Special to the News-Standard
LUFKIN — The Lady Indians are moving on to the regional semifinals after two wins over West Sabine in the quarterfinal rounds on Thursday and Friday.
West Sabine, the defending regional champs, lost 3-1 on Thursday and 5-0 on Friday.
Coach Chris Sexton said Game 1 was a pitching and defensive dual between the two teams with both teams pitching shutouts until the fifth, when West Sabine notched a run.
The Lady Indians would respond in the bottom of the sixth when, with two runners on, Megan Luce comes up and on the first pitch hits a 3-run homer over the centerfield wall, giving the Lady Indians a 3-1 lead.
The girls would hold lead through the seventh and for the win.
Lexi Easterling, Kiki Smith, Landree Martin and Luce provided the hits for Groveton, with Luce’s homer being the key to the win.
Luce also got the win on the mound, pitching just over 6 innings; Martin closed the game, and the two combined for 6 strikeouts while allowing only 4 hits.
In game 2, the Ladies started fast at the plate, scoring 3 runs in the first. The bats went cold until the fifth when the ladies put up 2 more for a 5-0 lead.
Sexton said West Sabine would threaten a couple times to score, but the pitching and defense were on point to finish the game and the ladies come away with a 5-0 victory.
Abby Lee, Easterling, Smith, Martin and Luce each got a hit in the contest.
Martin had full mound duty, allowing only four hits and one base on balls while tossing nine strikeouts.
Groveton faces Kerens at Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse for a three-game series on Thursday.