The Krum Lady Cats are making the most out of their first postseason trip in 15 years.
The Lady Cats are going to the area round after winning a Class 3A bi-district title over Argyle, claiming the best-of-three series with a 7-6 victory Saturday in Game 3. Krum won the opener before Argyle’s win Friday night forced the deciding game.
“I’m so proud of this team,” said catcher and leadoff hitter Rosa Rodriguez, one of only two seniors on the Krum roster. “This was a big accomplishment. We have gotten so much better this season. We knew we could do this.”
The last time Krum was in the playoffs was 1999, but this team, which includes five sophomores and three freshmen, advances to face Princeton (21-7) in a best-of-three series beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and a third game, if needed, would be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Game sites had not been announced.
Princeton advanced with a one-game, 30-0 blowout of Roosevelt.
Krum (19-13) set the tone early against Argyle when it sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning and scored five runs. The Lady Cats added two runs in the second and led 7-2.
Argyle rallied with three runs to close to within two after four innings. The Lady Eagles (14-18) had runners on base in each of the final three innings, and scored once in the seventh but could not get the tying run home.
Each team used the same pitcher for all three games — junior Kaycee Koiner for Krum and senior Alyssa Bruton for Argyle — and it was Koiner who had the better outing Saturday. She gave up six runs and seven hits, walked seven and struck out four, including the final batter with the tying run on first.
Krum finished with 13 hits against Bruton, another key for the Lady Cats.
“I was focused — we all were,” Koiner said. “We were mentally prepared for this game. I know a lot of their players, so that helped me.”
It also helped to have a five-run lead after one inning, sparked by Kaely Whatley’s two-run single. Argyle came back in the second with a couple of runs, but Krum answered in the bottom half as Whatley delivered another RBI.
The Lady Eagles scored a run in the third when Bruton doubled home Bailey Sutton, and they should have had more. They had bases loaded with one out before Bruton was forced at home, and with bases loaded again, Argyle came up empty on an infield fly out.
Argyle had bases loaded twice in the fourth inning as well and came away with two runs, one scoring on Bruton’s fielder’s choice and the other when Kennedy Cullum walked. A double play kept the Lady Eagles from getting any closer.
Argyle, which battled injuries the whole series, lost its leadoff hitter and center fielder in the fifth when Lilly Carter twisted her knee while batting, leaving her in severe pain on the ground in front of the plate. Her kneecap was popped back into place, and she was taken to a hospital.
Trailing 7-5, Argyle scored one last run in the seventh. Ashton Tarwater singled, stole second and scored on a throwing error. With courtesy runner Heather Atkinson on second and one out, Atkinson ran into the shortstop on a grounder and was called out for interference. With Kayli Pool on first, Koiner struck out the final batter.
“We kept making mistakes on defense,” Argyle coach Natalie Coonrod said. “Giving up five runs in the first inning really cost us, but we kept after it. This was great experience for us.”
It was Argyle’s first playoff experience for another young team. The Lady Eagles will lose just three seniors to graduation.
Krum 7, Argyle 6
W — Kaycee Koiner. L — Alyssa Bruton. 2B — A: Alyssa Bruton.