BASEBALL: This week’s results (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 18-May 1

Monday’s games

District 28-5A
Eagle Pass Winn 24, Southside 0 (5 innings) (rescheduled from Friday)

Tuesday’s games

District 27-6A
East Central 7, Clemens 3
South San 10, New Braunfels 4
Smithson Valley 9, Steele 5
Judson 3, Wagner 1
District 27-5A
Burbank 10, Sam Houston 0 (6 innings)
Kennedy 6, Jefferson 3
Edison 8, Highlands 7
Memorial 5, Lanier 1

Central Catholic 11, San Antonio Christian 3 (rescheduled from Friday)

Wednesday’s games

No games scheduled

Thursday’s games

No games scheduled

Friday’s games

District 27-6A
East Central, 2, Clemens 0 (suspended, 2 outs, bottom 3rd; rescheduled for Monday)
Judson 6, Wagner 1 (suspended, 2 outs, bottom 3rd; no reschedule date)
Smithson Valley at Steele (ppd., rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Wimberley)
South San at New Braunfels (suspended, rescheduled for Monday)
District 27-5A
Brackenridge vs. Highlands (ppd., rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday at Diz Reeves Diamond)
Kennedy vs. Memorial (score unavailable)
Lanier vs. Burbank (ppd., rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday at Reeves Field No. 2)
Jefferson 2, Edison 0

Saturday’s games

District 27-6A
Smithson Valley 11, Steele 0 (5 innings) (rescheduled from Friday)

Monday, May 1 games

District 27-6A
New Braunfels 5, South San 1 (completion of game suspended Friday)
East Central 6, Clemens 0 (completion of game suspended Friday with East Central leading 2-0 in bottom 3rd)
District 27-5A

Brackenridge 9, Highlands 1 (rescheduled from Friday)
Burbank 5, Lanier 0 (completion of game suspended Friday)

Kennedy 15, Memorial 1 (5 innings) (rescheduled from Friday)

BASEBALL: Area playoff picture (final)


Baseball playoff picture

These are the area teams that qualified for the playoffs (in alphabetical order):


QUALIFIERS:  Brackenridge (14-8, 10-2), Burbank (8-16-1, 5-7), Central Catholic (14-12, 6-4), Harlandale (12-12, 8-6), Highlands (10-12, 5-7), McCollum (24-5, 11-3), South San (14-13, 3-7), Southwest (12-10-1, 5-5).

BASEBALL: Brack offense returns in win over Lanier

Rangel shuts out Voks


Brackenridge (13-8, 9-2) bounced back from a sub-par offensive showing Tuesday against Jefferson to defeat Lanier (7-14, 4-7) 12-0 Thursday at SAISD Field No. 1. The Eagles finished with 11 hits.

The second-place Eagles took the lead with two runs in the first inning. They also scored twice in the third, before breaking out with eight runs over the next two innings to put the 10-run rule into effect.

Brackenridge senior Robert Rangel limited the Voks to four hits while striking out seven.

Senior Tristen Cortinas went 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Mario Roldan led the Eagles with three hits. Matt de los Santos was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Alex Hammerli drove in two runs. Austin Lozano collected an RBI. Freshman Johnathon Lucas scored four runs.

Brackenridge, which is assured of finishing in second, will complete its district season with a 7 p.m. game against Highlands (10-12, 5-6) Thursday at SAISD Field No. 1.

Lanier is tied with Burbank (7-16-1, 4-7) for fourth place. The teams will square off Thursday at SAISD Field No. 2 to determine the district’s final playoff qualifier.

BASEBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Burbank stays in 28-4A playoff race by beating Jefferson

McCollum survives Kennedy upset bid, earns walkoff win

TEAMS INCLUDEDBurbank, Harlandale, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, Southside.

Burbank kept its playoff hopes alive with its second-consecutive District 28-4A victory Thursday at SAISD Field No. 1. The Bulldogs (7-16-1, 4-7) defeated Jefferson (5-18, 3-8) 8-2.

The Bulldogs will enter the final day of the 28-4A season tied with Lanier (7-14, 4-7). The teams will meet in a winner-take-all game 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Field No. 2.

Against Jefferson, the Mustangs led 1-0 after two innings. Burbank gained the lead for good with three runs in the third. Jefferson closed within 4-2 in the sixth, but the Bulldogs rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh.

Burbank senior Jonathan Alanis struck out eight and walked two while allowing six hits in a complete-game victory.

Junior Jeremy Moreno was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and senior Luke Warren went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs for Burbank. Sophomore Brandon Garcia scored two runs.

Miguel Montoto drove in a run for Jefferson. With the loss, the Mustangs were tied with Edison (3-17, 3-8) for sixth place and both teams were eliminated from playoff consideration.  

McCollum 2, Kennedy 1 (8 innings)

The second-place Cowboys (18-4, 9-3) recorded a walkoff win over Kennedy (6-14, 3-9) in a District 29-4A game Friday at the Frank Tejeda Complex. The game originally was scheduled for Thursday.

McCollum scored in the second inning and the Rockets tied it in the fourth. Neither team scored again until the bottom of the eighth, when the Cowboys came up with the game-winner.

No individual statistics were available.

Harlandale 7, Southside 1

Zach Perez and Robert Palomino combined to pitch a four-hitter as the Indians (11-11, 7-5) defeated Southside (4-18, 1-11) Thursday in District 29-4A game at Southside. Harlandale continued to share fourth place with Uvalde (10-12, 7-5).

Harlandale took control with a run in the first inning and six more in the second. The Cardinals scored their run in the third.

Rogelio Gutierrez and Ramzey Martinez each drove in two runs for Harlandale. Freshman Christian Slocume supplied two hits.

SOFTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: East Central dashes King’s playoff hopes, ties for second

 Lanier bashes Burbank to hold 6th in 28-4A

TEAMS INCLUDEDBurbank, East Central, Harlandale, Lanier, Southside.

The return bus trip from Corpus Christi must have been a breeze for East Central Thursday, because the Hornets took care of business during their brief stay by the bay.

The Hornets (22-6, 7-3) defeated Corpus Christi King (12-21, 2-8) 3-1 in the District 28-4A game at Cabaniss Field. The win wrapped up a second-place tie for East Central, while King’s loss ended its slim playoff hopes and dropped them to a fifth-place tie with South San (10-15-1, 2-8), who lost 13-0 to Corpus Christi Carroll in San Antonio.

Individual statistics for East Central were unavailable.

The Hornets will play Carroll (22-5, 7-3) Monday in a second-place tiebreaker game at the Victoria Complex in Victoria.

Lanier 17, Burbank 6 (5 innings)

The Voks (6-17, 2-10) used a three-run second inning to separate themselves from Burbank (3-20-1, 0-12) Thursday at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 3. Lanier finished sixth in District 28-4A.

