Lady Blue Hawks sweep Frisco Memorial 2-0 in quarterfinals

By Rick Bailey
For the Prosper Press

Team eliminated by Hallsville in Class 5A Regional Semifinals 2-0

Rock Hill - Rock Hill (28-8) and Hallsville (26-8-1) went to battle this past week out in East Texas. The red hot Rock Hill team ran into an even hotter Hallsville squad and dropped the best of three series in two games straight. After an excellent inaugural season and a very tough playoff run the Lady Blue Hawks have capped off their season.

Rock Hill Lady Hawks Regional Semifinals Qualifiers (photo courtesy of Rock Hill softball)

There have been heroes up and down the lineup and on the field all season long. Every game several girls step up and provide the lift needed for the team. Sometimes it is the same players and many times it is different ones. A great inaugural season for Rock Hill Softball. 

Regional Semifinal Round Results -

In the opening game of the series the Lady Blue Hawks ran into Hallsville’s ace, Maddie Melton Melton who went the distance inside the circle and helped her own cause with a big night at the plate, and the Hallsville Ladycats (24-8-1) opened a Class 5A best-of-three regional softball semifinal series with a 5-0 win over Prosper Rock Hill (28-6). Melton struck out nine with no walks, scattering five hits over seven innings. At the dish, she tripled and drove in three runs.

In the final game of the series on Thursday night the Lady Blue Hawks were up 4-3. Hallsville’s Maddie Melton highlighted a seven-run seventh inning with a three-run triple, and the Hallsville Ladycats rallied for a 10-4 win over Prosper Rock Hill to complete a Class 4A regional semifinal sweep. 

Regional Quarterfinal Round Results -  

The Rock Hill Lady Blue Hawks (28-6) took only two games in their best of three series to eliminate Frisco Memorial (18-6). Rock Hill took a 6-2 victory in the first game on May 12. After giving up two runs to Memorial in the first, the Lady Blue Hawks shut them down. Rock Hill’s five run fifth inning put the game out of reach. Taylor Hagen picked up the win on the mound with nine strikeouts. 

Freshman Camilla Spriggs led the offense on the night going 2 for 2 with two rbi and a homerun. Taylor Hagen went 1 for 3 with one rbi and Jolie Malan went 1 for 4 with one rbi. 

The Lady Blue Hawks wrapped up the series on May 13 with a 7-1 win. The score was tied after three innings, but Rock Hill put up six runs in the sixth inning and shut Memorial down. Grace Berlage got the win on the mound with seven strikeouts. 

Freshman Emma Hill was 1 for 3 on the day with two rbi and one stolen base. Taylor Hagen was 2 for 3 with a double. Emily Alvarez was 1 for 3 with a double and one stolen base. Tristalyn Lee was 1 for 3 with one rbi and one stolen base. 

Area Round Results -  

Rock Hill (26-6) closed out its best of three playoff series with a 10-0 win over Woodrow Wilson (21-7). Grace Berlage was the winning pitcher getting six strikeouts. Emma Hill stole three bases and scored three runs. 

Dawson Hill was 2 for 3 at the plate with three rbi and one double. Jolie Malan was 1 for 2 with one rbi and one home run. Emily Alvarez was 1 for 3 with one stolen base and one double. 

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.  

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 Season Stats (through Frisco Memorial playoff series) - 

Season leaders for Rock Hill on offense include: Batting Average - Emma Hill .459, Veronica Culley .435, Jolie Malan .432, Emily Alvarez .430, Taylor Hagen .394, Katerina Luna .368, Leah Rinehart .296, Aislynn Hardin .279, Camila Spriggs .267, Grace Berlage .258 and Dawson Hill .244. Stats furnished by MaxPreps. 

Season leaders for Lady Blue Hawks on offense include: On-Base Percentage - Veronica Culley .500, Emma Hill .500,  Jolie Malan .491, Emily Alvarez .442, Taylor Hagen .427, Katerina Luna .412, Leah Rinehart .406, Aislynn Hardin .364, Camila Spriggs .357, Dawson Hill .340, Tristalyn Lee .293 and Grace Berlage .286. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in runs scored include: Jolie Malan 40, Emma Hill 39, Emily Alvarez 34, Veronica Culley 31, Katerina Luna 20, Camila Spriggs 16, Leah Rinehart 15, Aislynn Hardin 15, Tristalyn Lee 14, Dawson Hill 11 and Taylor Hagen 9. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Rock Hill leaders in runs batted in (RBI) include: Katerina Luna 43, Jolie Malan 33, Dawson Hill 17, Taylor Hagen 17, Veronica Culley 15, Emma Hill 14, Emily Alvarez 14, Aislynn Hardin 10, Camila Spriggs 8, Grace Berlage 8, Tristalyn Lee 6 and Leah Rinehart 4. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in extra base hits include: Doubles - Katerina Luna 15, Taylor Hagen 11, Dawson Hill 6, Jolie Malan 5, Emma Hill 4, Camilla Spriggs 4, Veronica Culley 3, Emily Alvarez 3, Tristalyn Lee 3, Grace Berlage 2 and Aislynn Hardin 2. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Rock Hill leaders in extra base hits include: Triples - Jolie Malan 8, Katerina Luna 3, Taylor Hagen 2, Aislynn Hardin 2, Emma Hill 2, Dawson Hill 2, Camilla Spriggs 2, Emily Alvarez 1, Tristalyn Lee 1, Leah Rinehart 1, Veronica Culley 1 and Grace Berlage 1. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in extra base hits include: Home Runs - Jolie Malan 5, Katerina Luna 3, Taylor Hagen 3, Dawson Hill 3, Camilla Spriggs 1 and Veronica Cully 1. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in baserunning include: Stolen Bases - Emma Hill 27, Emily Alvarez 23, Veronica Cully 22, Jolie Malan 16, Tristalyn Lee 9, Camilla Spriggs 9, Aislynn Hardin 7, Katerina Luna 6, Leah Rinehart 5, 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 (11-3) with 2.33 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 26 appearances and Taylor Hagen (11-2) with 2.47 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 22 appearances. Stats furnished by MaxPreps.