PROSPER — Aubrey needed two wins Saturday against Bonham to extend its season.
After a four-run rally in the sixth inning, Aubrey seemed to be on the verge of erasing a six-run deficit and on its way to tying the best-of-three series.
But Bonham’s Allison Foster halted any hopes of a comeback, picking up a four-out save in a 7-4 victory in Game 2 of the Class 3A Region II bi-district series at Prosper.
With the sweep, Bonham (25-3) advances to face Lovejoy in the area round.
The Lady Chaparrals’ season comes to an end after a sixth straight playoff appearance.
Aubrey head coach Shon Ranton said the offense wasn’t consistent enough Saturday to keep pace with Bonham.
“When we can’t string anything together, the thing that upsets me is we’re not giving ourselves a chance because we’re too anxious,” Ranton said. “We’re too far out front instead of letting the ball travel [to the plate]. That was the main thing that held us up.”
Trailing by six runs in the sixth inning, Aubrey’s offense finally came alive, scoring four runs on five hits to chase Bonham starting pitcher Julie Nguyen.
Foster relieved Nguyen and got Aubrey’s Hailey Botoroff to ground out for the final out of the inning, ending the rally.
Lady Warriors head coach Micky Englutt said he got a little nervous when the Lady Chaparrals scored their fourth run in the inning. His nerves were calmed by Foster, who retired all four batters she faced to end the game.
“That’s a lot of pressure on a freshman to come in and do that,” Englutt said. “But she’s done that for me this year, and she’s done well when I’ve asked her to pitch. It’s a good thing to look forward to in the years to come.”
Cheyenne Walker led Bonham, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Logan Even went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in the loss for Aubrey (21-8). Kaley Reding (19-8) took the pitching loss for the Lady Chaparrals.
The Lady Warriors, who led 2-0 after three innings, scored three runs in the fourth and one run each in the fifth and sixth innings to give Nguyen (14-3) enough offensive support.
By the time Aubrey’s offense got going, there wasn’t enough time to erase the deficit.
Ranton said he thought his team could have accomplished more this season.
“I think we underachieved a little bit,” Ranton said. “I think we could have played better at times during the year. I think we could have played better today.”