The seventh-place Bulldogs, who had a chance to tie Lanier, nearly matched the Voks’ giant first-inning rally. Burbank was within 6-5 after an inning, but only scored one more run.

Lanier added three more runs in the fourth for a 12-6 advantage.
The Voks finished with 11 hits and Burbank had seven in the season finale for both teams.

Harlandale 17, Southside 0 (5 innings)

Uncharacteristically, the Indians’ season finished a game short of the postseason, but Harlandale (12-15-1, 6-8) finished with a playoff-caliber effort Thursday in a District 29-4A game at Southside (5-21, 2-12) District 29-4A contest at location.

The Indians scored in each inning except the last. They scored five runs in both the third and fourth.

Junior Isabella Tellez pitched Harlandale’s second-straight shutout, allowing six hits. The Indians amassed 19 hits.


SOFTBALL: Mustangs clarify 28-4A playoff tangle with upset win over Edison


Brack thunders into playoffs, leaves Highlands stranded



Pitching and defense are the foundation on which success is built but, in District 28-4A, it was the Year of the Bat.

Hitting reigned again Thursday night as the final three playoff seeds were settled at the Mary Ann Villarreal Complex. The three winning teams scored a combined 41 runs on a pressure-packed evening in which something was at stake on each diamond.

On Field No. 3, Lanier (6-17, 2-10) locked in sixth place by defeating seventh-place Burbank (3-20-1, 0-12) 17-5. On Field No. 1, Brackenridge (17-9-1, 9-3) caught fire mid-game to down Highlands (8-13-1, 5-7) 10-0 to ultimately secure second place in the district.

“Our main concern was hits and (base)running,” Eagles senior Allie Castillo said. “It was just about getting hits. That was what was going to win this game.”

Both games ended early because of the 10-run rule, allowing the spotlight to settle on the late show at diamond No. 2. That game, too, ended with a double-digit margin of victory – which masked the fact that the score was tied 2-2 through six innings.

“It’s been building up all year long,” Jefferson coach Jennifer Gomez said, referring to the winning rally, “and even the past four years. These seniors wanted it. They wanted to do that to our rival, Edison. We’ve been losing to them for four years.”

In the top of the seventh, Jefferson’s smoldering offense burst into flame. The Mustangs (10-11, 6-6) burned Edison (10-15, 8-4) for 10 hits and 12 runs in their half-inning and surrendered only one inconsequential run to Edison’s potent bats while recording the final three outs in a game steeped in ramifications to four teams.

Although the Golden Bears advanced to the playoffs despite the 14-3 loss to Jefferson, their destiny was intertwined with what had taken place on the adjacent field. Brack’s win dropped Edison to third place and Highlands’ loss opened the door for a second-consecutive playoff appearance for senior-laden Jefferson.

The Mustangs proved they were a team of destiny in seizing fourth place with their backs to the wall.

“I’m very proud,” said Jefferson senior Melanie Ybarra, who drove in the go-ahead run with a triple. “Everyone doubts us. We came back and proved them wrong.”

Edison, unaccustomed to anything but crunch-time success in the final days of recent district seasons, had to count on the playoffs for salvation.

“Jefferson came out ready to play,” Golden Bears coach Aimee Silva said. “We got a little too comfortable. When it was 2-2, we thought we’d get it in the last inning.

“Now we’re in the playoffs, and it’s always about what happens in the playoffs. We have to play to win in that first round game, or we are done.”

Brackenridge 10, Highlands 0

Like Jefferson, the Eagles scored in bunches.

Brackenridge led 1-0 after three innings, scoring on Jackie Rodriguez’s fielder’s choice in the second inning. Highlands put up a brave bid to garner its first playoff appearance in about a decade in the early innings, but wasn’t able to pick up RBIs in order to keep pace with Brackenridge.

Junior pitcher Alexis Berlanga limited the Owls, another team with high-scoring capability, to six hits in pitching a shut out.

“We told ourselves we needed this win,” Castillo said, while watching the Edison-Jefferson game, “for seeding for the playoffs. Now it all depends on what Edison does right here.”

The Eagles separated themselves with a four-run rally in the fourth, sparked by Lexus Lozano’s double.

“To me, it was the next inning,” Brackenridge coach Robyn Murken said. “We had two down, and we started hitting right around then. We got a bunch, maybe three or four, hits in a row.”

They added four more runs in the fifth, aided by senior Ana DeLeon’s two-RBI single.

The pitcher’s sister, freshman Alyssa Berlanga, contributed a two-run double and a sacrifice fly. Castillo was 2-for-3 at the plate as Brackenridge produced 12 hits.

“They’ve been hitting the last four or five games,” Murken said. “We’ve been getting at least 10 hits every game.”

The Eagles got off to a rough start in district play, dropping two of their first three games to Edison and Brennan. Through most of the 28-4A season, Brackenridge was alone in third place.

“We just knew we had to focus,” DeLeon said. “Maybe we couldn’t win district, but we could take second for the playoffs. We just had to keep on fighting and fighting and fighting.”

Brackenridge began its push for second place immediately. The Eagles won eight of their last nine district games.

“I told them they put themselves in this position,” Murken said. “We could have won it all, but we just had to persevere and play through.

We’re still peaking. We’re not on a down slope. We can still get better.”

Brackenridge will play a best-of-three playoff series against Boerne Champion (14-11), which begins 5 p.m. Thursday at Villarreal Field No. 1. The series shifts to Boerne Friday for games at 5 p.m. and, if necessary, 7 p.m.

“I think we’re really prepared,” DeLeon said, referring to the playoffs. “I do believe we could pass the first round. We have every single skill anybody would need to have to go far in the playoffs.”

Jefferson 14, Edison 3

The first four Jefferson batters reached base in the decisive seventh inning, serving as kindling for the rally.

Mustangs No. 9 hitter Amanda Garza, who had tripled and scored in the fifth, drove a single to right-center field to get it started. Amber Maldonado also singled, ahead of Ybarra’s triple down the right-field line.

“I was only trying to make contact and contribute to the team,” Ybarra said. “It felt amazing when I hit it. I got to first, and once I saw it get through, I smoked it.”

A walk and an error preceded winning pitcher Mary Loera’s RBI double. It was one of six Jefferson doubles in the inning, culminating with a run-scoring bash from Becky Rodriguez for the 14th run.

“They took a toll on us, mentally,” Silva said. “When you have two outs and give up 12 runs, your minds really aren’t in the game.”

Rodriguez also drove in the Mustangs’ first run, in the first inning. Edison matched it in the bottom of the inning on catcher Mari Quinones’ run-scoring double to left-center.

The score was tied 1-1 until the fifth, when Garza scored on an error.

