FROM STAFF REPORTS
MOUNT PLEASANT —
Pilot Point’s Skylar Cagle showed why she’s one of the state’s top pitchers while leading the Lady Bearcats to a sweep over Commerce in a Class 2A regional semifinal softball series on Friday night.
Cagle struck out 22 batters in 14 innings as No. 1 state-ranked Pilot Point won 1-0 and 3-2 to advance to the regional finals. Cagle improved her season record to 23-0 as Pilot Point upped its team mark to 36-2.
Commerce finished the season with a 27-7 record after advancing the farthest in the playoffs in school history.
“We’re pretty athletic,” Commerce coach Jeff Davidson told Ben Baby of the Denton Record-Chronicle. “We’ve got a lot of speed. We kind of rely off our short game, our bunting and our quickness. That usually propels us. But you know, we usually hit the ball a little bit better. But that pitcher had a lot to say about how that went.”
Cagle, who has signed with Northwestern State University of Louisiana, fired a no-hitter in the first game, striking out 13.
Chaney Moreland, Commerce’s pitcher, allowed only seven hits and one run in the first game. Cagle and Preslee Galloway slugged triples for Pilot Point.
Taite McBee singled in a run for Commerce in the first inning of the second game following a throwing error.
Allison Strittmatter responded with a three-run homer for Pilot Point in the third inning.
Commerce added a second run in the fifth inning as Cagle finished with a three-hitter and nine strikeouts.