Jacksonville Daily Progress
The Harmony Lady Eagles proved to be a thorn in the side of the Troup Lady Tigers during the regular season.
That trend continued in a weekend Class 2A, Region III quarterfinal best-of-3 series that saw the Lady Eagles prematurely end Troup's post season run.
Harmony, the third-place team out of District 18-2A, nipped the Lady Eagles, who were the District 18-2A champions, 2-0 (8 innings) in Friday night's Game 1.
The loop rivals returned to Longview's Lear Park Saturday afternoon to settle things once and for all and that is exactly what the Lady Eagles did by besting the Lady Tigers, 1-0, in a 10-inning marathon.
The two clubs split their two regular-season meetings.
Troup ends the year with a 28-8 record while Harmony improved to 19-10.
The Lady Eagles will take on Crawford in a regional semi-final later this week.
“As a coach the most you can ask of your players is to give 100-percent and play with all of their heart; and that is just what our girls did,” Sam Weeks, Troup head softball coach said. “There were several times that our girls could have just given up during the course of our series this (past) weekend, but they did not; they kept their heads up and fought with all their might.”
Game 1: Harmony 2, Troup 0 (8 innings)
The Lady Eagles broke a scoreless game in the bottom of the eighth inning by sending two runners home. Harmony outhit Troup 5-4 in the contest. Bethany Mason Caitlin Tomlin, Katelyn Standley and Josee Ross collected hits for the Lady Tigers.
Standley, a Stephen F. Austin signee, crushed out a triple, which was the Lady Tigers' only extra-base hit.
Harmony pitcher Courtney Matulis fanned 14 batters in the game.
Game 2: Harmony 1, Troup 0 (10 innings)
Another day, another pitcher's duel between the Matulis and Troup ace Josee Ross.
Once again, it was Harmony that plate the winning run in the final frame to secure victory.
Keeley Chamberlain had a base knock and advanced into scoring position on a Haley Johnson bunt and a Troup throwing error.
Matulis gave up just three hits and struck out five to pick up the win in the circle.
Ross surrendered the lone run (unearned) and struck out 13 while walking only one.
Mason went 2-for-4 to pace Troup at the plate. Mason also accounted for a double in the game.
The Lady Tigers' remaining safety went to McKenzie Hugghins.