Lady Tigers Class 6A Regional Semifinals Starts Friday Against The Woodlands
The Belton Lady Tigers will have a tough row to hoe starting Friday night in Mumford, as Big Red will take on The Woodlands. The series will be broadcast in its entirety exclusively on KTEM NewsRadio 14 in Belton, Temple and Killeen, or listen live at ktemnews.com and on the RadioPup app starting at 6:40 p.m. Friday night for game one, 4:45 p.m. for game two and if a third game is needed in the series, it will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of game two.
Mumford, an artificial turf field surface, will not be foreign to the Lady Tigers. Belton played their Regional Quarterfinals series against Rowlett at Highland Park's Scots Field. They swept the series, winning 10-0 and 6-1.
Sidney Holman leads team from the circle. In the postseason, Holman is 5-0 in 29 innings pitched, has allowed just two runs, has an earned run average of 0.48, has only allowed eight walks and has 56 strikeouts. She reset her own Belton single-season strikeout for a season, which was 218, in 178 innings and 2,999 pitches last season. She is at 238 in 145 innings and has thrown just 2,306 pitches this season.
Belton's offense has been lethal in 2015, without the presence of the long ball. In 2014, they set a school record with 32 homers. In 2015, they have 15 homers. They have a team average .390, have an on-base percentage of .469 and are a deadly 124-of-292 with runners in scoring position (.425).
The Woodlands is a speed-driven team, with several players committed to NCAA Division I, Division III and NJCAA colleges.
The two schools have history between them. The Woodlands took two of three from them in 2006 and Belton played them close in the Class 5A Semifinals in 2011, with the Lady Highlanders winning 2-1 in eight innings and 3-2. At that time, Belton was the only team to play The Woodlands, who were defeated at the time, and lose by less than two runs. The Lady Highlanders won the Class 5A Championship with a 44-1 record and were national champions as well.
If you can't make it to Mumford, this is a series that you do not want to miss. Tony Adams will have the play-by-play call and Ron Stewart will join him for the color analysis.