“Amanda was on the varsity last year, but this is her first year starting,” Gomez said. “She played a role last year. She was more of a utility player. Her hitting kept her in the lineup this year, and tonight she showed it again. She did a great job.”

Golden Bears senior pitcher Celeste Vela drove in her team’s last two runs. She supplied a two-out, run-producing single up the middle in the fifth and an RBI double down the right-field line in the seventh.

“(Vela) pitched really well against us,” Gomez said. “She’s a great little pitcher. She kept us off-balance, but my girls kept battling and the hits finally came around for us.”

Edison had shared first place in the district with Brennan last season.

“It was just one of those things,” Gomez said. “We wanted to score first. We wanted to be the team that was in control and put pressure on them. We did it to them, this time.”

Jefferson returned the majority of its team from last year’s playoff team, which won a fourth-place tiebreaker to advance. The Mustangs roster featured 10 seniors, eight of whom started last Thursday.

“We came alive,” Ybarra said. “We wanted it. We were tired of people saying we weren’t good enough. We weren’t going to let them beat us again.”

Ybarra also was a regular on Jefferson’s bi-district volleyball team.

“It’s a great feeling getting to the playoffs in any sport,” she said. “Softball has been so fun playing with all these girls, that makes it even sweeter.”

In the bi-district round, Jefferson will face District 27-4A champion Hays (20-3) in a one-game playoff, 6 p.m. Friday at Villarrreal Field No. 2.

“I told them all season that we hadn’t peaked yet,” Gomez said. “Now, we can peak in the playoffs.”

The Golden Bears seemingly performed an amazing transformation during the district season. They were 2-9 during the non-district portion of their schedule, then won their first three district games before falling to eventual champion Brennan 4-2.

“We play a lot of tough teams in the non-district season,” Silva said, “where a lot of teams play games they’re going to win. That’s for us to get prepared for the playoffs.”

Edison will play Lockhart (15-6) in a three-game series at the Northeast ISD Complex. Games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday, with a 3 p.m. game Saturday, if necessary.

The Golden Bears performed well in a tune-up game Monday, falling 6-4 to a solid TAPPS team, Incarnate Word.

BASEBALL: Brack holds off determined Jefferson

Defense helps Eagles survive pitcher’s duel



Great defensive plays can minimize other sins on the baseball diamond. By definition, a triple play can wipe out a promising inning in the time it takes to sneeze.

For second-place Brackenridge (11-8, 7-2) Tuesday at SAISD Field No. 2, senior pitcher Mario Roldan and the defense behind him atoned for the mistakes made in other categories. Although the Eagles made four errors in the District 28-4A game, but they made enough pickoff plays, force plays and outstanding plays to secure a 2-1 win over pesky Jefferson (5-17, 3-7).

“It’s like the old saying, defense wins games,” first-year Brackenridge coach Mike Garza said. “Our offense was sleeping. We only had three hits. Typically, we average eight or nine a game. Pitching-wise we were able to get outs.”

In fact, both teams had three hits as Brack senior Mario Roldan dueled against Jefferson senior Cesar Carranza. The Mustangs also made defensive stands, turning two inning-ending double plays and getting out of the first inning by eliminating a runner in a rundown.

“We’ve gained a lot of ground from where we were four years ago,” fourth-year Jefferson coach Rey Luna said. “To be honest, I just wanted to be as competitive as we could against them. We’ve struggled in the past to compete with who Brackenridge is and the way they play.

“We wanted to take it one pitch at a time. We wanted to win each pitchand each inning. If we could do that, we knew we had a chance and could keep ourselves in the game.”

The Mustangs impressed the pitcher they faced.

“They played really well,” Roldan said. “They went to the game ready to play baseball.”

Brackenridge scored both of its runs in the first inning, after Roldan picked a runner off first in the top of the inning. Eagles catcher Tristan Cortinas threw out a runner at second base in the next frame.

The Eagles loaded the bases in the first when Brayan Guerrero was safe on an error, Jongregory Gonzales walked and Cortinas deliverd a single. Mario Roldan followed with an RBI single that was misplayed for a two-base error. The error enabled a second run to score.
“It ended up being a 2-1 game,” Roldan said. “I didn’t think it would go that way. I give props to my teammates for making the plays.”

The biggest of them was soon to materialize.

Jefferson’s Weston Redding beat out a slow roller to third for a single. Brackenridge went for the force at second at Dylan Rodriguez’s grounder and both runners were safe. That brought up No. 9 hitter Orlando Rodriguez to bunt.

After the bunt was placed, Roldan saw an opportunity to limit the Mustangs’ scoring opportunities. It worked out better than expected.

“They had runners on first and second, so I was a little bit concerned,” Roldan said. “Then I saw that there was no one on first, so I saw a triple play was possible. It was really great to be able to get out of that inning.”

The Eagles’ triple play, which started with Roldan catching the bunt in the air. He threw to Matt de los Santos at first base, and caught the runner leaning off the bag. De los Santos quickly released a throw to shortstop Bryan Guerrero, who made tag to record the rare feat.

“I’ve never coached a team that turned a triple play before,” Garza said.
Jefferson lost a scoring chance there and left the bases loaded in the fourth, after an error opened the door for a potential big inning.

“Our approach after that was ‘that’s baseball,’ ” Luna said. “We just focused on what we needed to do to stay in the game. We just focused on the next play.”

Carranza set the tone for his teammates, as he often does. He pitched a complete game for Jefferson, giving up just one hit after the first inning.

“He’s our senior,” Luna said. “Cesar has been in the program four years. He’s been in our system the whole time.

“Our team plays better when he’s on the mound. He’s really grown and matured over the years.”

The Mustangs cut Brack’s lead in half in the fifth when a walk to Redding, an error and a bunt from Orlando Rodriguez brought up leadoff hitter Miguel Montoto. Montoto drilled an RBI double, but the potential tying run 
was thrown out at the plate on Guerrero’s relay throw from right fielder Alex Hammerli.

Guerrero, who relieved Roldan over the last two innings, struck out the first two Jefferson batters in the seventh. The third reached base on an error, but was tagged out trying to stretch the benefit of the miscue from one base to two.

It seemed a fitting ending for the Eagles, on a day when their bats weren’t producing the number of runs they’re accustomed to.

“Defensively, we were able to execute when we needed to,” Garza said, “and it really helped. It wasn’t pretty, but we were able to get a win. We were able to stop the bleeding.”

At this stage of the season, in wild-and-crazy 28-4A, any kind of win is valuable. All seven teams in the district have a decent chance to make the playoffs.

“We’ve got Lanier and Highlands coming up,” Garza said. “We’ve got to be able to play tough. We’re hoping to win out, like we did in the first half.”

Even with Jefferson losing its third-consecutive game following a big win over Lanier, the loss only dropped the Mustangs into a three-way tie for fifth with Burbank and Edison. Coincidentally, those are the next two teams Jefferson will play.

