It’s on to the second round of the Division III state playoffs for the Douglas Lady Bulldog softball team who shutout Lee Williams High School of Kingman 15-0 Saturday in a first round game played at Douglas High School.
The 10th seeded Lady Bulldogs will now head to Rose Mofford Stadium in Phoenix where they will play Catalina Foothills Thursday in the second round. Foothills, the seven seed, edged Lake Havasu 5-4 Saturday in its first round game.
Following a scoreless first inning Saturday the Lady Bulldogs got things going in a big way offensively in the second inning scoring seven runs off seven hits.
Thalia Higuera led off the inning with a triple and her pinch runner, Yani Espinosa, would soon score the first run of the game on a Jocelyn Hurtado triple. Hurtado would eventually score on a passed ball giving Douglas a 2-0 lead. Crystal Munoz laid down a bunt that scored Yasmin Murquia. Yvette Soto’s two run double scored Murguia and Yessika Galaz. Diana Barallardos closed out the inning with a two run home run to left field giving Douglas a 7-0 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs kept the offensive momentum going in the third as Douglas again rallied for seven run increasing its lead to 14-0.
Soto smacked a three run home run that gave Douglas an 11-0 lead. Barallardos, Mendoza and Hurtado would each later score that inning for the Lady Bulldogs.
Douglas added one more run in the fourth and then held the Lady Volunteers scoreless in the top of the fifth allowing the game to be called on account of the 10-run mercy rule.
Galaz started the game in the circle for Douglas and threw four innings of shutout ball. She finished the game giving up no runs off two hits while fanning seven and walking one.
Dani Estrella came in to pitch in the fifth and allowed no runs off one hit.
The Lady Bulldogs pounded out 16 hits in the game. Galaz and Higuera each were 3 for 3 with a triple, Munoz 3 for 4 with a double, Soto 2 for 3 with a double and a home run, Barallardos 1 for 2 with a home run, Hurtado 1 for 2 with a double and Brianna Mendoza and Murguia each were 1 for 3.
After the game Douglas’ coach Lorena Tapia said her team has been swinging the bats well all season but for some reason things have really picked up this past week as her squad had some solid hits in wins over Pueblo and Nogales.
Not since 2010 when Tapia’s daughter Erica, has a Douglas team been past the first round of state. That year the Lady Bulldogs went to the state semifinals before falling.
Tapia is encouraging her players to enjoy the moment but to also take it one game at a time as the Lady Bulldogs advance in the DIII state tournament.