Lavaca started the 3A Region 1 playoffs in impressive fashion, beating Green Forest 19-0 on Monday.
Cheyenne Crawford pitched a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters she faced in five innings. Crawford was also 3-for-3 with a three-run home run and five RBIs.
“Cheyenne had some injury problems this year, but she is healthy now and really throwing well,” Lavaca coach Brian Schlinker said. “She was just a fastball-change up pitcher for most of the year, but now she is throwing all of her pitches with a lot of confidence.”
Bailee Crawford had three doubles and also had five RBI and Erica Schuster was 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple.
Lavaca Claims Regional Crown
Lavaca won the 3A Region 1 softball title in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, twice rallying in the final inning in the semifinals and championship.
Lavaca trailed Mansfield 7-3 with no one on and two out in the seventh in the first game and Codie Robertson started a rally that saw the Golden Arrows score five runs to win, 8-7.
That win advanced Lavaca to play Atkins in the championship game. The game was tied 1-1 with two outs and no one on when lone senior Haley Brown reached on a single. Brown moved to second base and scored the winning run as Bailee Crawford knocked her home with a hit.
3A State Tournament
Cheyenne Crawford pitched a no-hitter as the Lady Golden Arrows moved to the second round with a 1-0 win against Fordyce at White Hall High School. Crawford also scored the only run, doubling and coming home on a hit from Whitney Brown.
“The bats were cold, but Cheyenne did a great job and we made it through to the next game,” Lavaca coach Brian Schlinker said.
Lavaca 1, Harding Academy 0
Lavaca won its fourth straight one-run game in the playoffs, and its second consecutive 1-0 game at state by edging Harding Academy at White Hall.
Cheyenne Crawford pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Erica Schuster reached on a single, stole third and scored on a throwing error for the only run.
Lavaca played on Monday in the rain-delayed semifinals.