Highland Park got a firsthand glimpse into why Rockwall is one of the favorites to win the Class 6A state title.
The Lady Jackets emphatically ended the Lady Scots’ first playoff appearance on Friday with a 13-0 win that completed a sweep of a Region II area-round series. Rockwall claimed the series opener 17-0 on Thursday. Both games ended in five innings.
After pounding four home runs at their home field on Thursday, the Lady Jackets (24-0-1) blasted three more on Friday at HP, including a two-run shot by Dani Greenlee in the first inning that put Rockwall up 2-0.
With one out in the second inning, Bailey Wallace hammered a grand slam over the left-field fence to give Rockwall an 8-0 advantage before the Lady Scots (15-13) even posted their first hit. Savannah Cassady homered in the fifth to complete the scoring.
“I’m sure they’re going to make a long run,” said HP head coach Meredith Townsend. “Sometimes it’s fun for us to see what really good teams look like.”
Rockwall pitcher Emily Cowan was in control throughout the game, striking out seven while allowing just two hits – a two-out single by Emily Vandermeer in the second and a two-out single by Katie Bell in the third.
The loss ended the best season in program history for HP, which included a second-place finish in District 10-6A and a sweep of Irving in the Lady Scots’ first bi-district postseason series.
Townsend said both players and coaches can reflect proudly on their accomplishments this season, and can look forward to next year, when the HP roster will feature a deep senior class looking to build on its success.
“I think they’re really excited about next year,” Townsend said. “They’re great kids and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I’m extremely proud of them.”