It quickly became apparent April 27 the state ranked Dripping Springs Tigers weren’t going to fall victim to a first round trap.
Twenty-two hits spread across five innings guided Dripping Springs to a dominant 25-0 five-inning softball bidistrict playoff round win over the LBJ Jaguars at the Noack Softball Complex.
Dripping Springs (27-6) advances to play Angleton in a best-of-3 playoff series at LaGrange High this weekend. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. Game 2 is scheduled for noon Saturday with a possible game 3 taking place 30 minutes afterward.
Fourteen Tigers recorded plate appearances in the LBJ contest with senior Kiele Miller leading the way by going a perfect 4 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs in the game.
Dripping Springs junior Danielle Northrup went 3 for 4 with a pair of hits and two RBIs, while Ryan Campbell went 2 for 2 with three RBIs.
In total, the Tigers went 25 for 38 at the plate as a team with 18 combined RBIs in the contest. Aiding the Tigers were nine LBJ errors in the game.
On defense, Miller and junior Paige Leschber combined to pitch a perfect game, allowing no walks and tossing a combined nine strikeouts. Miller earned the win by going three innings.
Dripping Springs leapt out to a 7-0 lead after two innings before exploding for 12 runs in the third frame.
The Tigers continued the barrage by tallying six runs in the final two innings of the game.