“We have opportunities we haven’t had in years past,” Luna said. “We’ve been trying to keep the right perspective.

“If we go into this game (Thursday) against Burbank the way we approached the game against Brack, I think we’ll be fine. Now they’ve seen what it’s like to be competitive for a whole game, not just when things are going our way.”

BASEBALL MID-WEEK REPORT: Walk-off win ends East Central streak

Central Catholic triumphs in rematch with rival Antonian


Burbank, Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Kennedy, Memorial, South San, Southside.

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Tristan Settles was the winning pitcher in Burbank's victory over Edison. He also contributed two hits and three RBIs.
Tristan Settles was the winning pitcher in Burbank’s victory over Edison. He also contributed two hits and three RBIs.

East Central (11-9-2, 1-6) snapped a six-game district losing streak Tuesday with a dramatic victory over South San (11-9, 4-3).

The Hornets made a strong start, but did their best work in the late innings at East Central. The home team scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to send it into extra innings.

The Bobcats took a 5-4 lead in their half of the eighth. East Central snapped its streak with its backs against the wall, responding with two runs for a walkoff win.

Caleb Ybarra was the winning pitcher for the Hornets. East Central finished with nine hits. South San had eight.

Central Catholic 2, Antonian 1

The Buttons (16-11, 6-3) kept Antonian scoreless until the seventh inning Wednesday at Kahlig Park to avenge an earlier loss to the Apaches (25-6, 7-2). The Buttons scored single runs in the third and fourth innings of the TAPPS District 2-5A game.

Central Catholic senior Jonathan Ramirez was the winning pitcher.

Antonian won the first meeting this year 2-1 March 29. Central Catholic won the rematch despite producing just three hits to Antonian’s eight. The Buttons extended their winning streak to three games.

Harlandale 4, Memorial 3

The Indians (10-11, 6-5) needed to score late to overcome a mid-game rally from Memorial (6-16, 3-8) and put some distance between themselves and the Minutemen in the District 29-4A standings Tuesday at the Frank Tejeda Complex.

Harlandale, however, couldn’t separate themselves from Uvalde (9-12-1, 6-5). The Coyotes remained tied for fourth place in the race for the district’s final playoff spot.

Memorial struck for three runs in the third inning. Harlandale whittled away at the lead with runs in the third and fourth innings. The Indians put their finishing touches on the game with a two-run seventh and a walk-off win.

Harlandale left-hander Zach Perez permitted six hits and just one earned run while striking out 11.

Hunter Orozco led the Indians offense with three hits and an RBI. Richard Acosta produced two hits and two RBIs.

Burbank 10, Edison 2

The Bulldogs (6-16-1, 3-7) brought about a three-way tie for fifth place in District 28-4A with a commanding win over Edison (3-16, 3-7) at SAISD Field No. 2. The Golden Bears also share fifth, along with Jefferson (5-17, 3-7).

The teams were tied 1-1 after an inning, but Burbank scored three runs in the second and led thereafter. The Golden Bears cut the lead to 4-2 in the third inning, but the Bulldogs answered with another three-run inning in the fourth and pulled away.

Burbank senior Tristan Settles was the winning pitcher, limiting Edison to six hits and striking out five. Settles also had an (2 hits, double) outstanding day at the plate, driving in three runs.

Jeremy Moreno led the Bulldogs, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI in addition to scoring four runs. Conrad Perez contributed two hits and drove in two runs. Jonathan Alanis added a double.

Kennedy 11, Southside 1 (5 innings)

The Rockets (7-13, 3-8) routed Southside (4-17, 1-10) Tuesday at Kennedy with two huge rallies in a District 29-4A contest.

The teams were tied at the end of the first inning, but Kennedy (6-13, 2-8) scored four runs in the second inning. The Rockets added six runs in the second inning.

Kennedy sophomore ace Fabian Del Toro held the Cardinals to two hits. With the win, Kennedy tied its rival, Memorial, for sixth place.

SOFTBALL MID-WEEK REPORT: Playoff deadline approaching for Highlands, Jefferson

Southwest secures outright 28-5A title; Holy Cross takes third in 3-4A Tourney

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Fourth-year starter Kamerie Vidales was the winning pitcher for Southwest on Senior Night.
Fourth-year starter Kamerie Vidales was the winning pitcher for Southwest on Senior Night.

Holy Cross junior shortstop Marisol Ortega helped the Knights win the 3-4A third-place game.
Holy Cross junior shortstop Marisol Ortega helped the Knights win the 3-4A third-place game.

East Central and  left fielder Angel Lopez claimed a 4-2 win over South San Tuesday.
East Central and left fielder Angel Lopez claimed a 4-2 win over South San Tuesday.

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Holy Cross, Kennedy, Lanier, McCollum, Memorial, South San, Southside, Southwest.

The clock is ticking, as the regular season enters its final 48 hours for Highlands and Jefferson.

Those three teams are the last that still have a chance to qualify for the postseason, but haven’t already. At least one of them will join current qualifiers Brackenridge, East Central, Edison, Holy Cross, McCollum and Southwest as teams that have extended their 2014 seasons.

In District 28-4A, either Highlands (8-12-1, 5-6) or Jefferson (9-11, 5-6) will advance as the fourth-place team. That may not be decided when they return to action Thursday, as their opponents Brackenridge (16-9-1, 8-3) and Edison (10-13, 8-3), respectively, will have something to say about that.

If both Highlands and Jefferson win, or if both lose, there will be a fourth-place tiebreaker to determine the spot. They split their two head-to-head games.

Jefferson moved up to fourth with an 18-5 win over Burbank (3-19-1, 0-11) Thursday at SAISD Field No.1. Meanwhile, on field No. 3, Highlands lost a non-district game 13-1 to Incarnate Word, which didn’t affect the standings.

The Owls have not qualified for the playoffs for about 10 years. Jefferson made the playoffs last year.

“We’re not going to give up,” Jefferson coach Jennifer Gomez said. “We want to make the playoffs again. We’re more determined than ever.

“That’s a big game Thursday. It’s a playoff game by stress, if not a playoff game.”

Brackenridge and Edison also split head-to-head, as a matter of fact. That’s signifcant because the Eagles and Golden Bears found themselves tied for second place in 28-4A after Tuesday’s games.

Edison lost 7-2 to district-champion Brennan (21-3, 12-0) at St. Mary’s University’s softball field. At SAISD Field No. 2, Brackenridge made short work of Lanier (5-17, 1-10), posting a 17-0 win in three innings.

So, four teams will play for play for 28-4A playoff positioning at 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Highlands will face Brackenridge on Villarreal Field No. 1 while Jefferson and Edison square off on adjacent field No. 2.

