East Central takes second in Seguin Tourney; McCollum blanks Southside in 29-4A opener
TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, East Central, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, Lanier, McCollum, Southside, South San, Southwest.
Yanira Fernandez, Caitlin Terrazas and Kamerie Vidales all hit home runs Friday as Southwest (9-4) overpowered Smithson Valley (11-2), No. 1 in the Express-News area rankings.
The Dragons’ victory at Southwest avenged a 3-1 loss to the Rangers last Saturday on the same diamond. Smithson Valley prevailed in the de facto championship game of the round-robin Southwest Tournament in their initial meeting this season.
The Dragons, No. 5 in the Express-News rankings, had lost their previous two games, including a 2-1 decision Tuesday against No. 4 Judson.
They trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the second inning Friday. Meanwhile, Southwest was about to bring out the big bats.
The Dragons scored five runs in the second inning and six in the third to put the game out of reach.
Terrazas didn’t permit Smithson Valley to score another run. The sophomore, in her second season as a starter, limited the Rangers to four hits.
Southwest mashed 14 hits. It scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule.
East Central (14-3) reached a tournament championship game for the second-consecutive weekend but weren’t able to come out with a second title Saturday in Seguin.
The No. 10 Hornets, who won the East Central-Judson Tournament Feb. 22, lost 7-2 to their co-hosts from that tournament Saturday at Huber Ranch. Judson (15-4) put the game out of reach with a three-run rally in the seventh inning.
East Central, which reached the title game with a 12-0 win over Incarnate Word Saturday, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Rockets answered with four runs spread over the next two innings. The Hornets closed the gap in the bottom of the third, but couldn’t score another run.
The Hornets thumped New Braunfels Canyon 17-2 and New Braunfels (3-6) 13-4 Friday. The victories extended East Central’s winning streak to 11 games.
Against Canyon, East Central scored eight runs apiece in the second and fifth innings to invoke the 10-run rule. Junior Madison Strunk limited the Cougars to three hits.
A big inning transformed the New Braunfels game. The Unicorns trailed 4-3 entering the sixth inning, when the Hornets erupted for nine runs. East Central bashed 22 hits while junior pitcher Taylor Doege scattered eight.
Holy Cross (13-6) split two tournament games Friday, defeating El Paso Burges 11-0 and falling 9-0 to Devine (10-3). The Knights won a pair on Saturday, edging South San (7-6-1) 6-4 and defeating Navarro (9-4) 6-1.
With senior pitcher Julia Ibarra on the mound against South San, Holy Cross took an early lead and held off South San as the Bobcats scored a single run in the fourth and three in the sixth. Senior Nikki Velasquez pitched for South San.
McCollum 11, Southside 0
Junior Kim Abundis pitched a one-hitter, leading the Cowboys (4-3, 1-0) to their third-consecutive win Friday at Southside (3-10, 0-1). It was the District 29-4A opener for both teams.
McCollum scored three runs in the top of the first and pushed across six more in the third.
Highlands 17, Burbank 2 (5 innings)
The Owls (3-5, 1-0) took control of the District 28-4A opener with 12 runs in the first two innings against Burbank (2-8, 0-1) Friday at Villarreal Field No. 1.
Highlands senior pitcher Samantha Lopez allowed three Bulldogs hits. Burbank scored runs in the first and fourth innings.
Edison 10, Lanier 0 (5 innings)
The Golden Bears (0-0, 1-0) played a murderous non-district schedule, but was able to relax in its first District 28-4A game. Edison blanked the Voks (0-0, 0-0) Friday at Villarreal Field No. 1.
Edison senior ace Celeste Vela pitched a three-hit shutout. The Golden Bears supported her with runs in each of the five innings, leading up to a four-run rally that ended the game in the fifth.