Russ grand slam lifts Lady Hornets over Redwater

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By Kenny Mitchell

The Hooks Lady Hornets won the battle of Bowie County over the weekend, besting the Redwater Lady Dragons in their best of three series with back to back wins to earn a Regional Quarterfinal Championship.
Game Two on Saturday was a thriller, with a grand slam off the bat of Hooks’ catcher Abby Russ rocketing the Lady Hornets to a 6-2 lead in the top of the 6th inning. Redwater was not done though, scoring once in their half of the 6th and twice more in the bottom of the 7th, coming up just one base short of tying the game.
Marena Estell earned the win and Bethanee Calicott took the loss.
At the plate, Russ and Sidney Pardue were the big sticks for Hooks. Pardue homered in the 3rd inning. Redwater had eight hits in the game with Ramzi Smith, Bailey O’Bannon, Kelsey Harris and Savannah Corbell each having multi-hit performances.
Next up in the Regional Semis for the Lady Hornets will be Howe. The series will be played at Paris Chisum with Game 1 on Thursday at 7 p.m. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. and Game 3 will follow if necessary.
The boys from Hooks also advanced as ace hurler Dylan Pool threw another shutout to blank Ore City 10-0. Pool allowed just five hits, no walks and struck out six to earn the win.
The Hornets’ bats were on fire in the game with 11 hits, including multiple hits by Seth Mahar, Marquiz Estell, Ty Wilsford and Phillip Moore.
The Hornets advanced to the Regional Quarterfinals where they will face New Diana. Game 1 is scheduled for Wednesday at Texas High with the first pitch slated for 7 p.m. Game 2 will be on Friday at Pine Tree in Longview starting at 5 p.m. Game 3 will follow if needed.
The James Bowie Pirates also advanced to the next round with a two game sweep of Carlisle.
The Pirates will next challenge Union Grove in a three game series starting on Thursday at Mt. Pleasant High at 6:30 p.m.
Game 2 is on Friday also at 6:30 p.m. in M2. Pleasant and Game 3 if needed will be played on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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