To make things tougher on the prospective fourth-place finishers to make a successful upset bid, each is classified as a road team, so Edison and Brack will have the last at-bat.

“I’d like to get the win on Thursday,” Jefferson coach Jennifer Gomez said, “so we can get ready for our first playoff game.”

In District 28-5A, an area contender was mathematically eliminated Tuesday night.

South San (10-14-1, 2-7) is tied for fifth in 28-5A with Corpus Christi King (12-20, 2-7). Both are one game behind fourth-place Steele (15-12, 3-6).

Although each of the teams lost Tuesday, South San’s 4-2 loss to East Central (21-6, 6-3) was especially costly.

If the Bobcats are able to upset Corpus Christi Carroll (21-5, 6-3) at home Thursday and Steele loses to district-champion Southwest (25-7, 8-1), South San could finish in a tie for fourth place. However, Steele swept the Bobcats in two district games and would advance because it holds the tie-breaker advantage over South San.

Jefferson 18, Burbank 5

Becky Rodriguez led the Mustangs with a double, a triple and six RBIs Tuesday. Her bases-clearing triple in the seventh invoked the 10-run rule against the stubborn Bulldogs.

“It seemed like every time Becky came up, there was somebody on base,” Gomez said, “and she cleaned them off every time.”

Burbank scored three runs in the first inning, but Jefferson overtook the Bulldogs with six in the bottom of the inning. The Mustangs scored at least three runs in each inning.

The Bulldogs mustered nine hits, while Jefferson manufactured 11.

“They all, pretty much, hit,” Gomez said. “Everyone did their part. Amber Maldonado is such a good leadoff hitter. She does an outstanding job getting on base, and that starts everything for us.”

Southwest 11, Corpus Christi King 2

The Dragons wrapped up their fourth undisputed district championship in six years under Southwest coach Sandy Hernandez, to go with two shared titles.

Senior Kamerie Vidales was the winning pitcher as Southwest, No. 2 in the Express-News area rankings, celebrated Senior Night. A nine-run rally in the third inning undoubtedly helped make the atmosphere even more festive.

The Mustangs had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning. The Dragons, who produced 11 runs from eight hits, also scored twice in the sixth.

Holy Cross 6, Austin Hyde Park Baptist 2

The Knights (24-9-1) claimed the third seed in TAPPS District 3-4A with the tournament victory Tuesday at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross broke a scoreless tie in the third inning of the 3-4A Tournament third-place game and produced the game’s only extended rally in the fourth, scoring four runs. Hyde Park cut the lead to 5-1 in the fifth, but the Knights scored again in the bottom of the inning.

Senior Julia Ibarra was the winning pitcher. Both teams finished with 10 hits.

The TAPPS Tournament is scheduled to begin with the bi-district round April 29.

Medina Valley 2, McCollum 0 (8 innings)

Neither team scored until the district-champion Panthers (29-2, 13-0) manufactured two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday in Castroville.

The second-place Cowboys (15-6, 10-3) did not have a hit against Medina Valley ace Kylee DeCock.

Medina Valley is No. 1 in the Express-News area rankings.

Harlandale 16, Memorial 0 (4 innings)

Sabrina Esparza was the winning pitcher as Harlandale (11-15, 5-8) held Memorial (1-19, 0-13) to no hits Tuesday in its final game at the Frank Tejeda Complex this season.

Sophomore Breanna Heredia hit a home run for the Indians, who moved into fifth by virtue of the win.

East Central 4, South San 2

Hornets senior Taylor Doege helped limit the Bobcats to three hits and Haydi Bugarin hit her fourth home run of the season Tuesday at East Central. With the 28-5A win, the Hornets maintained a share of second place in the district.

East Central, No. 6 in the Express-News poll, scored all of its runs in the first five inings. South San scored twice in the sixth, but couldn’t seriously threaten the Hornets’ lead.

Bobcats freshman pitcher Alyssa Montes held East Central’s potent offense to just six hits.

Brackenridge 17, Lanier 0 (3 innings)

The Eagles rode a two-hit pitching performance from Alexis Berlanga and a 17-hit offensive attack to the 28-4A win on Villarreal Field No. 2.

Brackenridge scored three runs in the first inning, six in the second and eight in the third.

Kennedy 8, Southside 2

The Rockets (6-14, 4-9) scored the first three runs and never looked back Tuesday in a District 29-4A win over Southside (5-20, 2-11) at Tiger Field.

The Cardinals’ cut Kennedy’s lead to 3-1 in the top of the third inning and 4-2 in the fifth. The Rockets broke out with four runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Alexis Ibarra hit a home run for the Rockets. Amy Cerda was the winning pitcher.

BASEBALL: Area rankings (thru April 15)

Through April 15

TOP 15:

1. McCollum

2. Central Catholic

3. Southwest

4. Brackenridge

5. East Central

6. South San

7. Highlands

8. Burbank

9. Harlandale

10. Holy Cross

11. Kennedy

12. Jefferson

13. Memorial

14. Lanier

15. Edison

SOFTBALL: Area rankings (thru April 15)

Through April 15

TOP 15:

1. Southwest

2. East Central

3. Holy Cross

4. McCollum

5. Brackenridge

6. Edison

7. South San

8. Jefferson

9. Highlands

10. Harlandale

11. Kennedy

12. Lanier

13. Providence

14. Southside

15. Burbank

SOFTBALL: Holy Cross falls in 3-4A tourney

Knights will play for third place today

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Holy Cross' Melanie Cortinas holds the ball aloft to show that she maintained possession after tagging out a runner at third base.
Holy Cross’ Melanie Cortinas holds the ball aloft to show that she maintained possession after tagging out a runner at third base.

Holy Cross junior shortstop Marisol Ortega fires a throw across the infield.
Holy Cross junior shortstop Marisol Ortega fires a throw across the infield.

Holy Cross second baseman Erin Torralva applies the tag to an Incarnate Word baserunner after receiving a strong throw from center fielder Omni Garcia.
Holy Cross second baseman Erin Torralva applies the tag to an Incarnate Word baserunner after receiving a strong throw from center fielder Omni Garcia.


Knights third baseman Melanie Cortinas cradles a foul popup.
Knights third baseman Melanie Cortinas cradles a foul popup.

Knights senior pitcher Julia Ibarra beats the throw and arrives safely at second base.
Knights senior pitcher Julia Ibarra beats the throw and arrives safely at second base.

Holy Cross a little setback Saturday in the TAPPS 3-4A Tournament, but the Knights’ postseason hopes and dreams remain alive.

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word defeated the Knights (23-9-1) 6-2 at Holy Cross in the tournament semifinals. The tournament determines seeding for the TAPPS state tournament, which begins with bi-district play on April 29.

