SOFTBALL: The Woodlands ends Southwest’s run in state semifinals

Highlanders ride 5-run first to run-rule win Photo taken by KJ Toso. For more photos or to purchase photos, please visit: http://kjtoso.photoshelter.com PLEASE FOLLOW THIS A LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: The Woodlands scored five runs in the first inning and kept rolling on the way to a 12-2 victory in Southwest’s first state… Read More SOFTBALL: The Woodlands ends Southwest’s run in state semifinals

SOFTBALL: Southwest perseveres to lock in first trip to state

Dragons edge San Marcos in 8th inning Photos taken by KJ Toso. For more photos or to purchase photos, please visit: http://kjtoso.photoshelter.com PLEASE FOLLOW THIS  LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: Southwest began the third game of the Region IV finals as though they were going to win it in a sprint. When it turned… Read More SOFTBALL: Southwest perseveres to lock in first trip to state

SOFTBALL: Southwest rebounds to deal San Marcos first 2014 postseason loss

Dragons keep fighting for state berth PLEASE FOLLOW THIS A LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: Southwest drew on both its inner and its physical reserves Friday at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 1 to force a third game in its Class 5A Region IV final series with San Marcos. On the heels of a… Read More SOFTBALL: Southwest rebounds to deal San Marcos first 2014 postseason loss

SOFTBALL: San Marcos outslugs Southwest in Game 1

Dragons’ six-game win streak ends in Region IV finals PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: After winning four of their previous five games by one run, San Marcos apparently was ready to break out offensively. The Rattlers (33-10) turned the tables on Southwest (33-10) Thursday at the Northeast ISD Complex west field,… Read More SOFTBALL: San Marcos outslugs Southwest in Game 1

SOFTBALL: Southwest rides perfect storm of success to regional finals

Commentary Six years ago I moved to San Antonio from the Chicago area. I’m glad I didn’t move here five years ago. I would have hated to miss a year of growth in Southwest’s program. My arrival coincided with Southwest alumnae Sandy Hernandez taking the helm at her alma mater. Although the Dragons won a… Read More SOFTBALL: Southwest rides perfect storm of success to regional finals

SOFTBALL: Road to the Region IV finals (Southwest vs. San Marcos)

Road to the Class 5A Region IV finals Scores for each 2014 Southwest playoff game Bi-district round (Southwest won series 2-0) Southwest 15, Brandeis 2 (5 innings) Southwest 12, Brandeis 6 Area round (Southwest won series 2-1) Judson 8, Southwest 4 Southwest 14, Judson 4 (6 innings) Southwest 14, Judson 7 Region IV quarterfinals (Southwest… Read More SOFTBALL: Road to the Region IV finals (Southwest vs. San Marcos)

SOFTBALL: Area playoff schedule/results (thru May 24)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface Games of May 18-24 Thursday’s game CLASS 5A Region IV championship San Marcos (33-9) 17, Southwest (33-10) 7 (5 innings) (best-of-three series, San Marcos leads 1-0) Friday’s game CLASS 5A Region IV championship Southwest (34-10) 7, San Marcos (33-10) 3(best-of-three series, series tied 1-1) Saturday’s game CLASS 5A Region IV championship… Read More SOFTBALL: Area playoff schedule/results (thru May 24)

SOFTBALL: Southwest makes history with San Benito sweep

Dragons earn first Elite Eight berth Photos taken by KJ Toso. For more photos or to purchase photos, please visit: http://kjtoso.photoshelter.com PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/Southwest-sets-its-mind-to-winning-5490259.php The deeper a team goes into the postseason, the more important the mental aspect of the game becomes. Southwest (33-9) has mastered the process… Read More SOFTBALL: Southwest makes history with San Benito sweep

SOFTBALL: Dragons stomp San Benito in series opener

  Southwest one win from first Region IV final Photos taken by KJ Toso. For more photos or to purchase photos, please visit: http://kjtoso.photoshelter.com   PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/Southwest-sets-its-mind-to-winning-5490259.php   In its fifth try, Southwest discovered the right mix of ingredients to defeat perennial Rio Grande Valley power San Benito… Read More SOFTBALL: Dragons stomp San Benito in series opener

SOFTBALL: Area playoff schedule/results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface Games of May 11-17 Friday’s game CLASS 5A Region IV semifinals Southwest (32-9) 7, San Benito (27-5) 2 (best-of-3 series, Southwest leads 1-0)   Saturday’s games CLASS 5A Region IV semifinals Southwest (33-9) 9, San Benito (27-6) 6 (best-of-3 series, Southwest wins 2-0; advances to play San Marcos in Region IV… Read More SOFTBALL: Area playoff schedule/results (complete)

SOFTBALL: St. Joseph maintains its hold on Holy Cross

Knights reach TAPPS state quarters for second year   PLEASE RETURN TO THIS STORY TUESDAY FOR A LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/Victoria-St-Joseph-stymies-Holy-Cross-5471862.php   Victoria St. Joseph remains Holy Cross’ nemesis, for another year. The Flyers (24-11) claimed a 10-5 win over the Knights in the TAPPS Class 4A state semifinals Monday at Texas… Read More SOFTBALL: St. Joseph maintains its hold on Holy Cross

