SOFTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Southwest hammers Brandeis in series sweep

Edison battles Lockhart to end in Game 2




Junior Alexis Berlanga pitched both games against Boerne Champion for Brackenridge.

Junior Alexis Berlanga pitched both games against Boerne Champion for Brackenridge.

Southwest senior Kamerie Vidales hit a grand slam in Game 2 against Brandeis.

Southwest senior Kamerie Vidales hit a grand slam in Game 2 against Brandeis.

Brackenridge senior Ana DeLeon, throwing from right field, drove in a run in Game 1 against Boerne Champion.

Brackenridge senior Ana DeLeon, throwing from right field, drove in a run in Game 1 against Boerne Champion.

TEAMS INCLUDEDBrackenridge, Edison, Jefferson, Southwest.

Southwest (27-8) hit five home runs in the two-game sweep of Brandeis (13-15). Interestingly, The Dragons also swept the Broncos last year in the Class 5A bi-district round.

Southwest’s Kayla Arguello, Krystal Salinas and winning pitcher Cailtin Terrzas all hit home runs in Friday’s game at SAISD Field No. 1 as the Dragons prevailed 15-2. Seniors Liz Phillips and Kamerie Vidales each hit homers Saturday, fueling a 12-6 victory, as the series shifted to Southwest.

Phillips hit a two-run homer early in the game and Vidales supplied a grand slam in the fifth, when Southwest’s lead had shrunk to 7-5. The Dragons amassed 17 hits.

In Friday’s game, Southwest scored four runs in the second inning and eight in the third for a 12-1 lead. Terrazas limited Brandeis to six hits while the Dragons thumped 14.

“We came out with our bats ready,” Southwest coach Sandy Hernandez said after Friday’s win. “Especially with CT pitching, it was nice to get her so many runs.”

The eight-run explosion in the third inning featured a three-run homer from Arguello and a two-run shot from Terrazas.

“It was just being prepared and waiting for their pitch,” Hernandez said. “I told them, ‘We have to wait for

her to make a mistake, instead of chasing her junk (pitches). We definitely were patient at the plate and

(strong) to the ball.”

Salinas delivered a two-run blast during the second-inning rally.

Southwest will play Judson in the area round. Games are 7 p.m. Thursday at Northeast ISD Field, 7 p.m. Friday at Villarreal Field No. 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Northside ISD Complex.

Lockhart 12-14, Edison 1-11

The Mustangs (17-6) had to fight to hold off District 28-4A No. 3 seed Edison (10-17) in Game 2 Saturday after walloping the Golden Bears in the series opener Friday. Both games were played at the Northeast ISD Complex.

Edison established a 5-0 lead by the second inning of Game 2. Lockhart wasn’t able to overtake the Golden Bears until the top of the fifth, when it produced the second of two consecutive three-run innings.

The Golden Bears regained the lead with three runs in the top of the eighth, but it was short-lived. The Lions struck for eight in their half of the inning. Edison was able to score three runs in the seventh, but couldn’t extend the series.

Edison manufactured 19 hits in the second game, including a home run from Isabel Lopez. The Lions had 1 hits.

In Game 1, Lions pitcher Gabby Ybarra held Edison to two hits. Lockhart scored 12 runs on just seven hits against Golden Bears ace Celeste Vela. The Lions scored all of their runs in the first three innings, including six in the second.

Cheyenne Martin hit a home run for District 27-4A runner-up Lockhart.

Boerne Champion 8, Brackenridge 3

The Chargers (15-11) completed a series sweep in its best-of-three set Brackenridge (17-10-1) Friday at Champion.

Brackenridge took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after Allie Castillo drew a walk. Jacklynn Nevarez (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Lexus Lozano (2-for-4, RBI) crunched back-to-back RBI doubles.

The Chargers cut the lead in half in the first inning and tied it in the second. Eagles pitcher Alexis Berlanga kept Champion scoreless in the third, but it pounced on its scoring opportunities in the fourth for a 6-2 lead.

The Eagles added a run in the seventh for the final score. Miranda Sandoval reached on fielder’s choice. Castillo chipped in with an infield single. Following a double steal,
Nevarez drove in the run with a sacrifice fly.

Brackenridge individual statistics were not available. Champion finished with 10 hits. The Eagles had six.

Champion had defeated the Eagles 6-2 Thursday in the series opener at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 1. That victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Chargers.

Hays 14, Jefferson 3

The District 27-4A champion Rebels (21-3) blanked 28-4A fourth-place finisher Jefferson (10-12) in a one-game playoff Friday at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 1.

Hays scored in each inning beginning with four runs in the first. The Rebels finished with 14 hits, while Hays pitcher Sarah Leal limited the Mustangs to three.

About Mike Considine (1458 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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