Rock Creek blew away No. 3-seed Goodland 11-2 on Friday night to advance to Saturday’s Class 3A semifinals at Anneberg Park.
The Mustangs — seeded No. 6 — advanced to play Silver Lake Saturday morning.
Despite three scoreless innings to open the game, the Mustangs caught fire and in the top of the fourth scored four quick runs to take a lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Rock Creek did much of its damage with its short game, and multiple key bunts.
“They executed it perfectly,” Rock Creek head coach Jeri Brummett said about the success in the inning.
Solid pitching from Rock Creek pitcher Katie Hodges earned the senior a victory in the circle.
“Katie’s a remarkable pitcher,” Brummett said. “She’s a location pitcher. She doesn’t wow you with her speed, but she will wow you with her spot-on dead beat accuracy.”
Rock Creek added three more runs in the fifth to make it 7-0 before Goodland finally answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-2.
But Rock Creek wasn’t finished, either, as sophomore Kelsey Quinn blasted a grand slam to center field to put the Mustangs ahead 11-2 in the sixth.
“Kelsey Quinn hasn’t had a home run all season,” Brummett said. “And she had one, maybe 10 pitches deep into the count — that’s a big deal.
“She’s been hitting the ball as solid as anybody all year — she just glorified that at-bat for herself, that’s great.”