Five critical seventh inning runs helped the Dripping Springs Tiger softball team gather enough separation to outlast the Kerrville Tivy Antlers in a wild 15-9 regional quarterfinal slugfest.
Dripping Springs (36-2), currently ranked 3rd in Class 5A, advances to play Corpus Christi Flour Bluff in a winner-take-all one game regional semifinal contest Friday, 6 p.m. at Jourdanton High.
Supporting the Tigers Friday was an offense that scattered 16 total hits on Tivy pitching. Both teams combined for 28 total hits in the contest.
Tivy led 3-2 after two frames before the Tigers exploded for a five-run third inning. The outburst gave Dripping Springs a 7-3 lead.
The Antler offense, however, outscored the Tigers 6-3 over the next 3.5 innings, cutting Dripping Springs’ lead to 10-9 heading into the seventh.
Dripping Springs countered with five more runs in the seventh frame, highlighted by an RBI double from Mackenzie Pierpoint that allowed the Tigers to pull away.
Tiger Izzy Bermudez went 4 for 5 at the plate with an RBI and two doubles. Pierpoint and Brooke Rummel both went 2 for 4 with a combined four total RBIs on the night, while Camille Corona went 3 for 6 with an RBI and a team high three stolen bases.
In the circle, Tiger pitcher Kyndall Womack gave up nine runs on 11 hits and struck out four batters over the course of seven innings.