The Foster softball team looked strong to open the postseason, dominating Northside 23-0 in five innings to advance to the area round of the 5A playoffs.
The Lady Falcons put up 14 runs in the third inning, while pitchers Amanda Allen and Peyton Welker held the Lady Panthers to scatter four hits in five innings.
“Right now, there’s a lot more of the offense that hasn’t yet to be seen,” Foster head coach Keely Shuler said. “(Northside’s) pitcher was a slower pitcher, so just adjusting at the plate helped, and going into the next round, we need to adjust early again.”
Foster scored three runs in the first as the Lady Falcons took advantage of an error in the outfield that allowed two runs to score. Then in the fourth inning, Foster got a couple of sacrifice flies that plated two runs, then Allen smacked a single scoring one, followed by an error allowing another runner to score to put the Lady Falcons up 7-0.
The third inning saw Welker get a RBI single, followed by a wild pitch that made it 9-0.
Outfielder Kylie Neel got a two-RBI hit, and Allen followed with a two-RBI single of her own that up the score to 13-0.
RBI hits by second baseman Leea Dempsey and first baseman Alexis Morin, along with a wild pitch put Foster up 16-0.
Foster (20-7) would score five more runs in the inning, followed by two more in the fourth inning.
“In the third inning, we just kept playing small ball, putting the ball on the ground,” Shuler said. “Going into next week, if we can’t hit, we got to change it up and adjust at the plate. So getting that practice in helped.”
The Lady Falcons will next face Barbers Hill in the area round next week. The Lady Eagles swept Texas City in their bi-district series, winning 3-0 in game one on Wednesday and 10-0 in six innings on Thursday.
Shuler hopes that her team can keep its momentum going against the No. 2 team in the state, according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
“It will be a tough road for us next week,” she said.