Alto and Zavalla battled like cats and dogs throughout their three game Class A regional quarterfinal series on Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Pollok Central High School.
Zavalla scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning in the decisive Game 3 on Saturday to come from behind to trip up the No. 1-ranked Lady Jackets, 8-6, which enabled the Lady Eagles to take the series, 2-1.
On Friday, after waiting out a delay for lightning in the area, Alto defeated the Lady Eagles, 7-4, in the first contest in the best-of-three series.
Zavalla battled back to win the second game, 4-2, to force the rubber game on Saturday afternoon.
Alto ends the year at 22-5, while Zavalla advances to play either Grapeland or Cayuga in a Region III semi-final.
Friday: Game 1 — Alto 7, Zavalla 4
The Lady Jackets played an efficient game and made the most of their chances, despite being outhit 11-8 by the Lady Eagles, the District 23-A champions.
Zavalla stranded 10 runners in the game, which hurt the Lady Eagles in the long run.
Hanna Watson had three hits to pace the Alto attack, including a triple in the fifth inning and a two-base knock in the third.
Alyssa Duplichain had two hits, including a triple, for the Lady Jackets.
Alexa Russo carved out an RBI double that scored Jakamri Green.
Madison Crisp earned the pitching victory for the Lady Jackets. She struck out five, walked three in notching the complete game win in the circle for head coach Luke Balkom's ladies.
Friday: Game 2 — Zavalla 4, Alto 2
A 3-run third inning was enough to garner the Lady Eagles the win in the nightcap.
Duplichain blasted a fourth-inning triple that helped Alto close the gap.
Duplichain came on in relief of Crisp and tossed 4.1 innings and gave up no earned runs and fanned two and walked one.