SOFTBALL: Quinones powers Edison’s offense, fills vital defensive role

Golden Bears, Harlandale put up big numbers

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Sam Houston.

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Four years on Edison’s varsity have made Marisela Quinones appreciate the importance of making sacrifices for the team.

Quinones, therefore, made the difficult switch from catcher to shortstop recently. The move was necessitated by a high ankle sprain injury to senior shortstop Denise Cruz March 11 in a 6-5 loss to Lanier.

In her second start in the middle of the diamond, Quinones supplied three RBIs with a 4-for-4 plate performance as the Golden Bears (10-6, 4-2) crunched Burbank (1-12, 1-5) 20-0 March 17 at Mary Ann Villarreal Complex Field No. 2.

“I’m going to miss catching,” Quinones said, “but the team needed me to come out into the field. Coming from my freshman year, we had a great group of girls. I learned a lot from them.”

Cruz was expected to miss two more weeks of competition.

“Denise is a big part of the offense and defense,” Edison coach Aimee Silva said. “We’ve had to move some things around. Mari’s filling the gap. She hasn’t been playing there at all this year, so she’s a little rusty.”

Edison’s outburst against Burbank was its second-consecutive, 20 or more run 28-5A game. The Bears smacked Sam Houston 21-2 March 12.

However, it’s bats seemed a little rusty in the first inning as Burbank pitcher Celeste Salazar retired three of the four batters she faced. That changed in the second inning, when Edison senior pitcher Amaryllis Northstein drew a walk and advanced on Destiny McCarty’s seeing-eye single.

The Golden Bears’ first run scored on a wild pitch. Destiny Hernandez (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) provided an RBI single and a Bulldogs error made it 3-0. Quinones drilled a two-run single and Alex Almanza (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) followed with a run-scoring hit. Destiny McCarty (3-for-3, RBI)and Miranda Campos drove in runs before Burbank got the third out.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had this,” Quinones said of the big inning. “It was great coming back after a week off.”

A ground out from Almanza and the first of two doubles from catcher Isabel Lopez (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) increased Edison’s lead to 8-0 in the third.

“Isabel’s a big part of our lineup,” Silva said. “That was a plus.”

Burbank only mustered two hits against Nothstein (10-6), but managed to put nine runners on base in the shutout.

The Bulldogs mounted their best threat in the bottom of the inning. Sophie Sanchez led off and was safe on an error. With two outs, a single by Salazar sent Sanchez to third, but Nothstein got an inning-ending strikeout.

Quinones forced out two runners at second base in the first inning to help keep the Bulldogs scoreless.

“I’m trying to look really comfortable out there,” Quinones said. “I didn’t want to look jittery for my teammates.”

Edison, which hammered 18 hits, applied the finishing touches to the game in the fourth. A pair of Burbank errors factored into the eight-run rally.

Lopez drove in two runs. Alyssa Gutierrrez, Hernandez and Quinones also collected RBIs.

“(Hitting) has been our weakness we’re trying to (improve),” Silva said. “We’re still doing things we shouldn’t be doing, but we’re working and competing.”

Harlandale 28, Sam Houston 0

The Indians (5-7-2, 4-2), who share third place with Edison, scored 18 first-inning runs as Isabella Tellez pitched a no-hitter against Sam Houston (0-12, 0-7) in a District 28-5A win March 17 at SAISD Field No. 2.

Harlandale added seven runs in the second frame of the three-inning contest. Maya Tovar (double) drove in five runs, while Bryanna Heredia (triple) and Katalyna Trevino (double, triple) had four RBIs apiece. Nadia Dominguez added two doubles, a triple and three RBIs.

BASEBALL: This week’s results (thru March 28)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of March 22-28

Monday’s games

District 27-5A

Lockhart 13, Kennedy 3

Seguin 5, Floresville 4 (8 innings)

District 28-5A

Burbank 8, Highlands 2

Harlandale 13, Lanier 0

McCollum 6, Brackenridge 3

Sam Houston 11, Edison 5

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 10, Floresville 0 (5 innings)

Boerne Champion 3,San Marcos 2 (9 innings)

Kerrville Tivy 19, Memorial 0 (5 innings)

Seguin 12, Kennedy

District 28-5A

Brackenridge 6, Jefferson 2

Burbank 15, Edison 3 (5 innings)

McCollum 13, Highlands 11

Harlandale 5, Sam Houston 4

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 5, Laredo Martin 0

Medina Valley 14, Southside 0 (5 innings)

Uvalde 11, Somerset 1

Laredo Nixon 2, Laredo Cigarroa 1

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross 11, Corpus Christi John Paul II 10

Victoria St. Joseph 14, Laredo St. Augustine 1 (5 innings)

Cornerstone Christian 3, TMI 2

Non-district

Antonian 6, South San 3

MacArthur 16, Southwest 2

East Central 8, Central Catholic 6

Wednesday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion 2, Lockhart 1

Floresville 12, Memorial 0 (5 innings)
San Marcos 11, Kennedy 1 (5 innings)

TAPPS 2-5A

Antonian 12, St. Anthony 2

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Ray 7, South San 0

Corpus Christi Carroll 8, East Central 4

Corpus Christi King 2, Southwest 1 (9 innings)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 6, Kerrville Tivy 3

Kennedy 10, Memorial 0 (6 innings)

Boerne Champion 10, Seguin 1

San Marcos 8, Lockhart 2

District 28-5A

Sam Houston 9, Lanier 4

Highlands 9, Jefferson 7

Harlandale 11, Burbank 1 (5 innings)

McCollum 26, Edison 0 (5 innings)

District 29-5A

Medina Valley 4, Laredo Martin 3

Laredo Cigarroa 6, Somerset 5

Laredo Nixon 4, Uvalde 0

Southside at Eagle Pass Winn (score unavailable)

TAPPS 44A

Victoria St. Joseph 3, San Antonio Christian 0

Non-district

Johnson 17, Central Catholic 6

Saturday’s games

TAPPS 2-5A

Antonian 30-20, Brownsville St. Joseph 0-0 (both games 5 innings)

TAPPS 44A

Holy Cross 7, Cornerstone Christian 1

TMI 10, Laredo St. Augustine 0

Non-district

South San 8, Wagner 5

SOFTBALL: This week’s results (thru March 28)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of March 22-28

Monday’s games

District 28-6A

Southwest 7, Corpus Christi King 4

District 27-5A

Floresville 9, Alamo Heights 5

San Marcos 3, Boerne Champion 0

Seguin 10, Kennedy 0 (6 innings)

District 28-5A

Brackenridge 14, Highlands 4 (6 innings)

Harlandale 16, Burbank 0 (3 innings)

McCollum 11, Edison 1

Lanier 19, Sam Houston 2 (3 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

TMI 15, San Antonio Christian 0

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 3, Corpus Christi Ray 1

East Central 4, Southwest 2

Corpus Christi King 13, South San 8

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 6, Kerrville Tivy 5

Seguin 3, Boerne Champion 1

Kennedy 16, Memorial 1

San Marcos 7, Lockhart 1

District 28-5A

Edison 16, Jefferson 0 (3 innings)

Lanier 15, Burbank 4 (5 innings)

McCollum 8, Harlandale 6

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa 8, Southside 3

Somerset 6, Eagle Pass Winn 0

Medina Valley 8, Uvalde 1

Laredo Nixon 10, Laredo Martin 0

District 26-3A

Natalia 25, Cole 0 (3 innings)

Marion 14, Brooks Academy 0 (5 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi John Paul II 7, Holy Cross 5

TMI 7, Cornerstone Christian 5

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 15, San Antonio Christian 0

Non-district

St. Anthony 22, Sam Houston 0 (3 innings)

Wednesday’s games

District 28-5A

Highlands 19, Jefferson 9 (6 innings)

Thursday’s games

Non-district

Incarnate Word 14, Holy Cross 4

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central 8, Corpus Christi Ray 2

Southwest 8, South San 5 

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 5, Kennedy 1

Floresville 9, Kerrville Tivy 1

Boerne Champion 16, Memorial 0

Seguin at Lockhart (score unavailable)

District 28-5A

Sam Houston at Burbank (score unavailable)

Brackenridge 9, Edison 6

Harlandale 10, Jefferson 7

McCollum 12, Lanier 0 (5 innings)

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn at Southside (score unavailable)

Somerset 15, Laredo Nixon 0 (3 innings)

Medina Valley 13, Laredo Cigarroa 2 (5 innings)

Uvalde 15, Laredo Martin 0 (4 innings)

District 26-3A

Randolph 18, Cole 1 (3 innings)

Natalia 19, Brooks Academy 2 (3 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross, 14, Cornerstone Christian 3 (5 innings)

Saturday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 9, Corpus Christi King 2

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion 6, Alamo Heights 5

Floresville 10, Kennedy 0

Lockhart 27, Memorial 0 (3 innings)

San Marcos 7, Seguin 1

District 26-3A

Natalia 5, Marion 4

TAPPS 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph 10, TMI 2

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 5, Corpus Christi John Paul II 3

Victoria St. Joseph 27, San Antonio Christian 2

BASEBALL: Highlands finds youthfulness isn’t a drawback

Owls hold off Hurricanes for key 28-5A win

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Highlands, Sam Houston.

