RICHMOND – The Santa Fe Lady Indians are headed to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs after winning the deciding game of the first-round series against Lamar Condolidated on Saturday.
Santa Fe won the opener Friday, 1-0, then lost Game 2 on Saturday, 6-3.
But as she did in Game 1, freshman pitcher Shelbi Sunseri shut down the Lamar Consolidated offense en route to a 9-0 win in the deciding Game 3.
Sunseri battled on the mound, striking out five and only allowing four hits in her third complete game in less than 24 hours.
Sunseri also helped her cause at the plate, driving in three runs and coming up a triple short of a cycle.
The Lady Indians got the scoring started in the first inning when Erin Palmer got the first of the Lady Indians’ 13 hits with a one-out triple. Mycahla Howard then delivered a two-out single to score Palmer to get Santa Fe on the board. Sunseri followed, smacking a 2-1 pitch over the center field wall to give the Lady Indians a 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, Lamar Consolidated was threatening with runners on second and third and two outs when Lady Indian second baseman Courtney Clark made a leaping catch for the third out. The Lady Indians loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning that started with a Lacey Smith leadoff double to the left field wall.
But Santa Fe only pushed across one run, courtesy of an Erin Palmer an RBI single that scored Smith and pushed the lead up to 4-0.
Santa Fe tacked on another run in the fifth when Kayla Tisdale hit a run-scoring single to score Lacey Smith, who walked.
The Lady Indians broke the game open in the sixth inning when the first four batter reached base.
Palmer led off with a walk. Clark delivered an RBI double, scoring Palmer. Howard singled and Sunseri smacked a run-scoring double to left to score Clark.
Alicia Owens added an RBI ground out to score Howard.
Then Smith collected her second hit of the game with an RBI single to score courtesy runner Victoria Davidson.
Sunseri secured the series win for the Lady Indians by inducing a fly out to end the game.
Santa Fe will play Tomball Memorial in the area round next week.
In the second game of the series, The Lady Mustangs took advantage of Santa Fe pitcher Shelbi Sunseri’s two walks to start the game when both scored on a three-run home run by Lady Mustang Marisa Zuniga.
Lamar Consolidated added three more runs in the second inning with an Anisley Otta bases clearing double that put the Lady Indians in 6-0 deficit.
Sunseri settled down and gave up only two hits the rest of the game.
Santa Fe got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning thanks to both Howard and Owens connecting on run scoring singles that scored Palmer and Clark.
The Lady Indians tacked on another when Owens had her second hit of the game with a bloop single, scoring Clark, who led off the sixth inning with a single.
Down by three runs in the seventh inning, the Lady Indians got raw end of a ruling on a controversial call.
Shelbi Doherty hit a ball off the right field line that would have been a run scoring triple to score Kayla Tisdale, who led off the inning with a single.
The first base umpire called it fair, but the home plate umpire overturned it and called it a foul ball.
Sunseri struck out five, walked three, allowed seven hits, and six runs.