BOYS BASKETBALL WEEKLY REPORT: Three area teams make strong showings in Boerne

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Central Catholic, East Central, Edison, Highlands, Holy Cross, Lanier, Memorial, Sam Houston.

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The Boerne ISD Tournament is recognized as one of the best around San Antonio, but that didn’t deter three area teams.

In a matchup of two of the area’s best teams, Central Catholic (19-5) defeated East Central (15-5) 52-48 Dec. 29, but the biggest game in the two-day tournament featured another area team. Holy Cross (21-6) beat Boerne Champion (16-4) 75-69 in overtime later in the day.

Central Catholic was undefeated in four tournament games. East Central’s only loss was to Central Catholic. Holy Cross lost only to Wimberley 84-76 in overtime Dec. 29.

Against Champion, Holy Cross outscored the Chargers 13-6 in overtime. The Knights received 35 points from senior Brandon Armstrong. Joe Soto contributed 17 points and Jonathan Bailey scored 11.

Central Catholic, which also defeated Churchill 57-48 Jan. 2, led East Central 29-20 at halftime and withstood a second-half comeback for the win. Senior Robert Elizondo led the Buttons with 15 points. Raul Aguilar and Noah Salinas scored nine apiece. Antonio Rascoe had eight points.

East Central junior K’Von Rice produced a team-best 11 points. Senior Ethan White scored 10.

Central Catholic and Holy Cross won their games Jan. 2.

Holy Cross (4-0 in district) won 72-61 at TMI (9-18, 2-2) to remain undefeated in TAPPS District 4-4A. Armstrong led the Knights with 28 points. Soto scored 16, Bailey 11 and Jason Fernandez 10. LeSean Brown led the Panthers with 36 points.

Central Catholic recorded an impressive home victory 57-48 over Churchill. Elizondo finished with a team-high 21 points. Aguilar supplied 13 points and Rascoe had 11.

Lanier 58, Edison 54 (OT)

The fourth-place Voks (10-11, 3-2) held off a rapidly improving Edison team (4-13, 2-2) for an overtime District 28-5A win Jan. 2 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Lanier trailed 21-20 at halftime, but outscored the Golden Bears 9-5 in overtime for the win. Voks junior center Isaiah Vargas scored 11 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots. Jerry Samudio added 10 points. Brian Laque (6 assists) and Jesus Quintero scored nine points each.

Despite the loss, the Golden Bears occupied fifth place on the strength of wins over Highlands and Harlandale in their first two 28-5A games. Against Lainer, Eddie Esquivel and Antonio Vela each scored 13 points for Edison. Jordan Lopez finished with nine points.

Memorial 56, Floresville 53

The Minutemen (7-9, 2-2) built a 44-34 lead through three quarters and held on to win the District 29-5A game Jan. 2 at Floresville (5-13, 1-4).

Senior Adam Villanueva led the Minutemen with 15 points. Carlos Balderas scored 13 and Josh Pitts chipped in 11.

Sam Houston 75, Highlands 53

The Hurricanes (8-7, 4-1) blasted Highlands (4-14, 0-4) in a District 28-5A game Jan. 2 at the Alamo Convocation Center.

Senior Robert Christian led Sam Houston with 21 points. Henry Carter contributed 11 points and Raymonte Prime added nine.

Highlands was led by senior Gerardo Marquez with 30 points. Lawrence Frambs scored nine.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Fox Tech building confidence for another run at postseason

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Fox Tech.

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The benefit of playing better teams is that they’ll let you know what your team needs to improve on.

Navarro (12-2) was willing to show Fox Tech (9-12) what it needed to concentrate on in practice when they played a non-district game Dec. 21. The dilemma was that UIL regulations didn’t allow the Buffaloes to practice following the 66-40 loss.

The game was played just before UIL rules mandated a five-day non-contact period, during which teams could neither play games nor practice.

“We’re young, but we’re playing really well,” seventh-year Fox Tech coach Kellen Morgan said. “That Navarro team is just good. They’ve beaten everybody in our district. I told our kids we had a chance to see how we stack up against the best teams in our district.”

The Buffaloes return just three players from their 2014-15 team which tied for fourth place in District 26-3A, but lost a tiebreaker game that would have qualified Fox Tech for the postseason for the first time since 2010. Morgan thinks his team could be capable of taking that additional step this season with eight upperclassmen on the roster.

