Top-ranked Katy advanced to the Region III-6A softball quarterfinals by sweeping Houston Lamar 10-0, 14-2 in a best-of-three area round playoff series.
In the deciding game two designated player Alyssa LeBlanc slugged a two-run home run in the second inning and pitcher Chloe Cobb added a solo shot in the third to back Cobb’s complete game in the circle.
Katy scored five runs in the top of the first inning and added six in the second and three in the third to break open the contest.
The Class 6A No. 1 state-ranked Lady Tigers improved to 34-1 on the season and will face No. 2 state-ranked Ridge Point this week with a berth in the regional semifinals at stake.
Ridge Point advanced by virtue of a 2-0 sweep (12-0, 8-1) of Cy-Fair in an area round best-of-three series.
Katy won the Class 6A state title in 2015 when LeBlanc, leftfielder Bailey Shashack and shortstop Kayla Garcia were freshmen. Garcia was named the state championship game MVP.
Other key Katy players include Amy Hitt, Tori Whillock, Cait Calland, Kat Lopez, Chloe Woodward and Hannah Olivares.
Katy is coached by Kalum Haack.