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Inexperience often is cited as a cause for teams that struggle, and it’s usually legitimately responsible. Highlands is showing that it doesn’t have to be a drawback.

The Owls (6-2-1, 4-0) have risen to the District 28-5A lead, which they shared with McCollum (4-5, 4-0) heading into their March 24 showdown. Having five freshmen and four sophomores on their 12-man roster hasn’t gotten in the way of contending for the district title so far.

“I knew they were going to be young, but I saw a lot of talent coming up,” Highlands coach Stephen Jauregui said. “I’m trying to teach them to do the little things the right way and just be competitive. We don’t talk about winning. We talk about the keys to success and process to being successful.”

Highlands won a tough battle, 5-4, over the district’s other surprise team, Sam Houston (6-5, 2-3), March 17 at SAISD Field No. 1. Sophomore pitcher Bryan Aguilar stranded two runners on base, squelching a would-be, seventh-inning rally from the Hurricanes.

“Sam Houston was really competitive, right from the get-go,” Jauregui said. “They came out with a lot of intensity. I told the kids to keep fighting and find a way to win each inning.”

Highlands scored twice in the first inning and had established a 4-0 lead before the Hurricanes notched their initial run. The Owls recorded the winning run in the top of the fifth and clung to a 5-3 advantage after Sam Houston scored two in the bottom of the inning.

“Sam Houston intentionally walked our leadoff guy, so we wanted to be aggressive,” Jauregui said. “We had a bunt-and-run going, so we got the runner down to second. We tried to come out and put a lot of pressure on them right away.

“We tried to catch them off guard a little bit. I don’t think we had any big hits, we just moved runners along the basepaths.”

Aguilar finshed with 13 strikeouts in Highlands’ only game of the week. A scheduled game against third-place Burbank (5-5, 3-1) was postponed to March 23.

“Bryan threw a complete game and ended the game on a pickoff play,” Jauregui said. “He had some arm issues last year and only pitched two games. This year, our expectations were high and he’s done well.”

The Owls have been receiving contributions up and down the roster. Jauregui said his challenge has been to keep his young team’s momentum intact with rain making their competition opportunities sporadic.

The rains left Highlands with three games in the week that ends Friday, Sept. 27 against Jefferson (2-8, 1-4) in a 6 p.m. contest on SAISD Field No. 2

“It’s probably our biggest week of the season,” Jauregui said. “Burbank’s a great team that’s hitting really well. McCollum has two great pitchers and they can hit the ball as well. We’ll just try to go out there and be competitive.”

BASEBALL: East Central stays focused, completes Roosevelt trifecta

Hornets beat rain to take momentum into district play

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: East Central.

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Coaches loathe playing the same team three times in a season, let alone little more than a week.

That’s the challenge East Central (8-3) was presented with March 20 in a game moved up an hour to finish just ahead of a slowly advancing rainstorm. Mother Nature placed that distraction squarely in the Hornets’ path, but they still wouldn’t bite.

With the exception of one half-inning their concentration remained on the task at hand and the Hornets completed the trifecta. They downed Roosevelt for the third time in nine days, 10-3. Each of the games took place on East Central’s home field.

“It was very difficult, after we were very competitive with them the first two times,” East Central coach Joe Gutierrez said. “One of the things we talked about was focusing on one pitch and one play at a time.

“We try to concentrate on what we need to work on with our team. You’re going to make mistakes, but it’s a matter of how you respond.”

The Hornets defeated Roosevelt 11-1 March 11 and 3-0 March 12 in the opening games of the East Central Tournament. They won four of five games in the tournament, but took a two-game losing streak into their next meeting with the Roughriders.

Roosevelt (0-9) trailed 6-0 after five innings — as East Central freshman pitcher Blade Strzelczyk allowed no hits or baserunners through four – but threw a scare into the Hornets in the top of the sixth. The Roughriders crept within three by capitalizing on a Hornets error and run-scoring hits from Joey Castaneda and Brennan Boykin.

“We got some timely hits at the right time,” Gutierrez said. “That’s part of the game. We told them, ‘Let’s get those runs back,’ and they responded.”

East Central junior Justin Upshaw-Mendoza, who reached base in each of his four plate appearances. drew a walk that began the rally. Carlos Gallegos beat out an infield single and Joseph Gutierrez (2-for-4) lined a base hit to right field, loading the bases.

Strzelczyk’s fourth walk forced in a run. Shortstop Jeremy Almaguer (3 RBIs) crushed a two-run double and Kyle Wildman singled to make it 10-3.

“We already knew how the competition was going to be,” Upshaw-Mendoza said. “We just needed to come out here and play.”

The Hornets took the lead with two runs in the second inning, as Gutierrez contributed the only hit. Upshaw-Mendoza drew the first of four East Central walks in the third and scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead. The Hornets also pushed across a run in the fourth without generating one of its seven hits.

East Central scored twice in the fifth. Tristan Alvarado scored the first run on an error and Fernando Luna (2-for-5) made it 6-0 with an RBI single.

“We have to find a way to score before the big hits come,” Gutierrez said. “We want them to come at the right time and bring in a run.”

Hornets pitchers Strzelczyk, Jacob Guerra and Wildman combined to limit Roosevelt to three hits.

“I think we’re coming together as a team and playing as one,” Upshaw-Mendoza said. “We’ve been playing well. We’re playing for each other. We have a really strong bullpen, and we’re competing well on the mound.”

East Central, which has four seniors and seven juniors, begins District 28-6A play when they play host to Corpus Christi Carroll Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. The Tigers (10-0-1) are No. 7 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 6A state rankings.

With most of its players benefitting from at least one year of varsity experience, the Hornets are aiming for a better run through the tough district. East Central finished 13-10-2 overall and 3-7 in the district.

“We have high expectations,” Gutierrez said. “Our pitching is good. If we can get runners on base and move them over, that goes a long way.”

BASEBALL: Holy Cross begins new chapter with win over TMI

Knights avenge one-run losses in 2013 and 2014

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Holy Cross.

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Holy Cross lifted a weight off its back in collecting its first district win.

Texas Military Institute has been a roadblock to the Knights (7-5, 1-0) in district play. However, March14 at Holy Cross, the host team used a five-run third inning to down the Panthers (4-5, 0-1) in their TAPPS District 4-4A opener.

“It’s really important,” Holy Cross senior Jeremy Martinez said. “It shows our hard work is paying off, to come out and get a win. We had lost to them two years in a row by one run. My sophomore year, we lost to them when we had a chance to go to the playoffs.”

The victory brought a satisfying closure to a spring break week that began with 21-3 and 11-1 losses in a March 12 doubleheader against powerful Antonian. The Knights rebounded to vanquish Cotulla 17-5 at home on March 14.

Holy Cross has high hopes for its district season, with 10 experienced seniors on its roster. The Knights were 6-17 overall and 1-8 in district last year.

“I’ve had these kids for four years and they’ve been through a lot,” Knights coach Polo Botello said. “I’m looking forward to this season and they’re playing together as a team. In 22 years of coaching, I’ve never had this many seniors.”

Holy Cross senior shortstop Chris Rodriguez sparked the Knights’ first rally by reaching base on an error. Following a single from Ricky Robles, he scored on a groundout from fellow senior Steven Villela.

The run held up until the third inning, when freshman left-hander Jaime Ramirez ran into trouble as he reached his pitch limit. The Panthers strung together three walks and cleanup hitter David Embs delivered a two-run single. It was the only hit the lefty allowed, although Rodriguez prevented another with diving catch of a sinking liner in the second.

“He doesn’t pitch like a freshman,” Botello said. “He has a lot of poise. But he was at 55 pitches, and we’ve got plenty of arms.”

Ramirez turned the ball over to junior Augie Gutierrez, who allowed one hit over the next three innings. Martinez, whose 2014 season ended early because of an elbow injury, retired TMI in order in the seventh.

“We’re starting out with him in a relief role,” Botello said. “Right now, we’re closing with him. We’re hoping he’ll pitch in college. He has all the tools and he’s ready to go now.”

Holy Cross put the game out of the Panthers’ reach in the fifth.

Ramirez (2-for-2, RBI) led off the inning with a single that hugged the right-field line. Villela picked up another RBI with a ground out. Martinez, who hit a long fly out in his first at-bat, gave the Knights a 3-2 lead with a single to center.

“I felt like I was seeing the ball a lot better,” Martinez said. “Last game, I had some rough at-bats.

“It certainly helps when your teammates are coming up and hitting the ball.”

Gutierrez helped his cause with an RBI double. Gus Aguirre punctuated the rally with a two-run double over the right fielder’s head for a 6-2 lead.

Holy Cross added a run in the seventh when Ramirez drove in substitute Phillip Juarez, who had singled. The Knights made the most of their seven hits.

The roots of the victory might be traced back to a victory at state-ranked Class 3A Marion last year.

“It showed we were capable of beating big teams,” Martinez said.

SOFTBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Lanier emerging from 28-5A pack

Southwest grabs second in San Marcos

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Lanier, Southwest.

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Lanier is starting to make some noise under first-year coach Brandon Baldwin.

In fact, the Voks (3-5, 3-3) probably raised some eyebrows March 11 with a pair of wins over District 28-5A playoff contenders. Lanier began the day with a 12-8 win over Highlands (5-5, 2-3) and finished it with a 6-5 walkoff victory over Edison (8-4, 3-2).

Harlandale (4-7-2, 3-2), which shared third place with Edison, defeated fifth-place Lanier 7-1 March 12, at the end of spring break.

Against Edison, the Golden Bears tied the score in the seventh when Mari Quinones singled and came in on a double steal for a 5-4 lead.

Lanier tied it as Samantha Ibarra (3-for-3) led off the Voks’ seventh with a single and scored on Amanda Davila’s triple. Pitcher Ashley Flores (3-for-4) followed with an RBI single.

In the win over Highlands, Lanier broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the fifth. Voks senior shortstop Brandi Mojica was 3-for-4 with a double. Ashley Lopez finished with two doubles and three RBIs. Jolene Garcia, Destiny Garza (double) and Davila (triple) each drove in two runs.

Harlandale snapped Lanier’s hot streak with a three-run rally in the fourth. Skylar Perez contributed a double and Nadia Dominguez added an RBI single to the Indians’ outburst.

Southwest

The Dragons (14-5) fell just short of a championship March 14 at the San Marcos Tournament. The host school edged Southwest 4-3 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and final inning.

Southwest, which won its first four tournament games by a combined score of 29-0, had taken the lead in the top of the inning. The Dragons defeated San Marcos for last year’s Region IV championship.

Junior Caitlin Terrazas delivered an RBI double and Yanira Fernandez added an RBI single earlier in the game. Terrazas hit a home run and Kristal Salinas drove in three runs in an 11-0 win over Dallas Bishop Lynch March 13.

Terrazas pitched a two-hit shutout in the tourney opener, as the Dragons trounced Canyon Lake 10-0. Deja Tapia recorded a three-hitter in Southwest’s 3-0 win over El Paso Americas.

The Dragons reached the finals with wins over Shiner 5-3 and Houston Lamar 4-3 March 14.

Highlands 11, Burbank 1

The Owls grabbed a two-run lead in the first inning and continued to expand on it for a District 28-5A victory over Burbank (2-9-1, 1-4) March 12 at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 1.

Singles by Jenelle Rodriguez and Jessica Garza led to Highlands’ first two runs. A bases-loaded fielder’s choice from Bella de la Garza answered Burbank’s run in the third. Garza added a two-run triple in the fourth that built a 6-1 lead.

Highlands pitcher Jenna Devora limited the Bulldogs to two hits.

SOFTBALL: Abundis pitches second straight no-hitter for surging McCollum

Cowboys down Brack to take 28-5A lead

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Jefferson, McCollum.

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By their very nature, no-hitters are rare. When they occur in back-to-back outings, it’s like capturing lightning in a bottle.

Yet, that’s what McCollum’s Kim Abundis accomplished recently. The senior pitcher was unscathed in outings against Burbank March 7 and Jefferson March 12.

“I have more confidence and I have more pitches this year,” Abundis said. “I pitched a lot more in the offseason.”

Abundis (6-2) took a perfect game into the fourth inning of the 14-0 win over Jefferson. It was the perfect encore to McCollum’s 7-1 victory over Brackenridge, which put the Cowboys (10-2, 5-0) in the District 28-5A driver’s seat a couple of hours earlier.

Sophomore pitcher Amber Saucedo (4-0) scattered six hits in the showdown win over Brackenridge (7-7, 3-1).

“It’s been a work in progress this year,” first-year McCollum coach James Rodriguez said. “We came in here struggling a little bit, but Amber and Kim both have been pitching well.”

They had plenty of offensive support. The Cowboys hammered 17 hits against Jefferson and 11 against the Eagles.

“This year, it’s been a big help, with all the runs we’re scoring,” said Abundis, who was 2-for-2 with three RBIs against Brack and 1-for-2 with two RBIs against Jefferson.

“I think all of us have good sticks. We’re all good hitters.”

The Cowboys against Brackenridge. Val Lopez singled, Abundis drove a two-run double and Erika Martinez brought in a fourth run on an Eagles error for a 5-0 lead through two innings.

“They had 11 hits and we had six,” Brackenridge coach Robyn Murken said. “They just put them together and had some unearned runs as well. But you look at the score, and it doesn’t seem like a 7-1 game.”

Brackenridge sophomore pitcher Alyssa Berlanga, another of the district’s top pitchers, had trouble finding her rhythm at the start, but was on target from the third inning forward. Berlanga retired the Cowboys in order in the third and didn’t allow another hit until she had recorded the first out in the sixth.

“Alexis told me she was warmed up,” Murken said. “Maybe what made the difference is that McCollum is a really good hitting team.”

The Eagles fell further behind in the sixth, when another Abundis double brought in a run and Martinez followed with an RBI single to right. Brackenridge scored in the bottom of the inning, when Jackie Nevarez’s sacrifice fly brought in Cece Camacho.

“We had trouble coming up to speed with (Saucedo’s) pitches,” Murken said. “We shut them down after the second inning, but we couldn’t get anything across.”

Brackenridge has been coping with injuries. The Eagles were missing third baseman Alexis Berlanga and catcher Celeste Canalez when they played the Cowboys. Both are seniors.

However, the Eagles have been fortifying one of their strengths as the season has unfolded.

“They’re very versatile,” Murken said. “I have people I can move around to play different positions.”

McCollum scored most of their runs with two outs against Jefferson. The Cowboys bolted to a 5-0 lead before the Mustangs batted. They combined three walks with hits from Kim Casias (3-for-4, RBI), Saucedo and Lauryn Martinez.

Lopez and Savannah Borjas (3-for-3, 2 RBIs) drilled consecutive two-out doubles in the third. Sophomore Brianna Kinnard knocked in Borjas to make it 11-0 after three innings.

Rodriguez and his wife, Kathleen, started the softball program at Schreiner College in 1996. Kathleen was Abundis’ offseason pitching coach.

The pair served as co-head coaches at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Texas-El Paso before returning to San Antonio.

“It’s all about making sure we bunt, steal and do all the little things,” said Rodriguez, a McCollum alum who played baseball at St. Mary’s University. “We want to play smart softball and hit it to the gaps.”

BASEBALL: Area rankings (thru March 21)

Through March 21

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. Southwest – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. Central Catholic – 3

4. McCollum – 4

5. Highlands – 5

6. Burbank – 6

7. Sam Houston – 7

8. Harlandale – 8

9. Holy Cross – 9

10. Kennedy – 11

11. Brackenridge – 10

12. South San – 12

13. Jefferson – 13

14. Lanier – 14

15. Edison – 15

 

NR = not ranked

SOFTBALL: Area rankings (thru March 21)

Through March 21

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. Southwest – 2

2. East Central – 1

3. McCollum – 4

4. South San – 3

5. Brackenridge – 5

6. Holy Cross – 6

7. Edison – 7

8. Harlandale – 8

9. Lanier – 9

10. Highlands – 10

11. Jefferson – 11

12. Kennedy – 13

13. Southside – 12

14. Burbank – 14

15. Memorial – NR

 

NR = not ranked

BASEBALL: This week’s results (thru March 21)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of March 15-21

Monday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

Cornerstone Christian at Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (score unavailable)

Non-district

Central Catholic 8, Stillwater (Okla.) 6

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 8, Seguin 6

Boerne Champion 7, Kennedy 1

San Marcos 10, Floresville 2

Lockhart at Kerrville Tivy (score unavailable)

District 28-5A

Burbank 11, Brackenridge 2

Highlands 5, Sam Houston 4

McCollum 13, Jefferson 3 (5 innings)

Lanier 5, Edison 4 (9 innings)

District 29-5A

Medina Valley 9, Somerset 0

Eagle Pass Winn at Laredo Nixon (ppd. to Wednesday)

Laredo Martin at Laredo Cigarroa (ppd. to Wednesday)

Uvalde 16, Southside 1 (5 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross 13, San Antonio Christian 6

Victoria St. Joseph at TMI (ppd. to 6 p.m. Wednesday)

Laredo St. Augustine at Corpus Christi John Paul II (score unavailable)

Non-district

Churchill 9, East Central 3

Wednesday’s games

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 5, Laredo Nixon 3

Laredo Martin at Laredo Cigarroa (ppd. to Thursday)

TAPPS 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph 6, TMI 0

Thursday’s games

District 27-5A

Kerrville Tivy 8, San Marcos 5

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa 6, Laredo Martin 4

TAPPS 4-4A

TMI 6, San Antonio Christian 2

Non-district

Antonian 10, Southwest 9

South San vs. Central Catholic at Kahlig Park (canceled)

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 14,  Memorial 0 (5 innings)

Floresville at Seguin (ppd. to Monday)

Kennedy at Lockhart (score unavailable)

District 28-5A

Burbank vs. Highlands (ppd. to Monday)

Sam Houston vs. Edison (ppd. to Monday)

McCollum vs. Brackenridge (ppd. to Monday)

Lanier vs. Harlandale  (ppd. to Monday)

District 29-5A

Medina Valley 9, Laredo Nixon 1

Somerset at Eagle Pass Winn (score unavailable)

Laredo Cigarroa 7, Southside 6

Uvalde 9,Laredo Martin 6

TAPPS 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 2

Non-district

Antonian 22, Jefferson 0 (3 innings)

East Central 10, Roosevelt 3

Holy Cross at South San (ppd., no reschedule date)

Saturday’s games

District 27-5A

Memorial at Floresville, noon

San Marcos at Kennedy, 1 p.m.

