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SOFTBALL: The Woodlands tops Conroe, clinches share of district title

April 13, 2017 GMT

THE WOODLANDS - The Woodlands coach Tim Borths was all smiles on Wednesday evening.

After having their game against Conroe postponed because of torrential rain on Tuesday, the Lady Highlanders looked primed for the postseason on their way to a 9-2 victory over the visiting Tigerettes.

The triumph locked up a share of the District 12-6A championship for The Woodlands. And because of their two head-to-head wins over Oak Ridge, the Lady Highlanders will be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

The Woodlands (22-6, 8-0) has now won its district in nine of the past 11 seasons and will be making its 14th consecutive postseason appearance this spring.

“The girls work hard in practice, and unfortunately with the weather, we had to adjust things,” Borths said. “I think they did a good job of doing that and being able to react on the fly. … Their approach at practice and how hard they work throughout the week has paid off in these games. That’s kind of our philosophy - games are the rewards, and practice is the work.”


Pitcher Amanda Curran led the charge for the Lady Highlanders against Conroe, allowing just three hits without an earned run in a complete-game effort. She finished with seven strikeouts and did not issue a walk. She was also a menace at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.

“I saw a lot of good things,” Borths said of Curran’s performance. “She definitely came in ready, and this was her highest pitch count (82) of the year. As we move forward into the playoffs, we’re going to have to rely on both her and Emily (Langkamp), and this was an opportunity to see where she’s at and what she can do. She did a great job of keeping the ball moving.”

Following the loss, Conroe has two very important games coming up to finish out the regular season. The Tigerettes (12-14, 2-6) are not yet eliminated from playoff contention and have a chance to pull even with Montgomery for fourth place on Tuesday as they host the Lady Bears.

The Tigerettes will then finish district play at last-place College Park.

“This week, we worked a lot on just staying up, and hustling, and talking to each other, communicating,” Conroe coach Jackie Dixon said. “I think they did a fantastic job. I don’t think the score reflects our effort. They played hard, and I just think we need to keep playing like that and not give up.”

Conroe jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a pair of errors by the Lady Highlanders for the early 1-0 lead. Leadoff hitter Blakelea Nettles reached on an error and later came home on another fielding blunder by The Woodlands.

But the Lady Highlanders answered right back in the bottom of the frame, plating three runs of their own. Abby Jones scored on a groundout by Skylar Stockton, Kelcy Leach delivered a sacrifice fly to score Alayis Seneca, and Curran blasted a solo home run over the center-field fence.


The Woodlands then made it 4-1 in the second with a run-scoring bloop single from Seneca, who led her team with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate.

Conroe scored its final run in the third inning, once again on an error by The Woodlands. Nettles, who got on base with a single, came home on the miscue.

The Lady Highlanders got the run back in the fourth as Jones, who had three hits on the night, crossed the plate on an error by the Tigerettes.

The Woodlands broke the game open late, plating four runs in the sixth. Amanda Curran and Morgan Doucet came through with back-to-back two-run doubles to cap the scoring and seal the win.

“Hats off to Conroe - they are a very good team,” Borths said. “They are much improved under Coach Dixon, and they’re fighting for a playoff spot. We knew coming in that this was going to be a war. They play much better on the road, and they made some great plays and put us in tough situations.”