The Tolar Lady Rattlers stayed alive in the 10-2A softball playoff race despite an 11-0 loss to league-leading Grandview, dropping Tolar (13-12 overall) to 3-5 in the district.
The Lady Rattlers can still reach the postseason with a pair of wins this week, and some help from a couple of district mates.
Tolar is in a battle with Godley for the third and final playoff berth from district. The Lady Rattlers split their two games with Godley.
Godley (5-3 in district) is currently in third place and has games remaining against Grandview and Maypearl, the top two teams in the district. Tolar was playing at Maypearl last night and travels to Whitney Friday to wrap up the regular season.
The Lady Rattlers lost at home to Whitney earlier.
“We need to win our last two and hope the team that needs to lose will lose,” said Tolar coach Christie Collie.
The Lady Rattlers have dropped five of their past six games entering yesterday’s contest. This is on the heels of a nine-game winning streak that included a 2-0 start to district
The Lady Rattlers struggled offensively against Grandview, not managing a hit until Staci Ashley’s single in the fourth inning. Ali Isom also added a single.
Tolar, Lipan baseball fall
The Tolar Rattlers (12-9, 3-4 in 10-2) saw their three-game winning streak in district come to an end Friday with a 12-4 loss at home to Grandview.
The Rattlers had climbed back into the district playoff race with three straight wins after starting 0-3.
The Rattlers’ remaining three regular-season games are all on the road, at Maypearl last night, at Whitney Friday, and Monday at Godley.
Landon Morris managed a single and two RBIs in the loss, while Oompa Glavin singled, walked and drove in a run. Dusty Kimmel also drove in a run.
The Rattlers trailed 5-4 after scoring a run in the top of the third.
Lipan, which is enjoying its best baseball season in years, fell 8-2 at Eula Friday. Still, the Indians (6-4, all District 10-A games) are in the thick of the playoff chase.