Lady Friars' season ends in second-round loss to defending champions

Senior Kristen Linares had a game-high three hits in Tuesday's season-ending playoff loss to defending state champion Incarnate Word.
Senior Kristen Linares had a game-high three hits in Tuesday's season-ending playoff loss to defending state champion Incarnate Word.

GEORGETOWN — Bishop Lynch gave Incarnate Word all it could handle during Tuesday's TAPPS Division I Regional playoff game, but the defending state champions used three home runs to push their way past the Lady Friars by an 8-3 score at East View High School.

Senior Kristen Linares had more hits (3) than any other player in the game, but the Lady Friars (18-12-1) were able to get just four hits from the rest of the team.

The Shamrocks (23-7) hit two inside-the-park homers and another that cleared the fence in left field for three of their 11 hits in the contest.

The first round-tripper broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third. The second and third came in the Shamrocks' three-run seventh inning.

The Lady Friars trailed 5-0 before finally breaking through in the sixth inning when freshman Alexis Martinez scored on an error by Incarnate Word. Freshman KyLeigh Freeman doubled home Gabi Quintanilla in the seventh and Linares brought Freeman home with her third single and the Lady Friars' final run of the season.

Sophomore Abby Thrash went the distance and pitched out of several jams in the early innings but took the loss, allowing four earned runs while striking out four and walking two.

The Lady Friars should return a very strong team for 2018 as the club loses just three seniors – Linares, Anabell Quinn and Rhiannon Townsend.