Lady Dogs make quick work of Ganado in bi-district

Mary Leopold takes charge from the circle against Ganado. The Lady Dogs beat Ganado 12-0. The ladies will face No. 3 Normangee in a best-of-three series starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.






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The Thorndale Lady Dogs (24-3) made quick work of their bi-district opponent on Wednesday night at Schulenburg, as they shut out Ganado 12-0 in just five innings.

Mary Leopold and Riley White combined for the shut out, with Leopold earning the win with her four innings of work.  She allowed no runs; one hit, struck out three and walked one.

White tossed one inning, striking out two.

The Lady Dogs move on to face No. 3 Normangee in the area round of the state softball playoffs.  The best-of-three series will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at Franklin High School on Friday. The second game will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.  If a third game is needed, it will be played at noon Saturday, back in Franklin.

Normangee is the winner of District 26-2A, while Thorndale was the second place team from 27-2A.

Against Ganado, the third place team from 28-2A, Thorndale score five runs in the first inning, spurred by a two RBI double by Madison Flores.

Another highlight was Madison Kelm’s two-run in the park home run.

Leopold helped her own cause with four RBIs on two hits.

The Lady Dogs managed 14 hits on the night.  Riley White had three hits in four at bats.

Thorndale head coach Lance Betak said the Lady Dogs had a great outing against Ganado and hopes that trend continues as they march on in the playoffs.

“We had maybe our best all around game of the year against Ganado,” Coach Betak said.  “We had great pitching, fielding and hitting performances. Hopefully, that will carry over into the area round of the playoffs.”