KEENE — The Grandview Lady Zebras clinched the District 11-3A title with an 18-0 win over Keene in three innings Friday.
Grandview plated four runs in the first, six in the second and eight in the third to secure the early run-rule victory and get out of dodge before the storm came rolling through.
The Lady Zebras scored 18 runs on just five base hits as Keene, in its first year of having a softball team, struggled to find the strike zone.
Grandview senior Lexi Meadows didn’t allow a base hit in the three-inning affair as she recorded eight strikeouts.
The Lady Zebras wrapped up regular-season play with a 22-8 overall record and a 12-2 mark in district play.
Grandview Coach Ron Holton, in his first year with the Lady Zebras, said they’re proud to reach the title of “district champion” even though many didn’t expect the 11-3A title to end up in Grandview.
“We are very excited about accomplishing something that a lot of people said we couldn’t do this year — winning the district championship in a very tough district,” Holton said. “Brock was undefeated at 16-0 and ranked No. 8 in state coming into the game against us the first round, and we won, 3-2. That turned a lot of heads and got the attention of a lot of people.
“I think after that game, the girls knew that we had something special this year. Then we turned around and beat them again at their place, where they haven’t been beaten in two years, and we won 6-1.”
Winning the District 11-3A title this year with this group of seniors made it even a little more special, Holton said.
“To win the district championship for these seniors is something special this year. They wanted to turn some heads and really put Grandview softball on the man, and I think we have accomplished that this year. But we aren’t done.”
Aren’t done, indeed.
The Lady Zebras open the Class 3A playoffs in the bidistrict round against Sunnyvale. Game 1 is 7 p.m. Thursday and game 2 is 5 p.m. Friday. Both games will be at Red Oak High School.