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47032447Pictured: Pflugerville’s Macee Robins loses herself for a moment after scoring Pflugerville’s winning run against Lake Travis Saturday at Pflugerville High School. (Photo Jerry Saulman for Pflag)

The Pflugerville High School softball team will travel to Mumford on Friday for a 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. area round matchup with Humble Kingwood. The Panthers swept Lake Travis last week by scores for 5-2 and 2-1 to advance.

The Panthers will play a possible Game 3 with Kingwood on Saturday at noon.

How did they get there: Saturday

Shelby Sells smacked a single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning as Pflugerville (20-7 overall) eliminated Lake Travis (18-11 overall) from the postseason with a 2-1 win at home.

Brooke Berding, who got the start on the mound a day after Sells beat the Cavaliers 5-2, kept inducing fly balls and ground outs all game and allowed just three hits.

“Those are tough, especially when everything is on the line,” Lake Travis coach Christie Knoz said. “But I’m proud of the girls because they fought really hard. I think if there’s one thing we talked afterwards it’s making adjustments at the plate. We had a lot of fly-ball outs and never really got our offense going.”

Jade Jameson gave Pflugerville a lead in the second inning with an RBI triple that scored Casey Ingram. The Cavaliers bounced right back with a run when Riley Cunningham drove in Baylee Kuss with a sacrifice fly.

The scoring stopped there until Berding led the eighth inning off with a single, Ingram walked and Jameson got an infield hit. After the Panthers stranded nine base runners in the game, Sells sent a ball into center field for a two-out walk-off win.

“We had just left so many runners on base the entire game,” Pflugerville coach David Sesson said. “Especially with the middle of our order up, two, three, four and five – you just knew sooner or later somebody was going to come through. And that was a big hit by Shelby right there.”

Lake Travis pitcher Zoe Bacon kept the Panthers at bay for much of the game, and finished with six strikeouts in the game.

Pflugerville improves to 3-0 against Lake Travis in bi-district round games this school year following the Panthers’ win in football and girls basketball.

How did they get there: Friday

A command pitching performance from Sells and two big innings at the plate gave Pflugerville the early edge in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs, as the Panthers beat Lake Travis 5-2.

Sells pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run on two hits. She struck out 10 and walked two.

The offense came in bunches for the Panthers, as the team scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning and two in the seventh.

Lake Travis took an early lead in the first inning when Allison Brascom scored from second when Pflugerville mishandled a Zoe Bacon line drive, giving the Lady Cavs a 1-0 advantage.

Pflugerville’s Brooke Berding jumped-started the Panthers’ productive third inning with a solo home run. The Panthers then took advantage of two Lake Travis errors to put two more runs on the board. After reaching on walk, Danielle Nobles scored from second when a Casey Ingram double led to an errant throw. Nobles advanced to third on the miscue and was plated when the Lake Travis shortstop misfielded a Jade Jameson ground ball.

The Lady Cavs closed the gap in the bottom of the sixth. Lake Travis hitter Bacon sent a home run over the left-center field wall to bring the game to 3-2.

The Panthers responded with a home run of their own in the final inning. Nobles launched a two-out, two-run shot to put the game out of reach for the Lady Cavs.

Lake Travis pitcher Bacon threw a complete game as well, giving up one earned run on eight hits. She struck out two and walked three.

Berding was the only Panther to register multiple hits, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and an RBI.

The Lady Cavs’ two hits came courtesy of Brascom and Bacon. Brascom was 1-for-3 with a double, while Bacon was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

— Kyle Gregory

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