“It was a great experience,” Holy Cross coach Angel Cedillo said, “and we can still get to where we want to get to. Like I told the girls, ‘If you want to get to the show, you’ve got to prove it.’

“I know they’ll continue to work hard. I’ve got all the faith in the world in these girls. I think they’ll make a good run. We’ve just got to get back to work.”

Holy Cross will play Austin Hyde Park Baptist at 5 p.m. today in the third-place game.

The Knights tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning against Incarnate Word. Cleanup hitter Kat Rangel drove in the run.

Generally, though, Holy Cross didn’t get its usual share of timely hits.

“They did a good job against us,” Cedillo said. “Their pitcher was a finesse pitcher, and our girls were a little anxious. That pitcher gave them the toughest time. Against a fastball pitcher, they’re really competitive.”

Incarnate Word took the lead with two runs in the second inning. After the Knights cut the lead to 3-2 in the third, the Angels struck for three runs in the fifth, starting the rally with an extra-base hit.

“We left the bases loaded in the third or fourth inning,” Cedillo said. “I think that was our best hope.”

Both teams actually finished with nine hits. Holy Cross commited three errors.

“We didn’t hit the ball well,” Cedillo said. “Our best hitter was 0-for-4 and our second-best hitter was 1-for-4. When those kids aren’t hitting, that sets the stage. They outplayed us and we didn’t hit the ball when we needed to.”


SOFTBALL: This week’s results (thru April 17)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 13-19

Monday’s games

District 28-3A

TAPPS District 2-5A

Antonian (23-7, 5-1) 10, St. Anthony (9-10-1 ???, 2-3 ???) 4 


Tuesday’s games

District 28-5A

Southwest (25-7, 8-1) 11, Corpus Christi King (12-20, 2-7) 2

East Central (21-6, 6-3), 4, South San (10-14-1, 2-7) 2

Corpus Christi Carroll (21-5 ???, 6-3) 4, Steele (15-12, 3-6) 0

District 28-4A

Brennan (21-3, 12-0) 7, Edison (10-13, 8-3) 2

Brackenridge (16-9-1, 8-3) 17, Lanier (5-17, 1-10) 0 (3 innings)

Jefferson (9-11, 5-6) 18, Burbank (3-19-1, 0-11) 5 (5 innings)

District 29-4A

Uvalde (16-11, 9-4) 4, Floresville (15-12 ???, 9-4) 3 (8 innings) 

Medina Valley (29-2, 13-0) 2, McCollum (15-6, 10-3) 0 (8 innings) 

Kennedy (6-14 ???, 4-9) 8, Southside (5-20, 2-11) 2

Harlandale (11-15-1, 5-8) 16, Memorial (1-19 ???, 0-13 ???) 0 (4 innings)

District 28-3A

Somerset (18-6 ???, 6-2 ???) 10, Pleasanton (17-8 ???, 5-4) 4

Hawkins (0-7 ???, 0-5 ??) vs. Poteet (4-9 ???, 2-6), time and location TBA (score unavailable)

Sam Houston (1-14 ???, 1-5 ???) at La Vernia (17-11 ???, 8-0 ???), 6 p.m. (score unavailable)

TAPPS District 3-4A Tournament

Third place

Holy Cross (24-9-1) 6, Austin Hyde Park Baptist (12-4-1 ???) 2


Victoria St. Joseph (11-6 ???) 3, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (5-6 ???) 0


Incarnate Word (17-21) 13, Highlands (8-12-1) 1 (5 innings)


Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

East Central (22-6, 7-3) 8, Corpus Christi King (12-21, 2-8) 4

Corpus Christi Carroll (22-5 ???, 7-3) 13, South San (10-15-1, 2-8) 0 (5 innings)

Steele (16-12, 4-6) 4, Southwest (25-8, 8-2) 1

District 28-4A

Brackenridge (17-9-1, 9-3) 10, Highlands (8-13-1, 5-7) 0 (6 innings)

Jefferson (10-11, 6-6) 14, Edison (10-14, 8-4) 3

Lanier (6-17, 2-10) 17, Burbank (3-20-1, 0-12) 6 (5 innings)

District 29-4A

Harlandale (12-15-1, 6-8) 17, Southside (5-21, 2-12) 0 (5 innings)

Kennedy (6-14 ???, 4-9) vs. McCollum (15-6, 10-3) at Tejeda Complex, 6:30 p.m. (postponed to Friday, April 18)

Medina Valley (30-2, 14-0) 11, Floresville (15-13 ???, 9-5) 1

Uvalde (16-11, 9-4) vs. Memorial (1-19 ???, 0-13) at Tiger Field, 6:30 p.m.  (postponed to Friday, April 18)

District 28-3A

Poteet (5-9 ???, 3-6) 23, Sam Houston (1-15 ???, 1-6 ???) 3 (4 innings)

Pleasanton (18-8 ???, 6-4) 16, Hawkins (0-9 ???, 0-7 ??) 1 (4 innings)

La Vernia (17-11 ???, 8-0 ???) at Somerset (20-6 ???, 6-2 ???), 7 p.m. (score unavailable)


Friday’s games

District 29-4A

McCollum (16-6, 11-3) 7, Kennedy (6-15 ???, 4-10) 0

Uvalde (17-11, 10-4) 17, Memorial (1-20 ???, 0-14) 1 (3 innings)

BASEBALL: This week’s results (thru April 17)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 13-19

Monday’s games

District 28-3A

Somerset (13-8-1, 3-2 ???) at Pleasanton (15-7, 5-1), 7 p.m. (postponed to Tuesday, April 15)

TAPPS District 3-4A

San Antonio Christian (4-7-2 ???, 1-3 ???) 6, Holy Cross (6-17, 1-7) 1 

TMI (17-13, 3-4) 10, Cornerstone Christian (3-6, 1-1) 0


Tuesday’s games

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi Carroll (22-3, 7-0) 14, Corpus Christi King (11-6, 4-3) 1 (5 innings)

East Central (11-9-2, 1-6) 6, Southwest (11-9-1, 4-3) 5 (8 innings)

Steele (12-12, 2-5) 12, South San (13-10, 3-4) 1 (6 innings)

District 28-4A

Burbank (6-16-1, 3-7) 10, Edison (3-16, 3-7) 2

Brackenridge (12-8, 8-2) 2, Jefferson (5-16, 3-7) 1

Brennan (17-6-1, 10-1) 12, Highlands (10-12, 5-6) 2 (6 innings)

District 29-4A

Uvalde (9-12-1, 6-5) 11, Floresville (13-8, 7-4) 9

Medina Valley (18-5-1, 10-1) 5, McCollum (17-5, 8-3) 1

Harlandale (10-11, 6-5) 4, Memorial (6-15, 3-8) 3

Kennedy (7-13, 3-8) 11, Southside (4-17, 1-10) 1 (5 innings)