SOFTBALL: Dragons sweep Steele, make second trip to regional semis

  Southwest’s PONY champs reach semis for for first time since 2011 PLEASE RETURN TO THIS STORY TUESDAY FOR A LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/Dragons-slay-Knights-5471863.php   A delay of nearly two hours, fallout from afternoon storms Friday, gave Southwest plenty of time to overthink its good fortune — and endanger its status. Fortunately… Read More SOFTBALL: Dragons sweep Steele, make second trip to regional semis

SOFTBALL: Fernandez steps forward to salvage Game 1 for Southwest

  Junior drives in three during decisive seventh-inning rally PLEASE RETURN TO THIS STORY TUESDAY FOR A LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/Dragons-slay-Knights-5471863.php This year’s Southwest team may not be as dominant as some of its predecessors, but it may have an intangible on its side that’s capable of propelling the Dragons as far.… Read More SOFTBALL: Fernandez steps forward to salvage Game 1 for Southwest

SOFTBALL: Dragons hitters solve Rockets’ pitching

Judson can’t contain Southwest’s offense in area round     PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/Southwest-bests-Judson-in-area-round-series-5454469.php   Like an iceberg, there’s much more to Southwest’s potent hitting attack than the part you see at the surface. The impetus behind the Dragons’ run-scoring machine is a combination of hard work and determination.… Read More SOFTBALL: Dragons hitters solve Rockets’ pitching

SOFTBALL: San Marcos slips past East Central in 2 nail-biters

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/Softball-roundup-5454471.php   East Central didn’t go down without a fight. In fact, the Hornets (24-8) succumbed to San Marcos (29-9) in a best-of-three Class 5A area-round series last weekend by the slimmest of margins. The Rattlers prevailed 5-4 Thursday at East Central and 4-3 Friday at… Read More SOFTBALL: San Marcos slips past East Central in 2 nail-biters

BASEBALL PLAYOFF WEEKLY REPORT: Harlandale makes solid showing vs. No. 3 Calallen

Brandeis shuts down Southwest   PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/Baseball-roundup-5455012.php   TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Central Catholic, Harlandale, Highlands, South San, Southwest. Young Harlandale gave a hint of what its bright future might entail as it battled Corpus Christi Calallen, No. 3 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association… Read More BASEBALL PLAYOFF WEEKLY REPORT: Harlandale makes solid showing vs. No. 3 Calallen

BASEBALL: McCollum can’t quite get over the hump vs. G-P

Cowboys lose close one in Game 1, but Wildcats romp in Game 2   PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE:   http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/communities/southside/article/McCollum-loses-bi-district-series-5454515.php   McCollum was able to break up Gregory-Portland’s no-hit bid Friday at the Frank Tejeda Complex, but couldn’t break the Wildcats in the best-of-three Class 4A bi-district series. In a… Read More BASEBALL: McCollum can’t quite get over the hump vs. G-P

SOFTBALL: Area playoff schedule/results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface Games of May 4-10 Monday’s game TAPPS CLASS 4A State quarterfinals Victoria St. Joseph (24-11) 10, Holy Cross (26-11-1) 5 (Victoria St. Joseph advances)   Thursday’s game CLASS 5A Region IV quarterfinals Southwest (30-9) 11, Steele (19-13) 9 (best-of-3 series, Southwest leads 1-0)   Friday’s game CLASS 5A Region IV quarterfinals Southwest (31-9) 6, Steele… Read More SOFTBALL: Area playoff schedule/results (complete)

SOFTBALL: Cowboys push bi-district series to three games

Victoria East records back-to-back wins over McCollum To win a playoff softball series, more than raw ability is required. Teams generally also have to keep a competitive edge for the two or three games it takes to accomplish the task. District 29-4A runner-up McCollum (17-8) picked up valuable experience last weekend in three Class 4A… Read More SOFTBALL: Cowboys push bi-district series to three games

SOFTBALL: Holy Cross holds on to surpass area round

  Knights set up rematch Monday with Victoria St. Joseph Holy Cross’ area-round win at Houston Lutheran South wasn’t a thing of beauty, but it accomplished the mission. The Knights (15-11) advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second-consecutive season with a victory over the Pioneers Saturday. Holy Cross scored four runs in the first… Read More SOFTBALL: Holy Cross holds on to surpass area round

BASEBALL: South San makes most of second qualifying chance

Bobcats win tie-breaker, make third-straight playoff trip South San picked the perfect time to end its swoon. The Bobcats (14-13, 3-7) lost their last six District 28-5A games, landing them in a fourth-place tie with Steele (13-15, 3-7). However, South San reversed the skid with a decisive 13-7 victory over the Knights in the tie-breaker… Read More BASEBALL: South San makes most of second qualifying chance