Lockhart at Boerne Champion (ppd., to 6 p.m. Wednesday)

Seguin at Kerrville Tivy (ppd., no reschedule date)

TAPPS 2-5A

Antonian at Brownsville St. Joseph (DH), 1 & 3 p.m.

TAPPS 44A

Corpus Christi John Paul II at Cornerstone Christian, 1 p.m.

Laredo St. Augustine at Holy Cross (ppd., no reschedule date)

SOFTBALL: This week’s results (thru March 21)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of March 15-21

Monday’s games

No games scheduled

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

San Marcos 17, Kennedy 0 (4 innings)

Boerne Champion 7, Lockhart 4

Floresville  24, Memorial 0 (3 innings)

Seguin 14, Kerrville Tivy 5

District 28-5A

Brackenridge 15, Jefferson 0 (4 innings)

Edison 20, Burbank 0 (4 innings)

Harlandale 28, Sam Houston 0 (3 innings)

McCollum 10, Highlands 0 (6 innings)

District 29-5A

Medina Valley 17, Southside 0 (4 innings)

Laredo Cigarroa vs. Laredo Nixon (ppd. to Wednesday)

Eagle Pass Winn 19, Laredo Martin 0 (3 innings)

Somerset 9, Uvalde 0 (score unavailable)

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross 15, San Antonio Christian 1 (5 innings)

Victoria St. Joseph at TMI (ppd. to Wednesday)

Cornerstone Christian at Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (score unavailable)

Non-district

Johnson 4, South San 0

Wednesday’s games

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa vs. Laredo Nixon (ppd. to Thursday)

TAPPS 4-4A

San Antonio Christian at Cornerstone Christian (score unavailable)

Victoria St. Joseph at TMI (score unavailable)

Non-district

Holy Cross at Antonian, 7 p.m. (ppd. to Thursday)

Thursday’s games

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa 8, Laredo Nixon 6

Non-district

Antonian 10, Holy Cross 3

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 10, East Central 4

Corpus Christi King at Southwest (ppd. to 6 p.m. Monday)

Corpus Christi Ray 6, South San 4

District 27-5A

Floresville at Alamo Heights (score unavailable)

Boerne Champion at San Marcos (score unavailable)

Kerrville Tivy 17, Memorial 0 (3 innings)

Kennedy at Seguin (ppd. to 2 p.m. Saturday)

District 28-5A

Sam Houston vs. Lanier at Villarreal Field No. 1 (ppd. to Monday)

McCollum vs. Edison at Villarreal Field No. 2 (ppd. to Monday)

Jefferson vs. Highlands at Villarreal Field No. 3 (ppd. to Monday)

Burbank vs. Harlandale at Tejeda Complex (ppd. to Monday)

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon at Eagle Pass Winn (score unavailable)

Uvalde 14, Southside 2 (5 innings)

Somerset at Laredo Cigarroa (score unavailable)

Medina Valley at Laredo Martin (score unavailable)

District 26-3A

Cole at Marion (score unavailable)

Natalia 15, Randolph 0 (4 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

TMI at Holy Cross (score unavailable)

Saturday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights at Kerrville Tivy (score unavailable)

Kennedy at Seguin (ppd. to 5 p.m. Monday)

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi John Paul II at Cornerstone Christian (score unavailable)

Victoria St. Joseph at Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (score unavailable)

TMI at San Antonio Christian (score unavailable)

SOFTBALL WEEKLY REPORT: High-scoring South San area’s last holdout

McCollum’s Abundis fires no-hitter; Holy Cross finally upends VSJ

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, East Central, Holy Cross, McCollum, South San.

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Softball enthusiasts had to be surprised to discover the identity of the area’s last 2015 undefeated team.

It wasn’t 2014 Class 5A state qualifier Southwest or its District 28-6A nemesis of the past several years, East Central. It was yet another team from that loaded district.

South San (11-1) held out a few hours longer than East Central (13-2) at the Seguin ISD Tournament. The Bobcats absorbed their first loss in their final game at Seguin, falling 7-3 to Churchill (5-8) March 7.

East Central lost for the first time in its second game March 6. New Braunfels Canyon (9-2) blanked the Hornets 4-0.

South San has been a high-scoring outfit so far. The Bobcats thumped Laredo Johnson 10-2 and San Diego 12-0 in three innings on March 6. The tournament was scheduled to begin a day earlier, but the first day’s games were postponed due to weather.

Under first-year coach Raymond Castillo, the Bobcats seem to be expanding on the gains they made last year, which included an upset victory over Southwest.

Winning pitcher Alyssa Montes drove four hits against San Diego, including three triples. Montes also had an RBI. Freshman Ashley Medina contributed a team-best three RBIs. Faith Gonzales, Andrea Ricondo and Dalina Sanchez drove in two runs apiece.

Bobcats sophomore Amanda Vallejo went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs against Laredo Johnson. Alyssa Trevino and Tara Salazar drove in two runs apiece.

For East Central, Canyon pitcher Brooke Vestal limited the Hornets to one hit.

East Central defeated Seguin 9-3 March 7. The Hornets scored seven runs in the first two innings.

Sophomore Gracie Becerra led the Hornets with a 3-for-4 plate performance that included a double and a home run. Winning pitcher Madison Strunk also collected three hits and drove in two runs. Valadez was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs. Angel Lopez also delivered two hits.

Medina Valley defeated the Hornets 12-1 in their tournament finale.

McCollum 17, Burbank 0

Senior pitcher Kim Abundis recorded a no-hitter as the Cowboys (8-2, 3-0) defeated Burbank (2-6-1, 1-1) in a District 28-5A game March 7 at Villarreal Field No. 1.

Junior Amber Saucedo also pitched a shutout March 3 at the Tejeda Complex, as McCollum downed Sam Houston (0-8, 0-3) 22-0. Abundis and Lauryn Martinez each supplied two hits and two RBIs. Brianna Kinnard and Val Lopez also drove in two Cowboys runs.

Holy Cross 6, Victoria St. Joseph 3

The Knights (4-4, 1-0) nailed down a long-awaited win over TAPPS 4-4A nemesis Victoria St. Joseph (3-2, 0-1) March 2 in Victoria.

The Flyers have ruled the district in recent years. It was Holy Cross’ first win over St. Joseph in its nine-year history.

Knights pitcher Daisy Flores limited the Flyers to five hits.

BASEBALL: Pitching lifts Southwest to third in own tourney

Weather holding back area teams

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, Harlandale, McCollum, Southwest.

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With the persistent rain this season, area teams haven’t had as much time to address their issues as they typically have by the end of Week 2.

That applies to each team differently, even though the rainfall affects everyone. The Southwest/Central Catholic Tournament, for example, was one day shorter than originally scheduled. Games slated for March 5 were rained out.

Even though all coaches are feeling the time crunch resulting from games not played, Southwest (5-3-1) has something useful on its side – pitching depth. It helped the Dragons stay competitive in each of its tournament games and finish third.

While most teams are struggling to find three semi-reliable starters, Southwest has pitchers for all occasions. Although not all of them have varsity experience, the Dragons pitching staff won three of five tournament games and allowed nine runs.

“When those guys are on, we don’t lose,” Southwest coach John Velasquez said. “We have eight (pitchers), and so far we’ve used six.

“Joe Cerda pitched the whole second game against Medina Valley and did well. Felipe Cardona was sick, but he went the first three innings in our first game against Medina Valley (a 5-2 loss). Juan Carlos Hernandez pitched an excellent game against Central Catholic and Zach Ponce pitched well the first (tournament) game.”

Southwest defeated Central Catholic (3-4-1) 4-1 in the third-place game March 7 as Hernandez recovered from a collision in the semifinal against Medina Valley, a 2-1 loss, to pitch a four-hitter. McCollum (2-4) defeated Harlandale (2-4-1) for the consolation championship March 7 at Central’s Kahlig Park.

“We’re blessed to have that pitching,” Velasquez said, “but we need to hit the ball better and get a little better behind the plate. We have two inexperienced catchers, and they’re learning.”

“Juan Carlos got hit in the face in a rundown,” Velasquez said of Hernandez. “He showed a lot of guts. He’s played with us for two years already, and he hasn’t let up yet.”

Central Catholic, McCollum and Harlandale share a common problem. Their inexperience is being magnified by infrequent competition.