Fox Tech showed its best prolonged display of its potential at the Lee Academy Tournament Dec. 11-12.

“We played really, really well,” Morgan said. “The guys grew up and got their confidence up. They came out flat today.”

Against Navarro, Fox Tech wasn’t able to get off to the kind of start that propelled it to a 55-49 upset win over Southside (3-9) in its previous game, Dec. 15. In that contest, the Buffaloes scored the first 14 points and fended off the Cardinals in the fourth quarter.

Navarro jumped out to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter, making four 3-point shots (two by Isaiha Grant).

“Our defense gave them a little difficulty,” Panthers coach Jim Weaver said. “We got up on them right away and we were able to keep the tempo up.”

The Panthers had advantages in size, strength and experience. They opened a 37-8 lead with 2:20 until halftime. Junior returnee Roger McCracken (14 points) drove for a couple of baskets and Cesar Perez scored off a drive to bring Fox Tech within 43-14 at halftime.

A basket from Fox Tech sophomore Angel Gonzalez (15 points) and a three-point shot from senior Mikin Bhakta accounted for the first five points of the second half. Three-pointers from Bhakta and McCracken kept the Panthers’ lead from growing in the fourth quarter. Gonzalez knocked down a layup off an inbounds pass from McCracken to make it 62-38 with 2:07 left.

“I was proud of the effort in the second half,” Morgan said. “Everybody pulled their weight. It could have been an 80-30 game if we hadn’t done that. We’ll keep working and getting better.”

BOYS BASKETBALL: East Central upsets Region IV champion Timberwolves

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: East Central.

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East Central (12-4) notched the biggest victory of Christmas week and arguably the area’s biggest win this season, felling defending Region IV champion Cedar Park 84-75 Dec. 22 at East Central.

The Hornets dominated the opening quarter, building a 28-14 lead and maintained a 16-point advantage on the Timberwolves at halftime.

“Rashard Smith made four 3-pointers in the first half,” East Central coach Jeff Sweet said of Cedar Park. “The way we shared and shot the ball, we were hard to defend.”

6-foot-5 major-college recruit Keaton Hervey set a Cedar Park school record with 44 points in the loss. East Central, though, never surrendered the lead, despite seeing it dwindle to 74-69 on a free throw from Hervey with 3:17 remaining. Hornets senior guard Ethan White responded with a fast-break layup that became a three-point play.

White (24 points) added two more free throws with 58.9 seconds remaining to give East Central a 79-69 lead. The senior made eight of 12 foul shots in the game and corralled six rebounds.

“When it got a little tough,” Sweet said, “he was able to step his game up and score.”

Smith finished with 13 points, including the four 3-pointers. Tony Moffett and Marquez Hamilton (4 steals) scored 11 points each. K’Von Rice had a team-high five assists and three steals.

The Cedar Park win joined victories over Johnson, Brennan, Reagan and O’Connor as the Hornets continued to build an impressive resume.

“I’d like to see these guys get some recognition,” Sweet said, “as one of the better teams in the city.”

FOOTBALL: Area rankings (thru Oct. 31)

Through October 31

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. Sam Houston – 1

2. Central Catholic – 3

3. Highlands – 4

4. Holy Cross – 2

5. East Central – 5

6. Harlandale – 6

7. McCollum – 7

8. Edison – 11

9. Brackenridge – 9

10. Southwest – 10

11. Jefferson – 12

12. Southside – 8

13. South San – 13

14. Burbank – 14

15. Lanier – 15

 

NR = not ranked

SOFTBALL: Area playoff results (thru May 16)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of May 14-16

Thursday’s games

CLASS 6A

Region IV quarterfinals

New Braunfels Canyon (27-14) 3, Southwest (24-11) 1 (best-of-3 series: Canyon leads 1-0)

Saturday’s games

CLASS 6A

Region IV quarterfinals

New Braunfels Canyon (28-14) 10, Southwest (24-12) 1 (best-of-3 series: Canyon wins series 2-0)

BASEBALL: Post-game quotes from Burbank-Kerrville Tivy Game 1

BURBANK-KERRVILLE TIVY, bi-district baseball Game 1 post-game comments

>Burbank shortstop-pitcher ARTURO MARTINEZ, who drove in two runs with a first-inning single and earned the save:

On whether Burbank’s experience came into play in the 8-6 win:
“We’ve been going to the playoffs for four years. We were a little nervous at first. But I knew my teammates had my back. We came through tonight. We need to come through tomorrow, too.”

