By Josh Havard
The Rusk Lady Eagles brought the Diboll Lady Jacks’ softball season to an abrupt end by rolling to a Class 4A Region III Bi-District sweep last week.
Rusk opened the series with a late-surging offense in a 10-0 win in Diboll on Thursday night before pouncing on the Lady Jacks for an 11-1 victory in Rusk on Friday.
In Friday night’s game, the contest was never in doubt after the Lady Eagles plated 10 runs in the first inning.
Rachel Miller paced that offense with a pair of home runs in the first inning. Kaitlin Tugwell also had a pair of singles in the inning.
Diboll tried to get back in the game in the following inning as Aileen Robles led off with an infield single then came around to score after three straight walks.
Ashlee Pantoja also added a hit for Diboll, which finished the season with a 14-20 record.
However, Diboll was unable to avoid another run-rule loss as Joy Bradley delivered a solo homer in the fourth inning then blanked Diboll in the top of the fifth inning.
On Thursday night, Diboll dropped a 10-0 decision in six innings.
The Lady Jacks were able to hang with Rusk early with Robles blanking the Lady Eagles for three innings.
However, Rusk struck for eight runs in the fourth inning.
Tatum Goff delivered a three-run homer to highlight the action in that inning.
She added another home run in the sixth inning that allowed Rusk to put the 10-run mercy rule into effect.
In addition, she got the win in the pitching circle, working the first five innings while striking out nine and allowing two hits.
Rusk improved to 17-10-2 on the season and will advance to take on Madisonville this week.