District 28-3A

La Vernia (19-4, 6-0) 12, Sam Houston (1-16 ???, 0-7) 0 (5 innings)

Pleasanton (16-7, 6-1) 2, Somerset (13-9-1, 3-3 ???) 0

TAPPS District 3-4A

Austin Regents (17-9, 7-1 ???) 8, Austin St. Dominic Savio (16-5-1 ???, 3-2 ???) 0

Victoria St. Joseph (11-10 ???, 6-1 ???) 2, TMI (17-14, 3-5) 0


Wednesday’s games

TAPPS District 2-5A

Central Catholic (16-11, 6-3) 2, Antonian (24-6, 6-2) 1


Thursday’s games

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King (12-6, 5-3) 3, South San (13-11, 3-50

Corpus Christi Carroll (23-3, 8-0) 11, Southwest (11-9-1, 4-4) 0 (6 innings)

Steele (13-12, 3-5) 19, East Central (11-10-2, 1-7) 6 (6 innings)

District 28-4A

Burbank (7-16-1, 4-7) 8, Jefferson (5-17, 3-8) 2

Brennan (18-6-1, 11-1) 10, Edison (3-17, 3-8) 0 (5 innings)

Brackenridge (13-8, 9-2) 12, Lanier (7-14, 4-7) 0 (5 innings)

District 29-4A

Harlandale (11-11, 7-5) 7, Southside (4-18, 1-11) 1

Kennedy (7-13, 3-8) vs. McCollum (21-5, 8-3) at Tejeda Complex, 6:30 p.m. (postponed to Friday, April 18)

Medina Valley (19-5-1, 11-1) 14, Floresville (13-9, 7-5) 5

Uvalde (9-12-1, 6-5)  vs. Memorial (6-15, 3-8) at Edgewood Field, 6:30 p.m. (postponed to Friday, April 18)

District 28-3A

Poteet (6-16, 1-5) 12, Sam Houston (1-15 ???, 0-6) 0 (5 innings)

La Vernia (20-4, 7-0) 14,  Somerset (13-11-1 ???, 3-5 ???) 9


Antonian (24-6) vs. Highlands (10-12) at SAISD Field No. 2, 7 p.m. (score unavailable)


Friday’s games

District 29-4A

McCollum (18-4, 9-3) 2, Kennedy (6-14, 3-9) 1 (8 innings)

Uvalde (10-12, 7-5) 11, Memorial (6-17, 3-9) 1

BASEBALL: Red-hot Southwest subdues South San

 Dragons get big hits while Bobcats struggle to score


Friday was Senior Night at Southwest, but it was the Dragons’ younger players who stole the show.

From sophomore Juan Carlos Hernandez’s first-inning home run to junior Daniel Garcia’s bases-clearing triple to junior Joseph Cerda’s steady pitching throughout, the veritable children led Southwest (11-8-1, 4-2) to the 7-2 District 28-5A win over South San (13-9, 3-3). The seniors, though, made their own subtle contributions to the victory, which gave Southwest a leg up in the race for second place in the district.

“We were on and off the whole first round,” Southwest coach John Velasquez said. “Even though we lost to (South San), we didn’t play that badly. (In the second round), different people have been stepping up all the time. You can’t point to just one guy.”

Hernandez stood out, though, depositing a booming opposite-field drive behind the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead. He finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

“I just saw that he put it right down the middle,” Hernandez said. “I had to take it oppo. I had to take one for the team. (The wind) probably helped me out.”

Cerda kept South San in check until the top of the sixth, permitting just two hits. That’s when Tony Hernandez drove in the Bobcats’ first run with a ground out. That came immediately after Garcia relieved Cerda with the bases loaded.

South San mustered one more run when senior John Gamez singled and scored in the seventh. The Bobcats lost their third-straight game.

“For a while, we were winning big games,” South San coach Robert Zamora said. “Now, we’re losing big games. This is a team game, but when one individual doesn’t make a play or get a hit with guys on base, it’s difficult to get it done.”

Southwest bolstered its lead to 4-0 in the fourth with a rally that began when Hernandez and senior Durann Patino drew walks and Cerda laid down a bunt single. The Dragons effectively put the game away with three more runs in the fifth as Hernandez produced the only hit.

The Dragons won their third-consecutive game. Southwest is tied for second place with Corpus Christi King (11-5, 4-2) , while South San fell to fourth.

“I wanted to get the win for our seniors,” Garcia said, “and especially for Cerda.”




SOFTBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Three area teams nail down playoff appearances

 Brackenridge, Edison qualify with 28-4A wins; East Central downs Steele to extend playoff streak

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, South San.


Brackenridge, East Central and Edison all paved their way to the playoffs with wins Friday night.

East Central (20-6, 5-3) bounced back from a loss to Southwest Tuesday to defeat Steele (14-11, 3-5) 3-1 in Cibolo in a District 28-5A game. In 28-4A, second-place Edison (10-12, 8-2) stomped Burbank (3-17-1, 0-9) 25-4 and third-place Brackenridge (15-9-1, 7-3) defeated Jefferson (8-11, 4-6) 8-2.

Jefferson fell one-half game behind fourth-place Highlands (8-11-1, 5-6) in the battle for the final playoff spot in District 28-4A. One of those teams is assured of a playoff spot, although it may be determined by a fourth-place tiebreaker game.

The area’s other potential qualifier could come from District 28-5A, where South San (10-13-1, 2-6) dropped into a fifth-place tie Friday with a heart-breaking 4-2 loss to Corpus Christi King (12-18, 2-6) in Corpus Christi.

East Central’s win tied it with Corpus Christi Carroll (20-5, 5-3) for second place. Carroll lost 8-4 to Southwest, which clinched at least a tie for the district championship.

The Hornets broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the fifth inning. East Central also produced an insurance run in the seventh.

East Central outhit Steele 6-5. No individual statistics were available for the Hornets.

Edison 25, Burbank 6 (4 innings)

The second-place Golden Bears poured it on late as they clinched a playoff appearance with a District 28-4A win over Burbank Friday at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 1.

Edison scored six runs in the first inning and took an 8-run advantage into the bottom of the second. Burbank produced a five-run rally in its half of the second and closed within two runs in the third, after holding the Golden Bears scoreless in the top of the inning.

The Golden Bears erupted for 17 runs in the fourth inning to invoke the 10-run rule. Winning pitcher Celeste Vela allowed just four hits.

Brackenridge 8, Jefferson 2

The third-place Eagles took a commanding lead in the early innings of the District 28-4A game and responded when fifth-place Jefferson put up a fight Friday at Villarreal Field No. 2.

Brackenridge claimed a 4-0 lead through the first four innings. The Mustangs, who also have a high-scoring offense, cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth. Brack answered the two-run rally with four of its own to win its third-consecutive game.