On what he threw, while retiring the last two batters for the save:
“I threw fastballs mostly and, just to get them off-balance, I threw the curve or the two-seam fastball. I’ve been in that situation many times.”

On Burbank’s first seven batters in the game getting on base, six with hits:
“We’ve been working on our hitting a lot. We’ve been working on it in school (during baseball class) and after school at practice.”

On winning Game 1 in the series:

“It’s a great feeling. It gives us more confidence (for tomorrow).”

>Burbank coach ROMEO BARRERA on what Bulldogs’ first playoff win since 2011 means for Friday’s games in Kerrville. Burbank is scheduled for games at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (if necessary):

“Arturo and Conrad are both four-year starters, so they know what it’s like. Conrad getting into the seventh and Arturo not having to throw that many pitches, that’s going to help.”

“We could start Arturo tomorrow, or we could start Jonathan Martinez, who’s thrown back-to-back no-hitters recently (against Edison April 23 and Lanier May 1). Jonathan and Arturo have both been throwing well. I’m going to sleep on it.
“It’s a nice position to be in.”

On the ability of Arturo Martinez and Conrad Perez, both 4th-year varsity players, to close ballgames and complement each other:
“I was telling coach Shuck, who’s in his first year as our pitching coach, that I’ve never had more than 2 saves in any year. This year was our fifth save of the year.
If Conrad starts, Arturo can finish and if Arturo starts, Conrad can finish. It’s good to know we can count on both of those guys. I told Conrad that I wouldn’t take him out unless I knew he could still get the win.

On senior pitcher Conrad Perez, stranding runners at third base in each of the first three innings before finally giving up a run in the fourth. Through the first 5 innings, Perez allowed 4 hits and 1 run.

“He’s done that before. Against McCollum in a 1-0 (loss), he left quite a few stranded at third. Conrad can pitch through that pressure. I’m really happy and pleased he did that well tonight.”

Asked about Burbank’s first inning, in which the first five batters scored and the first seven reached base, Barrera thought another inning was more important.
In the first, Jonathan Martinez sparked the rally with a leadoff double. Jeremy Moreno, Arturo Martinez (2 RBI) and Brandon Garcia all drove in runs on consecutive at-bats. Giovanni Jimenez brought in the fifth run with a ground out.

“In that first inning, we came out there and (took control). Then we got a big inning in the bottom of the sixth. Those two runs were the difference. (Pinch-hitter) Humberto Lopez came in on his first at-bat and got a really big hit. Then we scored on a wild pitch.”

BASEBALL: Area rankings (final)

Final

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. East Central – 3

2. McCollum – 2

3. Southwest – 1

4. Burbank – 4

5. Central Catholic – 5

6. Holy Cross – 6

7. Harlandale – 7

8. Highlands – 8

9. Brackenridge – 9

10. Sam Houston – 10

11. South San – 13

12. Kennedy – 11

13. Jefferson – 12

14. Edison – 15

15. Southside – NR

 

NR = not ranked

 

BASEBALL: Area playoff results (thru May 9)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of May 7-9

Thursday’s games

CLASS 6A

BI-district round

East Central (15-8) 3, O’Connor (19-1-1) 0  (best-of-3 series: East Central leads 1-0)

 

CLASS 5A

BI-district round

Burbank (16-7) 8, Kerrville Tivy (14-11)  (best-of-3 series: Burbank leads 1-0)

Alamo Heights (23-3) 13, Harlandale (14-8-1) 1 (5 innings) (best-of-3 series: Alamo Heights leads 1-0)

San Marcos (19-7) 4, McCollum (17-6) 3 (10 innings) (best-of-3 series: San Marcos leads 1-0)

 

Friday’s games

CLASS 6A

BI-district round

East Central (15-8) vs. O’Connor (19-1-1) (ppd., rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday) (best-of-3 series: East Central leads 1-0) Game 2

CLASS 5A

BI-district round

Kerrville Tivy (15-11) 1, Burbank (16-8) 0 (best-of-3 series: series tied 1-1)

Kerrville Tivy (16-11) 8, Burbank (16-9) 1 (best-of-3 series: Kerrville Tivy wins series 2-1)

Alamo Heights (24-3) 2, Harlandale (14-9-1) 1 (best-of-3 series: Alamo Heights wins series 2-0)

