By Tommy Mann Jr. – The Record

The Bridge City Lady Cardinals softball season came to a screeching halt this weekend courtesy of the Caldwell Lady Hornets.

The Lady Hornets defeated the Bridge City Lady Cardinals twice this past weekend to claim the best of three series and will now advance to the Region III Area round of the Class 4A playoffs. The Lady Cardinals season ends with a 29-4 record.

Caldwell, the runner-up team from District 21-4A, defeated the Lady Cardinals in game 1 on Friday (May 6) in Livingston by a score of 3-2 in an eight inning matchup of two powerhouse teams.

On Saturday (May 7), the Lady Hornets unleashed its offensive firepower and shutout Bridge City, 9-0. Caldwell’s batters had six hits against Bridge City pitcher Kassidy Wilbur, while Caldwell pitcher Casey Kauder limited the usually dominant Lady Cardinals batters to three hits. Kauder pitched a complete game and struck out six on the way to the Caldwell win.

Caldwell will now face the Liberty Lady Panthers, the District 23-4A champions, in the Area round. The Lady Panthers ended the Orangefield Lady Bobcats season in the Bi-District round of the playoffs in late April.