Regardless of how the season ended for the Wharton Lady Tigers, their season is a complete 180 from a year ago when they didn’t even win a district game.
This year, they at least put themselves in a position to advance.
They were on the cusp of accomplishing this feat until they ran into an a Fulshear Lady Chargers team that won nearly the regular season.
Wharton eventually lost back-to-back games – the first one in a district finale and the second in a fourth-place tie-breaker to determine who would be playing in the Class 4A Region IV playoffs.
Fulshear 14, Wharton 3
Wharton fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 14-3 loss to Fulshear on Thursday, April 18. Fulshear took the lead on a stolen base in the first inning.
Fulshear got things moving in the first inning, when it scored on a stolen base during an at bat. FHS then tripled, driving in a run.
Fulshear added six runs in the third inning. There were a dozen Fulshear batters who had RBI in the inning.
Nicole Bodeux toed the rubber for Fulshear. She lasted five innings, allowing three hits and three runs while striking out nine.
Wharton’s Chloe Villarreal started the game. She lasted one and one-third innings, allowing four hits and seven runs while striking out two and walking zero. Katelynn Schneider threw two and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Courtney Coleman, Cyra Rodriguez, and Villarreal each managed one hit to lead the Lady Tigers.
Fulshear racked up seven hits in the game. Fulshear stole four bases during the game as two players stole more than one.
Fulshear 15, Wharton 3
It was a tough day in a Thursday, April 25 tie-breaker game for the Lady Tigers Varsity, who lost 15-3 to Fulshear.
Wharton got on the board in the first inning when Bethany Gomez grounded out, scoring one run.
Fulshear knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning. An error scored one run for FHS. Fulshear pulled away for good with two runs in the third inning when an error scored one run and a single the next. FHS scored five runs in the fourth inning off of three hitters earning RBI.
Bodeux was on the rubber for FHS as she surrendered three runs on six hits over six innings, striking out 10 Wharton batters.
Villarreal was the starting pitcher for WHS once again. She went five and two-thirds innings, allowing 12 runs on 11 hits and striking out four.
Fulshear mashed two home runs on the day, one in the fifth and another in the sixth inning.
Alize Ramirez went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Wharton in hits.
Fulshear tallied 13 hits in the game.
District qualifiers in the playoffs
Among the teams that qualified for the playoffs out of District 25-4A and had bi-district game were El Campo (vs. Caldwell, to play Fredericksburg/Lampasas winner), Sealy (vs. La Grange, to play Liberty Hill/Bandera winner), Fulshear (vs. Bellville, to play Taylor/Wimberley winner), and Needville (vs. Giddings, to play Salado/Boerne winner).
Scores were not available by press time.