The Little Cypress Mauriceville Lady Bears will take on the Ridge Point Panthers in Region III semifinal round of the state softball playoffs. The best-of-three series begins on  Friday at Port Arthur Memorial at 7 p.m. Game Two is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. Game Three if needed will follow.LCMSB.1544.Dunn

The Lady Bears stunned the Nederland Lady Bulldogs last week 3-2 in a come from behind victory on what could have been the last pitch of the game. Behind 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, with two outs, two strikes and two runners on base, Lady Bear Hope Russell smacked a two run RBI double that scored Kassie James and Chelsea McLain ending the season for Nederland.

James had reach base on a leadoff walk. McLain singled and beat the throw to first base advancing James to third. Russell’s clutch hit scored James and McLain as the LCM dugout erupted in celebration.

Nederland and LCM had each scored in the first inning. Nederland went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning when Lady Bulldog Talyor Davis smacked a solo homerun off of Lady Bear ace Raven Cole.

The thrilling victory propelled the Lady Bears to this week’s series against Ridge Point who defeated Santa Fe in the quarterfinal round last week. The Lady Bears are now just two playoff rounds away from the Class 4A State Softball Tournament scheduled for May 29-June 1.