Boerne Champion (21-3-1) 11, Highlands (13-8-1) 0 (best-of-3 series: Boerne Champion leads 1-0)

Boerne Champion (22-3-1) 14, Highlands (13-9-1) 2 (best-of-3 series: Boerne Champion wins series 2-0)

San Marcos (20-7) 10, McCollum (17-7)  (best-of-3 series: San Marcos wins series 2-0)

Saturday’s games

CLASS 6A

BI-district round

O’Connor (20-1-1) 5, East Central (15-9) 1 (best-of-3 series: series tied 1-1)

O’Connor (21-1-1) 7, East Central (15-10) 1 (best-of-3 series: O’Connor wins series 2-1)

BASEBALL: Area playoff pairings (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of May 7-9

CLASS 6A

BI-district round

East Central (14-8) vs. O’Connor (19-0-1): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 7:30 p.m., Thursday at Wolff Stadium. Game 2: 8 p.m., Friday at SAISD Field No. 1Game 3 (if necessary): 2 p.m., Saturday at SAISD Field No. 1.

 

CLASS 5A

BI-district round

Burbank (15-7) vs. Kerrville Tivy (14-10): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 7 p.m., Thursday at SAISD Field No. 1Game 2: 5 p.m., Friday at Kerrville TivyGame 3 (if necessary): 7:30 p.m., Friday at Kerrville Tivy.

Harlandale (14-7-1) vs. Alamo Heights (22-3): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 7 p.m., Thursday at Tejeda ComplexGame 2: 7 p.m., Friday at Alamo HeightsGame 3 (if necessary): noon, Saturday at Alamo Heights.

Highlands (13-7-1) vs. Boerne Champion (20-3-1): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 5 p.m., Friday at SAISD Field No. 1Game 2: 11 a.m., Saturday at Boerne ChampionGame 3 (if necessary): 1:30 p.m., Saturday at Boerne Champion.

McCollum (17-5) vs. San Marcos (18-7): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 7 p.m., Thursday at San Marcos; Game 2: 7 p.m., Friday at Tejeda Complex; Game 3 (if necessary): 2 p.m., Saturday, at Tejeda Complex.

SOFTBALL: Area playoff results (thru May 9)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of May 7-9

Thursday’s games

CLASS 6A

Area round

Southwest (23-9) 2, Johnson (20-8) 1  (best-of-3 series: Southwest leads 1-0)

TAPPS CLASS 4A

State quarterfinals

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (16-11) 8, Holy Cross (13-14-2) (Corpus Christi Incarnate Word advances)

Friday’s games

CLASS 6A

Area round

Johnson (21-8) 6, Southwest (23-10) 1 (best-of-3 series: series tied 1-1)

CLASS 5A

Area round

Vista Ridge (23-1) 10, McCollum (26-5) 0 (5 innings). (best-of-3 series: Vista Ridge leads 1-0)

 

Saturday’s games

CLASS 6A

Area round

Southwest (24-10) 15, Johnson (21-9) 4 (6 innings) (best-of-3 series: Southwest wins series 2-1)

CLASS 5A

Area round

Vista Ridge (24-1) 1, McCollum (26-6) 0 (best-of-3 series: Vista Ridge wins series 2-0) 

Games of May 14-16

Thursday-Saturday games

CLASS 6A

Region IV quarterfinals

Southwest (24-10) vs. New Braunfels Canyon (26-14), TBA

 

BASEBALL: Area rankings (thru April 29)

Through April 29

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. Southwest – 1

2. McCollum – 3

3. East Central – 2

4. Burbank – 6

5. Central Catholic – 4

6. Holy Cross – 8

7. Harlandale – 5

8. Highlands – 7

9. Brackenridge – 9

10. Sam Houston – 10

11. Kennedy – 11

12. Jefferson – 12

13. South San – 13

14. Lanier – 15

15. Edison – 14

 

NR = not ranked

 

SOFTBALL: Area rankings (final)

Final

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. East Central – 1

2. Southwest – 2

3. Brackenridge – 3

4. McCollum – 4

5. South San – 5

6. Holy Cross – 6

7. Harlandale – 8

8. Edison – 7

9. Highlands – 9

10. Lanier – 10

11. Jefferson – 12

12. Kennedy – 11

13. Southside – 13

14. Brooks Academy – 14

15. Burbank – 15

 

NR = not ranked

BASEBALL: Area playoff picture (final)

Baseball playoff picture

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

Final

AREA QUALIFIERS: Burbank (15-7, 13-3), Central Catholic (12-14-1, 3-2), East Central (14-8, 5-5), Harlandale (14-7-1, 12-4), Holy Cross (18-8, 12-2), Highlands (13-7-1, 11-5), McCollum (17-5, 16-0).

