She threw four rounds hard,” Hack said. “It was the best thrown all year. And then in the fifth inning she hit a wall, so we changed, and I took her back to the mall. I went there to talk to her and she came back and the match was incredibly complete, especially for the awkward situation I got into.”

The tiger bats were incredible all night long.

They scored at least one in each run and used a sixth of four to finish the game early.

Ledoff hitter Kylie Wyckoff hit a solo home run to third – one of five additional base strokes – and finished 2-for-4 with a three-stroke logged. Montgomery Henderson was 2-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI, Peyton Watson went 2-for-2 and scored twice, and the Six Tigers finished with two hits each.

Cinco, who made the playoffs for the first time in eight years, collected three hits, all singles, and was stranded with six starting players.

“Kate is a great team,” said Cinco Ranch coach Susan Reeve. “They’re so well trained and have so much talent, I’m honestly excited to see them go into the next role. I’m going to root for them because they’re an ISD Katie.”

“They have all the tools to go deeper.”

Jason McDaniel is a freelance writer.

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