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Softball: TWU advances to final

Lone Star tournament semifinals

From news reports

CANYON — Katie Hines drove in three runs and picked up her 11th win in the circle to lead No. 6 TWU to a 10-7 win over Midwestern State in the Lone Star Conference tournament semifinals Saturday.

TWU will face host West Texas A&M in the championship game at 1 p.m. today.

The Pioneers (45-12) got on the scoreboard in the top of the second on back-to-back doubles by Kendra Sancet and Sarah Wittenburg.

TWU made it 2-0 in the third. Bailey Vrazel singled with one out, stole second and moved to third on Amanda Ruiz’s single. Lizzy Kelly then hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

Midwestern State took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the third. The Mustangs’ first six batters reached base on five singles and walk.

The Pioneers answered with six runs in the top of the fourth, sending 12 batters to the plate to take an 8-4 lead. Hines drove in two runs in the inning, while Ruiz, Kelly, Sancet and Jordan Readicker each recorded an RBI.

The Pioneers added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Haley Colwell led off with a triple and scored on a two-out single by Hines. Readicker followed with a single to center to bring home TWU’s 10th run.

The Mustangs scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 10-7.

Senior Larisa Garcia started in the circle before Hines relived her in the third. Hines tossed 4 1/3 innings to improve to 11-3. Brandie Lander came on in the seventh and recorded two outs before Garcia came back in for the final out and posted her second save of the season.

“I knew I was the first relief going in, and I was ready,” Hines said. “We need to score lot of runs to beat this team, and the big inning was key for us.”

Hines went 2-for-3 with one run and three RBIs, while Ruiz went 4-for-4 with two runs. Sancet was 3-for-4, and Kelly and Readicker had two RBIs apiece.

“Katie hasn’t pitched in a long time, and she did an outstanding job in relief,” TWU coach Richie Bruister said. “We had confidence in her because she held Midwestern State to one run during the regular season at their place. We knew today was going to be a battle.

“We got good pitching when we needed it, and it’s nice to see our offense come alive.”

TWU 10, Midwestern State 7