PLANO — The Aubrey Lady Chaps showed they can win close games, too.
After scoring 36 runs in a two-game sweep over Decatur in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs, the Lady Pioneers managed just six runs against Ferris in Game 1 of their Region II area playoff game Friday night at John Paul II High School.
Ferris, though, scored none as Aubrey pitcher Kaley Reding turned in an outstanding effort in the 6-0 victory over the Lady Yellow Jackets.
Reding, the senior pitcher bound for Eastern Oklahoma State, allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out 11 on 92 pitches. She hit one batter and no Lady Yellow Jacket advanced past second base.
Reding will be pitching agains today in Game 2 of the best-of-three series, which starts at noon at John Paul II in Plano, with Game 3, if needed, to follow. The winner advances to the regional quarterfinals against the winner of Sanger and Nevada Community.
“It’s good that we played that well,” said Aubrey coach Shon Ranton. “We did a good job of executing on the basepaths and a good job of executing our bunts.”
Ferris’ Shelby Savell pitched a solid game, forcing the Lady Pioneers to get creative with their offense. They also were able to take advantage of some untimely Ferris errors.
Aubrey (25-9) scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Reding and Logan Even hit consecutive back-to-back one-out singles and advanced on Niki Brogden’s groundout to first.
Emily Torres then slapped a hit up the middle that was knocked down by a diving second baseman Kewpie Steward. The throw to first would not have been in time as Reding scored, but Even also scored on the play when Steward’s throw was wide of first.
Aubrey had runners on base in each of the first three innings but could not push any runs across until the fifth. Reding reached on a one-out infield single and Even reached on an error. Brogden singled to score courtesy runner Ashton Kubicek.
Torres, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, followed with a near-perfect bunt down the first-base line to score Even. Another error allowed Brogden to score, and Torres capped the inning when she scored on a Savell balk.
Reding, meanwhile, shut Ferris (18-13) down, striking out six of the first eight batters she faced. She hit Baylee McBrannon with a one-out pitch in the first, then retired 11 straight before Arial Moreno opened the fifth with a single to left.
Aubrey 6, Ferris 0
WP — Kaley Reding. LP — Shelby Savell.