SOFTBALL: Area playoff results (thru May 2)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 30-May 2

Thursday’s games

CLASS 6A

Bi-district round

Southwest (21-9) 7, Brennan (17-7-1) 6 (best-of-3 series: Southwest leads 1-0)

 

CLASS 5A

Bi-district round

San Marcos (26-5) 13, Edison (15-10) 0 (San Marcos advances)

Boerne Champion (15-7) 9, Harlandale (13-12-1) 0 (best-of-3 series: Champion leads 1-0)

McCollum (21-4) 7, Lockhart (15-11) 0  (best-of-3 series: McCollum leads 1-0)

 

CLASS 3A

Bi-district round

Blanco (11-10-1) 18, Brooks Academy (5-15 ???) 8 (Blanco advances)

 

Friday’s games

CLASS 6A

Bi-district round

East Central (20-7) 9, Brandeis (17-9) 2 (best-of-3 seriesEast Central leads 1-0)

Southwest (22-911, Brennan (17-8-1) 8 (best-of-3 series: Southwest wins series 2-0)

 

CLASS 5A

Bi-district round

Seguin (13-13) 4, Brackenridge (17-7) 3 (best-of-3 series: Seguin leads 1-0)

Boerne Champion (16-7) 19, Harlandale (13-13-1) 7 (best-of-3 seriesChampion wins series 2-0)

McCollum (22-4) 2, Lockhart (15-12) 1 (best-of-3 series: McCollum wins series 2-0)

 

TAPPS CLASS 4A

Bi-district round

Holy Cross (13-13-2) 11, Fort Bend Christian (17-10-1) 8. (Holy Cross advances)

 

Saturday’s games

CLASS 6A

Bi-district round

Brandeis (18-9) 5,  East Central (20-8) 4 (best-of-3 series: tied 1-1) 

Brandeis (19-9) 16, East Central (20-9) 11 (best-of-3 series: Brandeis won 2-1) 

CLASS 5A

Bi-district round

Seguin (14-13) 10, Brackenridge (17-7) 3 (best-of-3 series: Seguin won 2-0)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of May 7-9

Thursday’s games

CLASS 6A

Area round

Southwest (22-9) vs. Johnson (20-7) at SAISD Field No. 1, 7 p.m. best-of-3 series: Game 1

 

TAPPS CLASS 4A

Area round

Holy Cross (13-13-2) vs. Corpus Christi Incarnate Word (15-11) at Texas A&M University, College Station, time TBA 1-game series

Friday’s games

CLASS 6A

Area round

Southwest (22-9) vs. Johnson (20-7) at SAISD Field No. 1, 7 p.m. best-of-3 series: Game 2

 

Saturday’s games

CLASS 6A

Area round

Southwest (22-9) vs. Johnson (20-7) at SAISD Field No. 1, 2 p.m. best-of-3 series: Game 3 (if necessary)

 

Thursday-Saturday games

CLASS 5A

Area round

McCollum (22-4) vs. Cedar Park Vista Ridge (22-1), dates, times and locations TBA

BASEBALL: This week’s schedule/results (thru May 2)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 26-May 2

Monday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King 15, Southwest 5 (6 innings)

Corpus Christi Ray at East Central (ppd., rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday)

District 27-5A

Seguin 11, Kennedy 1 (6 innings)

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa 8, Somerset 2

Uvalde 7, Laredo Nixon 4

TAPPS 4-4A

Cornerstone Christian 13, Victoria St. Joseph 9

Holy Cross 5, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 3

Non-district

Central Catholic 12, Austin St. Michael’s 1 (5 innings)

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 13, South San 1 (6 innings)

Corpus Christi Ray 2, Southwest 0

East Central 2, Corpus Christi King 1

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 3, Kerrville Tivy 0

Boerne Champion 9, Seguin 4

Kennedy 6, Memorial 1

San Marcos 2, Lockhart 1

District 28-5A

Burbank 8, Harlandale 7

Highlands 4, Jefferson 2

McCollum 19, Edison 1

Sam Houston 7, Lanier 2

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 5, Uvalde 3

Laredo Nixon 9, Southside 3

Medina Valley 15, Laredo Cigarroa 7

Somerset 7, Laredo Martin 6

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross 5, Laredo St. Augustine 0