“The weather has been tough for us,” said Harlandale coach Eric Forestier, referencing the Harlandale ISD Tournament which was canceled because of rain a week earlier.

“Especially when you’re so young, you want to play.”

Central Catholic may not have played often, but it has played quality opponents. The Buttons had to face Laredo Alexander, No. 4 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 6A state rankings, twice in its five tournament games. Alexander won 15-1 and 13-1.

“People need to understand,” Central Catholic coach Mike Gomez said, “at this stage of the season, it’s not about wins and losses. It’s about experience, and we’ve gotten some good experience.”

Sophomore Ethan Rodriguez delivered a walk-off hit in Central Catholic’s 3-2 opening-game win over MccCollum. The Buttons tied Harlandale 6-6, but advanced more runners to third base to win the tiebreaker.

“We’re just not hitting the ball like we have in the past,” Gomez said. “We only have four seniors, and just two start. The encouraging sign is that we’ve seen the younger kids play against Laredo Alexander twice, and they had no fear.”

Harlandale is starting four freshmen, four sophomores and no seniors.

“We have five or six pitchers, but no one is dominant,” Forestier said. “That could be good, or bad.”

BOYS BASKETBALL: Sam Houston runs out of comebacks in Region IV finals

Cedar Park leaves Hurricanes one win from state repeat

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Sam Houston.

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Sam Houston established itself as a second-half team this year.

Whether it was the second-half of the District 28-5A season or the post-halftime portion of games, the Hurricanes (16-14) were strongest under presssure – or when applying heat defensively. Sam Houston finally reached its limit of comeback performances March 7 in the Region IV championship game, one win short of a second-consecutive trip to the state finals.

With the absence of its customary post-halftime surge, Cedar Park (28-6) was able to hold off Sam Houston, When the Hurricanes made it a one- or two-possession game, the Timbervolves turned to sophomore post Keaton Hervey in the 53-41 win at Littleton Gym.

Hervey produced 19 of his 25 points in the second half.

Cedar Park were No. 24 in the final Texas Association of Basketball Coaches state rankings. Sam Houston was unranked, although it was No. 7 in the preseason poll.

“We started off 0-6 and 0-3 in district,” first-year Sam Houston coach Erik Coleman said. “The kids deserve to be happy. The kids came together. They had a lot of heart and character.”

Sam Houston qualified for the regional finals for the fifth-consecutive year. The previous four appearances were in Class 3A.

The Hurricanes defeated Cedar Park Vista Ridge 61-56 March 2 and Edinburg Vela 66-58 March 6 to advance to the Region IV title game.

“We learned that nobody can stop us,” Sam Houston junior wing Robert Christian said, “as long as we keep playing the way we play.

“We really didn’t give up (against Cedar Park). The shots weren’t falling for us. They were for them.”

Those are lessons Christian (a team-best 10 points against Cedar Park), sophomore point guard Jawon Anderson (15 points and five assists vs. Vista Ridge) and six other non-seniors on the Hurricanes’ playoff roster can carry over to next year.

“We learned to play as a team,” said Christian, who had 17 rebounds and 10 steals in the last two games. “We were playing as individuals when the season started. We stepped up as a whole unit.”

Sam Houston had won five of its previous six games going into the Cedar Park contest, losing only 72-70 to 26-6A champ Reagan in double overtime. The streak began with a 72-60 upset of 28-5A champion Lanier, its only district loss.

“That district was very competitive,” Coleman said. “In our previous district, we were winning games by 30 points. Still, every game, we’d get up 10-12 points but end up losing. We turned it around by the end of the season.”

Sam Houston trailed Vista Ridge 32-28 at halftime and fell behind Vela 30-20 at the midway point. Against Vista Ridge, the Hurricanes scored 10 unanswered points early in the second half to take control. In the third quarter against Vela, the tide turned because of intense defense and three-point shooting from Henry Carter (11 points.)

“We knew we had to control the boards,” said Sam Houston senior post Devin Allen, who finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. “Once we started doing that, the shots started falling. It opened things up.

“It just came down to how badly we wanted it. You could see that, late in the third quarter and in the fourth quarter, they started wearing down.”

The shooting surge, as supplied by senior Jarrett Burks against Vista Ridge, never took place in the season finale.

“I think our defense was really dominating,” Cedar Park coach Blake Brown said. “We wanted to prevent them from driving to the basket. They got some good looks at times, but we stuck to our game plan overall.”

Burks sank three 3-point baskets in the final quarter against Vista Ridge to balance an offense led by Christian’s 19 points.

“My teammates just told me to spot up and knock it down,” Burks said. “Once I hit that first one, the next two, they were running guys at me. But my teammates had faith in me.”

Allen and Burks were third-year varsity members who helped set the tone for this year’s team.

“I’ve always believed that if you do the work, in the classroom and on the court,” Coleman said, “good things will come. We believed in ourselves. We knew we were a very good team, even if our record didn’t show it. Teams knew they were going to get a battle (from) us.”

SOFTBALL WEEKLY REPORT: South San off to startlingly good start

Offenses dominate first week in 28-5A

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, Harlandale, McCollum, South San.

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South San, East Central’s District 28-6A rival, was the only other area team to finish the first two weeks undefeated.

After winning their own tournament a week earlier, the Bobcats (8-0) only were able to complete two games in the Harlandale ISD Tournament before it was canceled February 27. South San defeated Harlandale (2-5-2) 13-1 and Jefferson 11-4 Feb. 27 at the Frank Tejeda Complex.

South San sophomore Alyssa Montes pitched a five-hitter against Harlandale. Amanda Vallejo led the offense with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate, which included a double and two RBIs. Brooke Flores, Tara Salazar and Montes all collected two hits and two RBIs.

Andrea Ricondo and Miranda Rios each added two hits and an RBI to South San’s 13-hit attack. Alyssa Trevino drove in two runs.

South San had 14 hits against Jefferson, led by a 3-for-3 performance from Montes (2 RBIs). Vallejo again was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2. Montes and Vallejo each hit triples.

Salazar and Melanie Kretz each drove in two runs. South San scored five runs in the first inning and again in the fourth.

Jefferson scored three runs in the fifth inning, but Bobcats pitcher Dalina Sanchez was charged with just one earned run.

District 28-5A

There were plenty of fireworks on the opening day of the District 28-5A season Feb. 24. Brackenridge (3-4, 1-0), Burbank (2-4-1, 1-0), McCollum (6-2) and Harlandale all scored 18 or more runs in winning their first district games.

Burbank defeated Sam Houston (0-6, 0-1) 21-0. Brackenridge downed Edison (5-3, 0-1) 20-3 in a bit of a shocker. Harlandale won 20-4 over Jefferson (2-5, 0-1). McCollum blitzed Lanier (0-3, 0-1) 18-2.

McCollum also had a big offensive outburst Feb. 27. In an 11-9 win over Pleasanton in the Harlandale ISD Tournament, Kim Abundis, Samantha Gaeta, Brianna Kinnard and Val Lopez each hit home runs.

SOFTBALL: Undefeated East Central aiming for long playoff run

Hungry Hornets pitching shutouts, winning close ones

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: East Central.

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It’s said that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. That’s unquestionably true, but it’s clear that East Central is off on the right foot.

Two weeks and 10 games into the season, East Central was undefeated. The Hornets picked up three wins in Week 2, including a 10-7 decision over Brandeis Feb. 24 and a pair of shutouts.

East Central has qualified for the area round in three of the last four seasons. The Hornets want to make a deeper playoff run this season with a team heavy on both seniors and sophomores.

“We put a lot into our pre-season,” second-year East Central coach Meagan McCutcheon said. “We wanted to prepare ourselves for the postseason. We want to make it further than East Central ever has.

“Playing Johnson, Smithson Valley and Brandeis is a big step forward. The kids have responded incredibly so far.”

Coming off a six-game sweep of pool play at the tough Brenham Tournament (which didn’t have a championship bracket), the Hornets broke a 1-1 tie with Brandeis (4-3) by scoring twice in the second inning. East Central broke the game open with a five-run fourth.

Sophomore Gracie Becerra hit a home run and drove in two runs. Floresville transfer Sierra Valadez also had two RBI. Kendall Talley scored three runs.

“That was a big win,” McCutcheon said. “We prepared a lot for their quickness, and how they’ll bunt in any situation and any part of the lineup. The kids were quick, and they always knew where the next play was going to be.”

Hornets senior Madison Strunk pitched back-to-back shutouts in the Judson/East Central Tournament, before the weather forced its cancellation. Strunk limited Uvalde to three hits in a 12-0 decision Feb. 26 and Madison to one hit Feb. 27.

“She has goals she wants to accomplish,” McCutcheon said, “not just for the season, but inning-by-inning. She’s meeting those goals, and they turn into victories.”

Against Madison, Cara Johnson drilled a two-run double and senior shortstop Haydi Bugarin (3-for-3, 2 RBIs) produced an RBI double in a seven-run, fourth-inning rally. In the Uvalde game, five of the Hornets’ 10 hits were doubles. Becerra drove in three runs.

East Central has claimed four comeback victories, including one from a six-run deficit.

