By David Jenkins
PROSPER – The Lady Panthers knocked off Krum in two games last season in a best-of-three area round series.
The Lady Bobcats returned the favor by winning two of three games in Class 4A Region II.
They dropped the opener 4-3, then won the next two 12-9 and 10-4.
Krum advances to the regional quarterfinals to take on district opponent Celina.
Below is a break down of how the three-game series at Prosper played out.
Krum (27-3 overall) jumped out to the early lead in the top of the third inning with a run.
They tacked on two more in the sixth.
Princeton (16-8) countered with a two-run homer from Makayla Smith in the bottom half.
The Lady Panthers tied the game at 3-3 on a pair of errors and a third error helped them to the comeback win.
They finished with seven hits, led by Alexis Morton (double), Lyndze Curry (RBI) and Smith (homer and RBI).
Katy Wilson picked up the decision, after pitching the final two innings and allowing three hits.
Rachel Solis went the first five, gave up a pair of earned runs and struck out two.
Princeton took an early one run lead and Krum countered with a two spot for a 2-1 advantage.
Things took a turn for the worse as the game was delayed for nearly five hours.
After the extended break, the Lady Bobcats went up 7-1, after scoring five runs.
The Lady Panthers put up one in the top of the third and fourth innings.
Krum countered with three runs in the bottom of the third, one in the fourth and fifth.
Trailing 12-3, the Lady Panthers went on a tear scoring six runs on six hits, with three being doubles.
Krum held on for the win by holding the opposition scoreless in the seventh.
Princeton racked up four hits, but had eight errors in the field of play.
Leading the way at the plate were Morton (double and RBI), Lindsey Tarby (pair of RBI’s), Ali Saldivar (three RBI’s and a double), Smith (two RBI’s and a double), Wilson (RBI) and Abby James (double).
In relief of Solis, Wilson took the loss, after giving up three hits and two homers.
Solis went the first two innings, allowed four hits, walking two and striking out one.
Krum jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, scoring once in the top of the first, five in the third, and two each in the sixth and seventh on 14 hits.
Princeton managed a run in the fourth and three in bottom half of the seventh of seven hits.
The defense had an error.
Top hitters for the Lady Panthers were Saldivar (double and three RBI’s) and Smith (homer).
From the circle, Solis went nearly three innings and taking the loss was Wilson.
The latter tossed the final four frames, gave up four earned runs, walked two and struck out one.