Katy, Tompkins continue postseason domination
The Katy and Tompkins softball teams have played three rounds in the Region III-6A bracket. They have yet to come close to losing a game, much less a series.
Both could receive their greatest challenge in the regional semifinals.
Katy faces District 24-6A champion Alvin, which swept Dobie 6-5, 9-1. Tompkins meets District 21-6A champion Deer Park, which swept Dawson 2-0, 8-7, rallying for eight runs in the seventh inning of the clincher.
But the Tigers and Falcons have been stellar to this point. Including a 10-0 series win against Ridge Point, Katy has outscored postseason foes 54-7. Tompkins swept Fort Bend Austin 5-0 and 14-2, running its playoff margin to 35-2.
Alyssa LeBlanc pitched a no-hitter in Katy’s victory, striking out 12 while walking two. She added a single, doubles and two RBIs at the plate.
Kailey Wycoff and Jacquie Kissamis both homered to power the offense, with Chloe Cobb adding two doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Tori Whillock was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI. Sydney Brinkman drove in two.
Kissamis homered again in game two, which the Tigers led 11-0 in the fourth inning before weather delays led to the series officially being recognized as a one-game Katy victory.
Chloe Cobb had a no-hitter going through three innings and homered in the game, while Cait Calland scored twice and Chloe Woodard had two hits and two RBIs.
Tompkins freshman Ashley Martinec finally gave up a run in her first postseason, as a third-inning home run ended a 21-inning shutout streak. But that was one of only two hits she allowed in the series.
Martinec struck out 11 in a one-hit shutout in game one, backed by a double and two RBIs from Brooke Lorenzo an Avery Hodge’s double and triple. Tompkins had six extra-base hits, with Reagan Heflin, Kendall McGary and Avery Witten all doubling and driving in a run.
Hodge was even better in game two, going 3 for 3 with a grand slam, three runs and four RBIs. Kat Ibarra doubled and drove in four, while Morgan Wright had two RBIs and Tauryn Alexander and Taylor Grace both scored twice.
Tompkins, which played in its first regional quarterfinal, will continue the best playoff run in school history this week among the state’s sweet sixteen.
Katy is one series victory from a remarkable fifth consecutive regional final appearance.