“I’m very happy with the way they’ve come back and the maturity they’ve shown,” McCutcheon said. “I have experience at every position.”

BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFF REPORT: Hurricanes vanquish Vandegrift in area round

Central Catholic reaches state quarterfinals

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Sam Houston.

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Sam Houston (14-13) avoided any semblance of a letdown after springing the area’s biggest Class 5A upset Feb. 24. The Hurricanes kept rolling with a 55-49 area-round win over Austin Vandegrift (23-12) Feb. 27 in New Braunfels.

The Hurricanes, which upended traditional power Alamo Heights 57-56, advanced to play Cedar Park Vista Ridge (24-10) in the Region IV quarterfinals.

Sam Houston scored the game’s first seven points against Vandegrift, but didn’t score again in the first quarter. The Vandals led 23-21 at halftime. The Hurricanes outscored Vandegrift 20-13 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Individual scoring information for the Hurricanes against Vandegrift was not available.

Central Catholic

The Buttons (21-16) defeated yet another ranked opponent Feb. 27 in the TAPPS Class 5A regional round before running into a buzzsaw. Powerhouse Plano Prestonwood Christian (30-5), No. 1 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches large private school rankings, ended Central Catholic’s postseason run Feb. 28 with an 85-51 loss.

No. 23 Central Catholic reached the state quarterfinal game against Prestonwood Christian with a 43-40 win over No. 16 Dallas Bishop Lynch. The Buttons battled back from a 27-14 halftime deficit. They outscored Bishop Lynch 15-4 in the final quarter to secure the win.

Senior Jaime Nava led Central Catholic with 14 points. Will Galindo pitched in 11.

Warren 83, East Central 77

District 28-6A co-champion East Central (20-12) couldn’t overcome hot foul shooting from Warren (16-17) Feb. 14 at Alamo Convocation Center.

A three-point play from senior Wanya Ward (21 points) provided East Central a 74-73 advantage with 1:50 to play. Warren scored 14 seconds later. The Hornets tied the score 75-75 with 45.1 seconds remained on a free throw from Hector Sifuentes.

“We missed some open layups,” East Central coach Jeff Sweet said, “but plays down the stretch are just as important as those in the first and second quarter. You can’t dwell on plays that happened in the last two minutes.”

The Warriors scored eight of the last 10 points, primarily from the foul stripe.

“They made their shots and we didn’t,” Sweet said. “We moved the rock.”

East Central established a 23-18 lead in the first quarter. The Hornets held a 38-37 halftime lead, but trailed by a point entering the final quarter.

Hornets junior Ethan White scored 17 points. Brandon Keno and Sifuentes added 13 points each. Patrick Hamilton scored 11.

East Central had won its previous five games to share the 28-6A regular-season title with Corpus Christi Carroll.

“We had four new starters and several guys that hadn’t played on a varsity team,” Sweet said, referring to the beginning of the season when the Hornets lost four of their first five games. “To be able to win that district is just amazing.

“They brought back old-style, tough D, uptempo East Central basketball – and it’s here to stay.”

BOYS BASKETBALL: Brackenridge sets itself up for memorable 2015-16

Scoreless stretch leads to bi-district loss

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge.

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When coaches talk about returning nine players for next season, you can generally bet that their sport is football.

Brackenridge coach Joey Isaac had arguably the area’s most surprising boys basketball team in 2014-15. Next year’s squad won’t look appreciably different. Wing Everette Patino was the only senior in the Eagles lineup during its 16-13 season, which ended Feb. 24 with a hard-fought 70-62 loss to Floresville (25-11).

Just three seniors were on the Brackenridge roster.

“I’m not taking anything away from the seniors,” Isaac said. “They got us back where Brackenridge is supposed to be. Their competitiveness has given the (returnees) something to build on.”

The Eagles shared second place in District 28-5A with Burbank and Sam Houston.

Brackenridge led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter against Floresville. A three-point basket by sophomore Isiah Saenz (18 points), his third in the first eight minutes.

The Tigers built a 33-25 lead with 2:42 remaining in the half, but Brackenridge rallied. Richard Wallace (23 points, 9 rebounds) scored six unanswered points to put the Eagles within four.

“Wally just did a great job,” Isaac said. “Man, that kid is just physical. He really wants it. I’m so proud of him.”

A fast-break layup by Saenz closed the gap to 35-33 at intermission.

A free throw from junior post Jalen Davis (11 rebounds) and a three-point basket from Nathan Avila provided the Eagles a 45-41 lead late in the third quarter. Avila (9 points) also sank a pair of techncal free throws and another three-pointer for a 54-47 advantage less than a minute into the final quarter.

“Nathan hit some big shots,” Isaac said of the 5-foot-5 guard. “They tried to take advantage of him being so small and posting him up, but he hit his share of them.”

Soon thereafter, Brackenridge experienced a four-minute scoreless drought. Floresville ran off 11 unanswered points before Wallace made a free throw that brought the Eagles within 62-59.

“Their point guard (Jared Kotzur) is big and (Chris Albert) is a great all-around player,” Isaac said. “Our game plan worked. We got them in foul trouble. Then we had a stretch where we couldn’t get a call, and they knocked their free throws down.”

Saenz was fouled on a three-point shot with 37.8 seconds. His two free throws reduced Floresville’s lead to a point, but Brack went cold again.

“If we would have made our free throws, it would have been different,” Isaac said. “But that’s part of being young and it’s a great lesson to learn.”

Tigers junior Bradley Bunn sank a pair of foul shots with 31.9 seconds left. Brackenridge couldn’t get closer than 68-62 thereafter.

“I feel like we represented the district well,” Isaac said. “I feel like we did everything we could. It just came down to one of their runs at the end.”

BASEBALL: Area rankings (thru March 14)

Through March 14

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. Southwest – 1

2. East Central – 2

3. Central Catholic – 3

4. McCollum – 4

5. Highlands – 8

6. Burbank – 5

7. Sam Houston – 11

8. Harlandale – 7

9. Holy Cross – 10

10. Brackenridge – 6

11. Kennedy – 12

12. South San – 9

13. Jefferson – 13

14. Lanier – 14

15. Edison – 15

 

NR = not ranked

SOFTBALL: Area rankings (thru March 14)

Through March 14

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. East Central – 1

2. Southwest – 2

3. South San – 3

4. McCollum – 6

5. Brackenridge – 4

6. Holy Cross – 5

7. Edison – 7

8. Harlandale – 8

9. Lanier – 13

10. Highlands – 9

11. Jefferson – 10

12. Southside – 11

13. Kennedy – 12

14. Burbank – 14

15. Sam Houston – 15

 

NR = not ranked

BOYS BASKETBALL: Burbank can’t overcome cold shooting in area round

Cedar Park’s foul shooting holds off Bulldogs

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank.

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As Burbank’s players filed slowly out of the Kyle Lehman High School locker room Feb. 27, their coach was doing his best to contain his emotions.

“It’s hard to see these guys go,” Burbank coach Herbert Jackson said. “They’ve worked unbelievably hard to get to this point, some of them for four years. Seeing these guys grow up has been a thrill.”

The Bulldogs ended their season with a 24-11 record in a 61-43 area-round loss to Cedar Park (25-6). They were the first Burbank team make the playoffs and also to get past the bi-district round since 2012.

Burbank advanced with a 57-47 bi-district win over Seguin Feb. 24 at the Bill Greehey Arena on the St. Mary’s University campus.

“The journey we have taken to get here,” Jackson said, “I couldn’t have done it without my coaching staff. It’s been something very special.”

Burbank never led against the Timberwolves, but the Bulldogs showed their mettle at a few different stages of the game.

Cedar Park scored the first five points. A steal and layup from senior Jordan Santos put Burbank within 8-4 with 1:39 remaining in the first quarter. The substitute guard also scored twice early in the second quarter after the Timberwolves extended their lead.

The Bulldogs got their offense flowing in the quarter. They pulled within 23-16 with a pair of free throws from junior Moses Betancourt and a three-pointer from Juan Castillo. Two more foul shots from Betancourt (11 points, 4 assists) closed Burbank’s deficit to 25-21 with 59.1 seconds until halftime.

However, Cedar Park responded with consecutive fast-break baskets that started a 9-3 spurt – interrupted only by another three-pointer from Castillo (10 points).

“Coach (Blake Brown) had us really ready,” said Timberwolves sophomore Keaton Hervey, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. “We knew all their plays. I feel like we’re playing really well.”

Cedar Park’s lead expanded to 43-28 after three quarters with senior Trey Knight (19 points) contributing seven of his 19 points.

A pair of three-pointers from senior Moses Montalvo began a final Bulldogs run. Santos made two technical free throws and Betancourt added another to cut the Timberwolves’ lead to 48-37 with 6:17 remaining.

Hervey scored eight of Cedar Park’s 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a three-point play that prevented Burbank from cutting further into its cushion.

“They did a good job,” Jackson said. “They took (28) free throws and only missed seven. The ball didn’t fall for us today.”

Like Burbank, Cedar Park was an experienced team. Knight was a four-year starter for the Timberwolves, who eventually advanced to the state semifinals.