Junior Alexis Berlanga was the winning pitcher for the Eagles, limiting the Mustangs to six hits.

Harlandale 13, Kennedy 11 (9 innings)

Both teams are eliminated for the playoffs, but they’re still battling for fifth place in District 29-4A. They’re battling hard, as evidenced Friday at Tiger Field.

The Indians (10-15, 4-8) prevailed over host Kennedy (5-14, 3-9) with four runs in the top of the ninth inning. Kennedy made a strong comeback, scoring twice in their half of the inning before absorbing the tough loss.

Harlandale struck first, taking the lead with a three-run first inning. Kennedy scored its first run in the third inning and built a 9-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Harlandale scored two runs in each of the next three innings to send the game into extra innings.

Neither team scored in the eighth.

Sophomore Breanna Heredia hit a home run for Harlandale, which moved into fifth by virtue of the win. The Indians finished with 16 hits and the Rockets compiled 15.

McCollum 8, Uvalde 3

In a matchup of teams that have already qualified for the postseason, the second-place Cowboys (15-5, 10-2) turned the tables on a Uvalde team (15-11, 8-4) capable of putting up big innings.

McCollum scored five runs in the first two innings of the District 29-4A and junior pitcher Kim Abundis kept the Lobos from mounting a threat. Brianna Kinnard and Valerie Lopez both hit home runs for the Cowboys, who had 12 hits.

The Lobos, whom Abundis held to five hits, didn’t score until the fourth. McCollum put up three runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 8-1. Uvalde scored twice in the seventh.


SOFTBALL: Dragons clinch share of 28-5A title

Southwest nets comeback win over Carroll


For the sixth-consecutive year, Southwest will either win its district title outright or share it.

The Dragons (24-7, 7-1) are guaranteed of finishing first in District 28-5A after defeating third-place Corpus Christi Carroll (20-5, 5-3) Friday in Corpus Christi. The win put Southwest two games ahead of second-place East Central (20-6, 5-3) with two games remaining.

Carroll led during the early stages.

The Tigers scored the game’s first two runs, in the first and third innings while freshman pitcher Hannah Mayo kept the Dragons’ bats largely silent. That changed in the fourth, when Southwest pushed three runs across. It scored in each of the last four innings to seal the victory.

“We didn’t hit very well (early),” Southwest coach Sandy Hernandez said. “The first nine (in the order) went through and didn’t score a run.

“She kept getting us on her changeup pitch. Finally, Kamerie (Vidales) kept her hands back and hit one really hard. After that, they took her lead and they all started hitting that pitch.”

Southwest produced two-run rallies in both the fifth and seventh innings. The latter came from a two-run home run by sophomore Caitlin Terrazas.

“She kind of pushed the air out of Carroll,” Hernandez said. “After that, they were pretty much done.”

Terrazas also was the winning pitcher, limiting the Tigers to four hits. Southwest finished with 11 hits.

“Four hits against a team like that is a great accomplishment for a young pitcher,” Hernandez said. “Caitlin has really stepped up and pitched well. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

The Dragons can clinch an outright title Tuesday when they play host to Corpus Christi King (12-18, 2-6). Southwest is slated to finish its 28-5A schedule Thursday at Steele (14-11, 3-5).


BASEBALL WEEKEND REPORT: Brack is area’s first playoff qualifier

Central Catholic upends rival St. Michael’s

TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Central Catholic, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Kennedy, Lanier.


Brackenridge became the first area team to qualify for the postseason Friday. The second-place Eagles (11-8, 7-2) defeated Edison 12-5 Friday in District 28-4A game at SAISD Field No. 2.

Edison (3-15, 3-6) struck first, with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Brack took the lead for good with a three-run second. The Eagles added two runs in the third and the Golden Bears cut the lead back to 5-4 in the bottom of the inning. Brackenridge put the game out of reach by scoring the next five runs.

Senior Jongregory Gonzales led Brackenridge with two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs. Tristen Cortinas produced a team-high three hits and an RBI. Mario Roldan also finished with two hits.

Brayan Guerrero (triple, RBI) and winning pitcher Robert Rangel each scored three runs. As a pitcher, Rangel allowed two earned runs and struck out six.

Edison individual statistics were unavailable. The Golden Bears are tied for fifth place in 28-4A with Jefferson (5-16, 3-6).

Central Catholic 9, Austin St. Michael’s 4

The Buttons (15-11, 5-3) took an early lead and pulled away late Saturday for a TAPPS District 2-5A win over rival Austin St, Michael’s (18-8-2, 6-3) in Austin.

Central Catholic scored four runs in the first two innings. The Crusaders tied it in the fourth, but the Buttons responded with three runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the seventh.

Senior Jonathan Ramirez was the winning pitcher for Central Catholic. The Buttons outhit St. Michael’s 10-3.

Harlandale 8, Kennedy 0

Senior left-hander Zach Perez pitched a seven-hit shutout, leading the Indians (9-11, 5-5) to a District 29-4A win over Kennedy (6-13, 2-8) Friday at Kennedy.

Perez pitched a complete-game, walking none and striking out six.

Harlandale sophomore Ramzey Martinez delivered two hits and two RBIs. Hunter Orozco and Robert Palomino also drove in runs.

The Indians scored six runs in the first three innings. Both teams finished with seven hits.

Highlands 6, Lanier 4

The third-place Owls (10-11, 5-5) launched an impressive comeback to win the District 28-4A game against fourth-place Lanier (7-13, 4-6) Friday at SAISD Field No. 1.

The Voks tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the second, took a 3-1 lead in the fourth and extended it to three runs in the fifth. Highlands took control with a five-run outburst in the sixth.

Justin Sanchez was the winning pitcher for Highlands. Lanier finished with seven hits while the Owls had six.


SOFTBALL: Area playoff picture (final)

Softball playoff picture

These are the area teams that have a chance to qualify for the playoffs (in alphabetical order):


QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (17-9-1, 9-3), East Central (22-6, 7-3), Edison (10-14, 8-4), Holy Cross (24-9-1, 7-1), Jefferson (10-11, 6-6), McCollum (16-6, 11-3), Southwest (25-8, 8-2).

BASEBALL: Area playoff picture (thru April 17)

Baseball playoff picture

These are the area teams that have a chance to qualify for the playoffs (in alphabetical order):

Through April 17

ALREADY QUALIFIED:  Brackenridge (13-8, 9-2), Highlands (10-11, 5-6).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Central Catholic (16-11, 6-3), McCollum (22-5, 9-3), Southwest (11-9-1, 4-4).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Burbank (7-16-1, 4-7), Harlandale (11-11, 7-5), Lanier (7-14, 4-7), South San (13-11, 3-5).