By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

KENNARD – The Grapeland Sandiettes 14-1 win over the Kennard Lady Tigers capped off a remarkable turn-around season as they went from fourth place in district during the 2015-2016 to capturing the District 21-2A championship in 2016-2017.

With a 10-1 district record after their 14-1 win and a 1-0 forfeit to the Sandiettes, Grapeland sits alone at the top of the standings. The Slocum Lady Mustangs are in second place with a record of 9-2, with their two losses coming at the hands of the Sandiettes.

The Lady Mustangs will move down to compete at the 1A level when the playoffs begin leaving second, third and fourth place wide open as the Lovelady Lady Lions, Neches Lady Tigers and Latexo Lady Tigers battle it out for postseason seeding positions.

Lovelady hosted Grapeland on Friday, April 21 while Neches hosted Slocum and Latexo hosted Centerville. As of press time, the scores were unavailable.

Back to the Sandiettes. Grapeland traveled to Kennard on Monday and jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over the Lady Tigers in the first inning thanks to several miscues in the field.

Cadie Currie was in the pitcher’s circle for the Sandiettes and needed only seven pitches to retire the Lady Tigers in order and move the game along.

When the Sandiettes came to bat in their half of the second, the flood gates opened as they scored five runs to open up a 7-0 lead over the host team. The first four batters Grapeland sent to the plate all reached base and the Sandiettes plated two runs before the first out was recorded.

Grapeland added another run after the first out and two more after the second before Kennard could get out of the inning.

In the bottom half of the second, Currie yielded one of only three hits to the Lady Tigers, recorded an out on a grounder to short and hit a batter. She settled down after that to strike out the next two batters she faced to end the inning.

The Sandiettes put the game out of reach in the top of the third. After recording two quick outs to open the inning, the Lady Tigers’ yielded six runs. Haylee Reed singled to start the dam burst and scored on Taylar Mullen’s single. Hailee Sheridan doubled to drive in Mullen while Currie singled to knock in Sheridan.

Cora Thorpe came in to run for Currie and moved to second on Hannah Chipman’s single. Madi McCombs was up next and lined a double into the center field gap to plate both Thorpe and Chipman.

McCombs came around to score on Reagan Bishop’s single to close out the Sandiettes’ scoring in the third with Grapeland now ahead by a score of 13-0.

The Lady Tigers broke through for a run in their half of the third but that was all Kennard could muster.

The Sandiettes tacked on a run in the top of the fifth and when Currie retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning, the game was called.

Currie picked up the win with five innings of work. She yielded one run on three hits, struck out seven and walked one.

Ashley Roy took the loss with five innings pitched. She gave up 17 hits, 14 runs, struck out five and walked two.

At the plate for Grapeland, Cadie Currie was 4-4 with three RBI. Taylar Mullen was 3-3 with three runs scored, a RBI and a walk and Madi McCombs was 2-4 with four RBI and a run scored.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.