By GARY STALLARD
The two top-rated pitcher in Region XIV softball faced one another in Tuesday’s second round of the conference tournament, with Blinn’s Meghan Morris – the South Zone Pitcher of the Year – going up against Angelina College’s McKenna Fryar, the East Zone Pitcher of the Year.
Fryar won the matchup, tossing a complete-game shutout in AC’s 5-0 win in the Region XIV Conference Championship tournament at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex in Lufkin.
Fryar allowed just four hits in blanking the Bucs, striking out four over her full seven innings of work.
Riley Garrett helped Fryar’s cause with a four-RBI night. Garrett lined a three-run homer over the left-field wall in the third inning and added a RBI double to score Emilee Cernosek in the fifth. Jessica Husband picked up an RBI double in the second inning for AC’s other run.
The Lady Roadrunners (39-9) advance to Wednesday’s winners’ bracket against Tyler Junior College, 10-0 winners over San Jacinto on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.
In the day’s other action, Bossier Parish eliminated Coastal Bend with an 11-6 win and Kilgore knocked out Galveston by a 4-3 final score.
Wednesday’s games include San Jacinto vs. Kilgore at noon, Blinn vs. Bossier Parish at 2:30 p.m., AC vs. Tyler at 5 p.m. and the Blinn/Bossier Parish winner vs. the San Jacinto/Kilgore winner at 7:30 p.m.
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