Weekend recap: Pilot Point almost statebound

Pilot Point pitcher Skylar Cagle, seen here against Ponder, pitched her third no-hitter of the year in Game 1 of Pilot Point's series win against Commerce. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

At the start of the weekend, two area baseball teams and two area softball teams were still in the hunt to reach the state tournament.

At the end of the weekend, Pilot Point’s softball team was the lone team still clinging to state tournament aspirations.

Pilot Point is one of eight teams left in the Class 2A playoffs after the Lady Cats swept Commerce in the 2A regional semifinals. Sanger’s softball team was eliminated by Van, while Krum and Argyle’s teams got knocked out of the 3A baseball playoffs.

Let’s recap the weekend.

Softball

Class 2A Region II semifinal
Pilot Point sweeps Commerce, 2-0

Skylar Cagle’s arm grew weary on Friday night but the senior pitcher didn’t falter as she pitched a masterful performance in the Lady Cats’ series sweep of Commerce at Northeast Texas College in Mount Pleasant.

Cagle threw her third no-hitter of the year in Game 1 in a 1-0 victory. She followed the near perfect performance with a strong performance in the team’s 3-2 victory in Game 2. You can read all about those games here.

Pilot Point has been the top team in Class 2A all season, and that ranking has been validated so far through the postseason. With a win over Brock in a best-of-three series beginning Thursday, the Lady Cats will earn a spot in the state tournament.

Class 3A Region II semifinal
Van sweeps Sanger, 2-0

Like Pilot Point, Sanger was another team ranked among the top 10 by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

However, Sanger couldn’t get past Van in two games in Sunnyvale this weekend. Sanger had a three-run lead in the fifth inning but that vanished in the bottom half of the fifth.

It was a good run for the Lady Indians this season, but you can’t help but wonder if this was the team’s best shot at state in some time. With that being said, Sanger advanced farther in the postseason than it ever had under head coach Jae McMinn.

Baseball

Class 3A Region II quarterfinal
Princeton beats Krum, 2 games to 1

If you were at Denton High for Saturday’s Game 3 finale between Krum and Princeton, you were definitely in for a great game. Krum’s first season in 3A ended with a 7-5 loss in nine innings to Princeton.

If you’re a Bobcats fan, you have to be pleased with what the team accomplished in its first year in 3A.

For another week, Krum pitcher Ty Damron was sensational. The Texas Tech signee just missed out on another no-hitter in his 4-0 victory in Game 1. He allowed one hit and compiled 15 strikeouts in another great performance.

He’s the reason coaches don’t want to play a one-game playoff in the postseason. Damron was virtually unhittable towards the end of the season, an enviable asset for any coach.

Class 3A Region II quarterfinal

Melissa beats Argyle, 2 games to 1

Argyle and Krum both won the first game of their respective series, but both teams couldn’t pick up a win in the final two games. The Eagles suffered a disappointing playoff exit to a very talented Melissa squad.

Argyle looked strong all year and cruised to a District 10-3A championship, but the degree of difficulty escalated tenfold once the brackets began to include fewer and fewer teams.

The Eagles could have easily lost Game 1 and managed to squeak past the Cardinals in the series-opener.

After a sloppy Game 2, Melissa soundly defeated Argyle 13-4 in Game 3. Argyle finished the regular season ranked No.4 by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, and the Eagles had a strong shot of making it to state.

Melissa goes a round further than it did in the Class 2A playoffs last season, while Argyle’s season ends in the regional quarters for the second straight season.

 

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