Round Rock beats Hayes in the playoffs

Maddie Azwa led on the board and in the circle as Round Rock beat Hays in a one-game playoff in Class 6A to reach the regional semifinals for the first time in 18 years.

Azua attacked, doubled and 13 hits Hayes to lead Round Rock to a 4-3 victory over Hayes in an eight-round regional quarter-final thriller Friday at West Lake High School.

“Maddy is our captain,” Round Rock coach Jennifer Pinter said. “The team is following her, and she put in an incredible effort tonight.”

Hayes thrower Katie Noble connects to a singles tour at home in a Class 6A third-round playoff against Round Rock.  Round Rock won the game 4-3 in eight rounds Friday at Westlake High School.

Round Rock (23-7) earned a full team effort behind the Azua pitch. Hit the clutch by Maddie Woodul, Brantley Lavas, Bailey Morrison and several formidable defenses from the Lavas at Shortstop, Woodul on the left field and quarterback Megan Merwick also proved a pivotal role.

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But one of the biggest plays in the game came from Round Rock Mask Mallary Medina in a play she chose not to do.

Emma Price continues to hit Round Rock in a Class 6A third-round playoff against Hays.  Round Rock won the game 4-3 in eight rounds Friday at Westlake High School.

Round Rock took a 4-3 lead with one win and two Hawks on the bases at the bottom of the eighth inning when MJ Johnson topped a slow cylinder in front of the board that crept into the third base line. Johnson probably made it to base and loaded bags into one of the Round Rock players trying to catch the ball and make a play, but Median waved coldly away from the players as the ball slowly rolled into the offending area. Johnson then returned to the board and crushed a linear motor into left field, where Woodul grabbed him. Azua then got the thirteenth and final blow to take the win.

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