Lady Blue Hawks take lead into the weekend over the Wilson Wildcats

By Rick Bailey
For the Prosper Press

Rock Hill - The Rock Hill Lady Blue Hawks (25-6) took a 1-0 lead with their 9-1 win over Woodrow Wilson (21-6) in the UIL Class 5A softball playoffs. The Lady Blue Hawks held a 4-1 lead, but put up a five spot in the sixth inning to lock down the win.  

Rock Hill went into Saturday, May 8 with the first of possibly two games at noon. If the Lady Blue Hawks got the first game they would advance out of the Area round of the playoffs. If they didn’t then they would play a second game 30 minutes after the first one to break the tie in the best of three series. 

Taylor Hagen led Rock Hill at the plate on Friday night going 3 for 4 with a double and one rbi. Katerina Luna was 2 for 4 with a home run and two rbi. Emily Alvarez went 2 for 3 with an rbi and a stolen base, Tristalyn Lee went 1 for 2 with one double, Emma Hill was 1 for 2 with a triple and a stolen base and Veronica Culley was 1 for 1 with two stolen bases and scored two runs. Grace Berlage got the win on the mound and had 11 strikeouts. 

Rock Hill will face Frisco Memorial (18-4) who was a 14-1 winner over Dallas Adamson (6-4) in a single game series. The next round of the UIL Class 5A softball playoffs is the Regional Quarterfinals. 

Rock Hill Season Stats (through Reedy playoff series) - 

Season leaders for Rock Hill on offense include: Batting Average - Emma Hill .500, Jolie Malan .458, Emily Alvarez .439, Katerina Luna .391, Taylor Hagen .362, Leah Rinehart .333, Aislynn Hardin .284, Camila Spriggs .259, Grace Berlage .258 and Dawson Hill .250. Stats furnished by MaxPreps. 

Season leaders for Lady Blue Hawks on offense include: On-Base Percentage - Emma Hill .538, Veronica Culley .518,  Jolie Malan .516, Emily Alvarez .446, Katerina Luna .440, Leah Rinehart .407, Taylor Hagen .403, Aislynn Hardin .368, Dawson Hill .349, Camila Spriggs .344, Grace Berlage .286 and Tristalyn Lee .277. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in runs scored include: Jolie Malan 35, Emma Hill 32, Emily Alvarez 30, Veronica Culley 27, Katerina Luna 19, Aislynn Hardin 15, Camila Spriggs 14, Leah Rinehart 13, Dawson Hill 11 and Tristalyn Lee 10. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Rock Hill leaders in runs batted in (RBI) include: Katerina Luna 40, Jolie Malan 31, Dawson Hill 14, Taylor Hagen 14, Emily Alvarez 13, Veronica Culley 13, Emma Hill 12, Aislynn Hardin 10, Grace Berlage 8, Camila Spriggs 5, Tristalyn Lee 5 and Leah Rinehart 2. Stats furnished by MaxPreps..

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in extra base hits include: Doubles - Katerina Luna 15, Taylor Hagen 8, Jolie Malan 5, Dawson Hill 5, Emma Hill 4, Camilla Spriggs 4, Veronica Culley 3, Emily Alvarez 2, Grace Berlage 2, Tristalyn Lee 2 and Aislynn Hardin 2. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Rock Hill leaders in extra base hits include: Triples - Jolie Malan 7, Katerina Luna 3, Aislynn Hardin 2, Dawson Hill 2, Taylor Hagen 2, Veronica Culley 1, Emily Alvarez 1, Leah Rinehart 1, Emma Hill 1, Tristalyn Lee 1 and Camilla Spriggs 1. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in extra base hits include: Home Runs - Jolie Malan 4, Dawson Hill 3, Taylor Hagen 3, Katerina Luna 2  and Veronica Cully 1. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in baserunning include: Stolen Bases - Emma Hill 22, Emily Alvarez 18, Veronica Cully 17, Jolie Malan 15, Camilla Spriggs 8, Aislynn Hardin 7, Katerina Luna 7, Tristalyn Lee 6, Leah Rinehart 4, Dawson Hill 4, Aydra Oliverez 2 and Grace Berlage 2. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Pitching for the Lady Blue Hawks falls on the arms of Grace Berlage (8-3) with 2.78 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 23 appearances and Taylor Hagen (10-2) with 2.65 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 21 appearances. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.