“(Our experience) helps a lot,” Hervey said. “We’ve all been in close games. This is the first time we’ve gotten past the second round in four years. I feel like we can go all the way.”

Against Seguin, the Bulldogs ended the game with a 10-3 surge. The Matadors had pulled within 47-44 late, after Burbank established a 27-17 halftime lead.

Montalvo led Burbank with 17 points. Betancourt added 11 points and Michael Mascorro had 10. Castillo finished with eight.

“The seniors came to play,” Jackson said. “They expected to win. They didn’t want to be one-and-done. They had a lot of energy in practice, and it carried over to the game.”

Burbank raced to an 11-3 record by early December, signalling their resurgence. The Bulldogs finished in a three-way tie for second place in District 28-5A with Brackenridge and Sam Houston.

The Bulldogs lose six seniors who played in the season finale to graduation.

BASEBALL: This week’s results (thru March 14)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of March 8-14

Monday’s games

District 28-5A

Sam Houston vs. McCollum at Tejeda Complex (ppd., no reschedule date)

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi John Paul II at San Antonio Christian (score unavailable)

Non-district

Central Catholic at Southwest (ppd. to Friday)

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Floresville (6-1, 1-1) 5, Kennedy (5-4 ???, 0-2) 1

Lockhart  (4-1 ???, 1-1) 13, Memorial (1-6 ???, 0-2) 2

San Marcos (9-0, 2-0) 9, Seguin (5-2, 1-1) 1

District 28-5A

Harlandale (3-4-1, 2-0) 10, Brackenridge (5-4, 1-1) 0 (5 innings)

Jefferson (2-5, 1-1) 3, Lanier (1-6, 0-2) 1

Highlands (4-2-1 ???, 2-0) 16, Edison (2-6, 0-2) 1 (5 innings)

Sam Houston vs. McCollum (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

District 29-5A

Laredo Martin vs. Southside (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

Eagle Pass Winn (3-2 ???, 1-0) 3, Medina Valley (4-3, 0-1) 0

Laredo Nixon vs. Somerset (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

Laredo Cigarroa at Uvalde (score unavailable)

Non-district

New Braunfels (5-3-1) 9, Southwest (5-4-1) 0

Central Catholic at Wagner (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

South San (2-8) vs. Churchill (score unavailable)

Wednesday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (9-2, 2-0) 4, Boerne Champion (6-2, 1-1) 0

District 28-5A

McCollum (3-4, 2-0) 11, Burbank (3-5, 1-1) 2

Highlands (5-2-1 ???, 3-0) 3, Harlandale (3-5-1, 2-1) 0

Sam Houston (5-3, 1-1) 17, Jefferson (2-6, 1-2) 0 (4 innings)

Brackenridge (6-4, 2-1) 21, Lanier (1-7, 0-3) 2 (5 innings)

District 29-5A

Laredo Nixon (4-6 ???, 1-0) 2, Somerset (3-3-1 ???, 0-1) 1

Laredo Martin (1-10, 1-0) 16, Southside (1-6 ???, 0-1) 1

Non-district

Central Catholic (4-4-1) 11, Victoria St. Joseph (4-2 ???) 3

Antonian (8-2) 21-11, Holy Cross (5-5) 3-1 (Game 1: 4 innings; Game 2: 6 innings)

South San at Wagner (canceled)

East Central Tournament

Roosevelt 11, East Central (3-2 ???) 1

Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

McCollum (4-4, 3-0) 11, Sam Houston (5-4, 1-2) 1 (6 innings)

Non-district

Central Catholic (5-5-1) 8, Wagner (1-2 ???) 3

Holy Cross (6-5) 17, Cotulla (0-4 ???) 5 (5 innings)

Southwest (6-3-1) 10, Wagner (1-2 ???) 1

Madison (5-1-1) 13, Central Catholic (5-5-1) 7

East Central Tournament

East Central (4-2 ???) 2, New Braunfels (5-4-1) 1

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (10-2, 3-0) 8, Lockhart (4-2 ???, 1-2) 4

Boerne Champion (7-2, 2-1) 5, Floresville  (6-2, 1-2) 1

Kennedy (6-4 ???, 1-2) 1, Kerrville Tivy (5-5, 1-1) 0

San Marcos (10-0, 3-0) 20, Memorial (1-7 ???, 0-3) 0 (5 innings)

District 28-5A

Burbank (4-5, 2-1) 9, Jefferson (2-7, 1-3) 5

Sam Houston (6-4, 2-2) 8, Brackenridge (6-5, 2-2) 5

Harlandale (4-5-1, 3-1) 14, Edison (2-7, 0-3) 1 (5 innings)

Highlands (6-2-1 ???, 4-0) 9, Lanier (1-8, 0-4) 3

TAPPS 44A

Victoria St. Joseph (5-2 ???, 1-0) 11, Corpus Christi John Paul II (0-1 ???, 0-1) 1

Non-district

Southwest (7-3-1) 8, Central Catholic (5-6-1) 2

East Central Tournament

East Central (5-3 ???) 4, Lee 2
Smithson Valley 8, East Central (5-3 ???) 0

Saturday’s games

District 27-5A

Seguin (6-2, 2-1) 13, Memorial (1-8 ???, 0-4) 0

Alamo Heights (11-2, 4-0) 3, San Marcos (10-1, 3-1) 2 (13 innings)

Boerne Champion (8-2, 3-1) 4, Kerrville Tivy (5-6, 1-2) 2

Lockhart (5-2 ???, 2-2) 5, Floresville (6-3, 1-3) 3

TAPPS 44A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (4-4 ???, 0-0 ???) at Laredo St. Augustine (0-1 ???, 0-1 ???) (score unavailable)

Cornerstone Christian (4-3 ???, 2-0) 3, San Antonio Christian (1-6 ???, 0-1) 0

Holy Cross (7-5, 1-0) 7, TMI (4-6 ???, 0-1) 2

SOFTBALL: This week’s results (thru March 14)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of March 8-14

Monday’s games

District 28-5A

Burbank vs. Jefferson at Villarreal Field No. 1 (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

Harlandale vs. Edison at Villarreal Field No. 2 (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

Sam Houston vs. McCollum at Burbank (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

Lanier vs. Highlands at Villarreal Field No. 1 (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

District 26-3A

Randolph (6-4 ???, 1-0) at Brooks Academy (0-1 ???, 0-1 ???) (score unavailable)

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (6-4, 5-0) 7, Kennedy (1-5-1, 0-3) 0

San Marcos (7-4, 4-0) 10, Floresville (7-3, 1-3) 2

Kerrville Tivy (2-7, 2-2) 11, Lockhart (4-2 ???, 3-1) 9

Seguin at Alamo Heights (ppd., rescheduled for noon Wednesday)

District 28-5A

Brackenridge at Burbank (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

Edison vs. Lanier (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

Highlands vs. Sam Houston (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

Jefferson vs. McCollum (ppd., rescheduled for Wednesday)

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn (4-2 ???, 2-1) 10, Uvalde (8-5, 2-1) 5

Laredo Cigarroa (3-5 ???, 1-2) 10, Laredo Martin (0-7 ???, 0-3) 0 (6 innings)

Somerset (11-0, 3-0) 10, Southside (1-8, 1-2) 0 (5 innings)

Medina Valley (11-1, 3-0) 17, Laredo Nixon (0-3 ???, 0-3) 1 (3 innings)

Non-district

Smithson Valley (12-2-1) 4, East Central (13-2) 2

Wednesday’s games

District 27-5A

Seguin (3-5, 2-2) 12, Alamo Heights (1-6 ???, 1-4) 1 (6 innings)

District 28-5A

Jefferson (4-7, 2-2) 11, Burbank (2-8-1, 1-3) 1 (5 innings)

Edison (7-4 ???, 2-2) 14, Harlandale (3-5-1, 2-2) 8

Lanier (3-4 ???, 3-2) 12, Highlands (4-4, 1-3) 8

Jefferson (4-7, 2-2) vs. McCollum (8-2, 3-0) (ppd., rescheduled for Thursday)

Brackenridge (7-6, 5-0) 15, Sam Houston (0-10, 0-5) 0 (3 innings)

Brackenridge (7-6, 5-0) 19, Burbank (2-8-1, 1-3) 0 (3 innings)

Lanier (3-4 ???, 3-2) 6, Edison (7-4 ???, 2-2) 5

Highlands (4-4, 1-3) 23, Sam Houston (0-10, 0-5) 0 (3 innings)

Thursday’s games

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights (2-6 ???, 2-4) 20, Memorial (0-9, 0-4) 0 (3 innings)

Seguin (4-5, 3-2) 5, Floresville (7-4, 1-4) 1

District 28-5A

Highlands (5-4, 2-3) 11, Burbank (2-9-1, 1-4) 1 (5 innings)

McCollum (10-2, 5-0) 7, Brackenridge (7-7, 5-1) 1

Edison (8-4 ???, 3-2) 21, Sam Houston (0-11, 0-6) 2 (3 innings)

