The Friendswood Lady Mustangs picked up their seventh win in a row, outlasting the Clear Springs Chargers, 3-2, Thursday at Friendswood High School.
Starting with a big win over district-leading Alvin back on March 24, the Lady Mustangs have climbed all the way up standings and into third place with a 9-4 record and have clinched a postseason berth.
With the defense making plays when it counted, freshman starting pitcher Haven Franks picked up the win for the Lady Mustangs pitching all seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out two.
In the top of the first inning, facing a bases-loaded no-out situation, Lady Mustangs senior third baseman Julianna Tinger made a game-saving play, stopping an early rally when she gloved a line shot hit right at her and fired it to first base for the double play.
The Lady Mustangs picked up an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when junior Kendall Cross mashed a double that rolled to the left field wall, scoring senior Ashley Elliot from first base.
The Lady Mustangs struck again when senior Savannah Hartman led off the third inning by being hit by a pitch.
A sacrifice bunt by Hannah Carpenter moved Hartman over to second base, and Elliot drove Hartman home on a single for a 2-0 lead.
Elliot was moved to second base when Cross hit into a fielder’s choice at first base, and was driven home by junior Emily Jackson with a single for a 3-0 lead.
Bree DeVault (2-for-3, double, two runs) sparked the Chargers, leading off the fifth inning with a double down the left field line. A ground out moved DeVault over to third base, and she was driven home on a slow ground out to second by Shea Smith.
DeVault also sparked the late seventh inning rally when she drew a one-out walk. Franks struck out the next batter, Kaylee Thomas, but the next batter, Smith, drove a single to right, moving DeVault into scoring position.
Dani Elder drove in DeVault on a single, and the score was cut to 3-2. However, Franks would induce a Lauren Whitley pop fly to third base, where Tinger put the ball away for the win.
Next up for the Lady Mustangs is the district finale on the road 6:30 p.m. today against district-leading Alvin (12-1 in district).
The Chargers (6-7) will battle for pride in their finale at home against Clear Lake (0-13) at 6:30 p.m. today.