Regardless of whether she’s inside the circle or standing at the plate, Tierrah Williams has a positive impact on Atascocita High School softball games.

As the three-hole hitter in Atascocita head coach Ashley Boyd’s lineup, Williams is counted on to be a run producer for the Eagles. She’s also the team’s ace pitcher.

Williams tossed a complete-game one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in Atascocita’s 5-0 victory over Pearland Dawson in game one of a Class 6A Region III area-round playoff game.

After trailing 1-0 in game two following a solo home run to left field by Dawson’s Courtney Day, Williams’ bat paid dividends in the midst of a three-run third-inning uprising with a hit to prolong the inning. Kimber Neal followed with a two-run double and Lillian Grotenhuis added an RBI single.

Dawson rallied to tie the game (3-3) in the fifth inning on Alexis Zarate’s two-run double.

Yet Sarah Cedillo’s answered with a run-scoring double in the sixth inning that plated Grotenhuis and proved to be the game-winner in Atascocita’s 4-3 series clinching win.

Williams gave up five hits with 11 strikeouts while going the distance.

Atascocita, 26-2, advances to the Region III-6A quarterfinals against Pasadena Memorial later this week. The Eagles were Region II-6A champions and advanced to the state tournament last year.

“This was a team win right here,” Boyd said. “I saw a team that wanted to win. Different kids are contributing.

“Williams finally got some pitches to hit and she did a great job when we scored a few runs,” Boyd said.

“In regards to her pitching, she didn’t get rattled after the home run. She’s going to go after you with her best stuff every game.”

The Atascocita ace retired 10 consecutive hitters at one point and gave up no walks over the course of throwing 97 pitches.

“It wasn’t an easy game, but it means a lot to us,” Williams said. “Now we can push forward and move to the next round.”

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