Harlandale (4-5-1, 3-2) 7, Lanier (3-5 ???, 3-3) 1

McCollum (10-2, 5-0) 14,  Jefferson (4-8, 2-3) 0 (5 innings)

District 29-5A

Medina Valley (12-1, 4-0) 8, Somerset (11-1, 3-1) 1

Eagle Pass Winn (4-2 ???, 2-1 ???) at Laredo Cigarroa (3-5 ???, 1-2 ???) (scores unavailable)

Southside (2-8, 2-2) 13, Laredo Martin (0-8 ???, 0-4) 3

Uvalde (9-5, 3-1) 12, Laredo Nixon  (0-4 ???, 0-4) 4

Non-district

San Marcos Tournament

Southwest (9-4) 10, Canyon Lake 0 (3 innings)

Friday’s games

District 27-5A

San Marcos (8-4, 5-0) 12, Kerrville Tivy (2-8, 2-3) 0 (4 innings)

Lockhart (8-7, 3-1) 12, Kennedy (1-6-1, 0-4) 1 (5 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

San Antonio Christian (0-0 ???, 0-0) at Cornerstone Christian (0-6 ???, 0-0) (score unavailable)

Non-district

Boerne (5-7-1) 4, South San (12-2) 1

Pleasanton (9-2) 12, Holy Cross (5-6-2) 6

San Marcos Tournament

Southwest (12-4) 5, Weimar 0
Southwest (12-4) 3, El Paso Americas 0
Southwest (12-4) 11, Dallas Bishop Lynch 0

Saturday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi John Paul II (5-2-1 ???, 0-0) at Victoria St. Joseph (3-6 ???, 0-1) (score unavailable)

San Marcos Tournament

Southwest (14-5) 5, Shiner 3

Southwest (14-5) 4, Houston Lamar 3

Championship

San Marcos 4, Southwest (14-5) 3

BASEBALL: Area rankings (thru March 7)

Through March 7

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last year

1. Southwest – 3

2. East Central – 8

3. Central Catholic – 2

4. McCollum – 1

5. Burbank – 5

6. Brackenridge – 4

7. Harlandale – 7

8. Highlands – 10

9. South San – 6

10. Holy Cross – 11

11. Sam Houston – NR

12. Kennedy – 9

13. Jefferson – 12

14. Lanier – 14

15. Edison – 15

 

NR = not ranked

Last year = 2014 final rankings

 

SOFTBALL: Area rankings (thru March 7)

Through March 7

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. East Central – 1

2. Southwest – 2

3. South San – 5

4. Brackenridge – 3

5. Holy Cross – 4

6. McCollum – 6

7. Edison – 7

8. Harlandale – 8

9. Highlands – 9

10. Jefferson – 10

11. Southside – 13

12. Kennedy – 11

13. Lanier – 14

14. Burbank – 12

15. Sam Houston – NR

 

NR = not ranked

BASEBALL: This week’s results (thru March 7)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of March 1-7

Monday’s games

Non-district

Southwest (2-1-1 ???) 3, Churchill (0-2-1 ???) 2

Jourdanton (1-1 ???) 10, Southside (0-3 ???) 4

Tuesday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion (3-0, 1-0) 14, Memorial (0-3 ???, 0-1) 0 (5 innings)

Alamo Heights (4-2, 1-0) 24, Kennedy (1-2 ???, 0-1) 0 (5 innings)

Kerrville Tivy (1-1-1, 1-0) 14, Floresville (1-1, 0-1) 4 (6 innings)

Seguin (2-0, 1-0) 4, Lockhart (3-1, 0-1) 3

District 28-5A

Brackenridge (2-1, 1-0) 17, Edison (1-3, 0-1) 0 (5 innings)

McCollum (1-1, 1-0) 15, Lanier (1-2, 0-1) 1 (5 innings)

Burbank (1-1, 1-0) 12, Sam Houston (1-1 ???, 0-1) 0 (6 innings)

Harlandale (2-1, 1-0) 7, Jefferson (0-2, 0-1) 1

Non-district

Central Catholic (2-1) vs. Madison (0-1-1 ???) (canceled)

Holy Cross (3-2) 11, Somerset (0-1-1 ???) 0 (5 innings)

Judson (1-4) 9, South San (1-5) 8

East Central (2-0) at Smithson Valley (0-2-1) (ppd., no reschedule date)

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

Non-district

Bandera Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Southside (1-3 ???). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Comal ISD Tournament

At New Braunfels Canyon

Burbank (2-2) 10, Seguin 1
Canyon Lake 10, Burbank (2-2) 9

Devine Tournament

Holy Cross (4-3) 6, Somerset 2
Marion 12, Holy Cross (4-3) 0 (4 innings)

Edgewood ISD Tournament

Brackenridge (4-1) 3, Kennedy (2-3 ???) 2
Sam Houston (3-1 ???) 5, Natalia 2
Saginaw 16, Memorial (0-5 ???) 0
Saginaw 5, Memorial (0-5 ???) 0
Kennedy (2-3 ???) 6, Edison (1-4) 0
Brackenridge (4-1) 13, Cole 2 (5 innings)
Sam Houston (3-1 ???) 10, Jefferson (0-4) 8
Natalia 9, Memorial (0-5 ???) 1

Floresville Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Lanier (1-2). FINALS – Saturday.

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

AREA TEAMS – East Central (2-0). FINALS – Saturday.  (scores unavailable)

NEISD Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Highlands (1-0 ???), South San (1-5). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Southwest/Central Catholic Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Central Catholic (2-1), Harlandale (2-1), McCollum (1-1), Southwest (2-1-1 ???). FINALS – Saturday. (ppd. to Friday)

 

Friday’s games

Non-district

Bandera Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Southside (1-3 ???). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Comal ISD Tournament

At New Braunfels Canyon

El Paso Ysleta 4, Burbank (3-3) 2
Burbank (3-3) 8, Del Valle 1

Devine Tournament

Holy Cross (5-3) 6, Hondo 1

Edgewood ISD Tournament

Sam Houston (4-2 ???) 5, Saginaw 1
Natalia 8, Jefferson (1-5) 1
Jefferson (1-5) 3, Memorial (1-6 ???) 2 (5 innings)
Memorial (1-6 ???) 7, Sam Houston (4-2 ???) 6 (5 innings)
Los Fresnos 5, Brackenridge (5-2) 0
Brackenridge (5-2) 6, Edison (2-5) 5 (5 innings)
Kennedy (4-3 ???) 10, Cole 6
Edison (2-5) 12, Cole 4
Kennedy (4-3 ???) 1, Los Fresnos 0

Floresville Tournament

Floresville JV 10, Lanier (1-4) 4
Floresville 14, Lanier (1-4) 2 ( 5 innings)

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

AREA TEAMS – East Central (2-0 ???). FINALS – Saturday.  (scores unavailable)

NEISD Tournament

Churchill 9, Highlands (2-2-1 ???) 0
Highlands (2-2-1 ???) 8, South San (2-6) 7
South San (2-6) 13, Lee 9

Southwest/Central Catholic Tournament

Medina Valley 8, Harlandale (2-3-1) 1
Laredo Alexander 12, McCollum (1-4) 0
Southwest (4-2-1 ???) 8, McCollum (1-4) 1
Southwest (4-2-1 ???) 11, Harlandale (2-3-1) 0 (4 innings)
Medina Valley 5, Southwest (4-2-1 ???) 2
Central Catholic (3-2-1) 3, McCollum (1-4) 2
Central Catholic (3-2-1) 6, Harlandale (2-3-1) 6 (6 innings) (Central Catholic advances on tiebreaker)
Laredo Alexander 15, Central Catholic (3-2-1) 1

Saturday’s games

Non-district

Bandera Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Southside (1-3 ???). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Comal ISD Tournament

At New Braunfels Canyon

AREA TEAMS – Burbank (3-3). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Devine Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Holy Cross (5-3). FINALS – Saturday. (scores unavailable)

Edgewood ISD Tournament

OTHER AREA TEAMS – Edison (2-5), Jefferson (1-5), Memorial (1-6 ???).

Saginaw 7, Brackenridge (5-3) 2
Los Fresnos 13, Sam Houston (4-3 ???) 0 (5 innings)
Kennedy (5-3 ???) 4, Natalia 1

Floresville Tournament

Pleasanton 16, Lanier (1-5) 0 (4 innings)

Kerrville Tivy Tournament

Madison 5, East Central (2-1 ???) 2

NEISD Tournament

AREA TEAMS – Highlands (2-2-1 ???), . FINALS – Saturday.

Highlands (3-2-1 ???) 5, Lee 5 (7 innings)
Antonian 11, South San (2-8) 5
Antonian 8, Highlands (3-2-1 ???) 1
Churchill 7, South San (2-8) 4

Southwest/Central Catholic Tournament

Consolation championship

McCollum (2-4) 7, Harlandale (2-4-1) 3

Semifinals

Medina Valley 2, Southwest (5-3-1 ???) 1

Laredo Alexander 13, Central Catholic (3-4-1) 1

Third place

Southwest (5-3-1 ???) 4, Central Catholic (3-4-1) 1

Championship

Laredo Alexander 9, Medina Valley 1