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SOFTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Brackenridge comes back to take SAISD title from Edinburg

South San stingy in own tournament

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Memorial's Esther Martinez (14) takes a cut at Nikki Velasquez's pitch.

Memorial’s Esther Martinez (14) takes a cut at Nikki Velasquez’s pitch.

South San senior pitcher Nikki Velasquez has been one of the Bobcats' leaders in her fourth varsity season.

South San senior pitcher Nikki Velasquez has been one of the Bobcats’ leaders in her fourth varsity season.

Memorial's Gabriella San Miguel relieved starting pitcher Bridget Gomez against South San.

Memorial’s Gabriella San Miguel relieved starting pitcher Bridget Gomez against South San.

Bridget Gomez (7) locks in on the path of the grounder as a South San runner takes off on contact.

Bridget Gomez (7) locks in on the path of the grounder as a South San runner takes off on contact.

Alyssa Montes connects for South San.

Alyssa Montes connects for South San.

TEAMS INCLUDED:Brackenridge, Harlandale, McCollum, Memorial, South San.

Brackenridge softball picked up where the basketball team left off, sweeping its way to the SAISD Tournament over the weekend.

The Eagles (4-1) trailed 2-1 entering the top of the seventh inning Saturday in the championship game. Brackenridge scored the tying run against Edinburg in the seventh and won the game 3-2 in the eighth to complete an undefeated tournament run.

Edinburg was the first team to score against Brackenridge. The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and scored in the bottom of the fourth, after the Eagles tied it in the top of the inning.

Brack junior pitcher Alexis Berlanga limited the Bobcats to seven hits. The Eagles mustered six against Edinburg ace Desiree Mamelejo.

Berlanga pitched a shutout in the semifinals as Brackenridge blanked Del Rio 3-0. The junior, who also plays shortstop, permitted just two hits.

The Eagles beat San Antonio Christian 8-0 and recorded a key 10-0 win over Reagan on Friday. Against Reagan, Berlanga pitched a two-hitter. The Eagles scored two runs in both the first and third innings. They ended the game through the 10-run rule after rallying for six runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Harlandale (3-2) tied Del Rio 4-4 in the semifinals, but did not advance Del Rio had more baserunners. Edinburg defeated the Indians 8-2 in the third-place game. Harlandale was trailing 2-1 when the Bobcats erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mamelejo hit two home runs and was the winning pitcher.

The Indians’ Sabrina Esparza hit a home run against Del Rio.

Harlandale stomped Roosevelt 15-2 and Jay 10-4 Friday in its first two tourney games.

South San ISD Tournament

Host South San (2-0-1) didn’t allow a run over the weekend in three games at its own tournament.

Unfortunately for the Bobcats, neither did Carrizo Springs in its semifinal game with South San. Carrizo Springs reached the championship game because of the tournament’s tiebreaker rule and lost 7-2 to Natalia for the title.

In addition to the 0-0 tie with Carrizo Springs, South San defeated Memorial (1-2) 16-0 Thursday and McCollum (2-2) 5-0 Saturday.

McCollum defeated Lytle 5-3 Thursday, but lost 5-3 to Natalia Friday.

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About Mike Considine (1222 Articles)
I started this blog as an extension of the sports stories I've been doing as an independent contractor for the Southside Reporter the past five years. I've been a sportswriter for more than 35 years, including two stints with the late, lamented San Antonio Light. I cover high school football for the San Antonio Express-News in the fall. My purpose, in creating this blog, is to shine a light on the athletic achievements of teams and athletes on the south side of San Antonio.

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