TMI 4, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 0

Non-district

Austin St. Michael’s 6, Central Catholic 4

Wednesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 6, Corpus Christi King 4

Corpus Christi Ray 13, South San 4

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross 5, Corpus Christi John Paul II 2

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central 6, Corpus Christi Ray 3

South San 5, Southwest 4 (9 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

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

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 18, Southwest 2

East Central, 5, South San 2

Corpus Christi King 1, Corpus Christi Ray 0

District 28-5A

Burbank 11, Lanier 0

Edison 4, Jefferson 1

Highlands 4, Brackenridge 3

McCollum 8, Harlandale 7

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 4, Laredo Cigarroa 3

Laredo Martin 4, Laredo Nixon 2

Medina Valley 4, Uvalde 1

Southside 5, Somerset 4

Saturday’s games

District 28-6A

Second-place tiebreaker

Corpus Christi Carroll 13, Corpus Christi Ray 4

First-place tiebreaker

Corpus Christi Carroll 7, Corpus Christi King 4

 

BASEBALL: Area playoff results (thru May 2)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of May 1-2

Friday’s games

TAPPS CLASS 5A

Area round

Addison Trinity Christian (21-7) 8, Central Catholic (11-12-1) 3 (best-of-3 series: Trinity Christian leads 1-0)

Central Catholic (12-12-1) 6, Addison Trinity Christian (21-8) 5 (best-of-3 series: series tied 1-1)

Saturday’s game

TAPPS CLASS 5A

Area round

Addison Trinity Christian (22-8) 8, Central Catholic (12-13-1) 2 (best-of-3 seriesTrinity Christian wins series 2-1)

TAPPS CLASS 4A

Area round

Austin St. Michael’s (18-9) 15, Holy Cross (17-8) 3

SOFTBALL: This week’s schedule/results (thru April 29)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 26-May 2

Monday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 7, Southwest 3

Corpus Christi Ray 5, Corpus Christi King 4

East Central 6, South San 1

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 10, Holy Cross 0 (5 innings)

Corpus Christi John Paul II 8, TMI 0

Victoria St. Joseph 10, Cornerstone Christian 0

District 28-5A

First-place tiebreaker

Brackenridge 5, McCollum 3

Third-place tiebreaker

Harlandale 6, Edison 5

Tuesday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 10, TMI 2

Cornerstone Christian 14, San Antonio Christian 9

District 28-6A

Fourth-place tiebreaker

Corpus Christi King 10, Corpus Christi Ray 2

 

Wednesday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph 2, Corpus Christi John Paul II 1 (9 innings)

Non-district

Schertz John Paul II 2, Holy Cross 1

SOFTBALL: Area playoff pairings (complete)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 30-May 2

CLASS 6A

BI-district round

East Central (19-7) vs. Brandeis (17-8): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 6 p.m. Friday at Judson; Game 2: 11 a.m. Saturday at NEISD Complex; Game 3 (if necessary): 1 p.m. Saturday at NEISD Complex.

Brennan (17-6-1) at Southwest (20-9), 7 p.m., Thursday. 1-game series.

 

CLASS 5A

BI-district round

Brackenridge (17-6) vs. Seguin (12-13): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday at SeguinGame 2: 5 p.m. Saturday at SAISD Field No. 1Game 3 (if necessary): 7 p.m. Saturday at SAISD Field No. 1.

Edison (15-9) vs. San Marcos (25-5) at SAISD Field No. 1, 7 p.m. Thursday. 1-game series

Harlandale (13-11-1) vs. Boerne Champion (14-7): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday at Tejeda Complex; Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday at Boerne Champion; Game 3 (if necessary): 1 p.m. Saturday at Northside ISD Complex.

McCollum (20-4) vs. Lockhart (15-10): best-of-3 series: Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday at Lockhart; Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday at Tejeda Complex; Game 3 (if necessary): 3 p.m., Saturday at Tejeda Complex.

 

CLASS 3A

BI-district round

Brooks Academy (5-14 ???) vs. Blanco (10-10-1) at Huber Ranch, Seguin, 6 p.m., Thursday. 1-game series

 

TAPPS CLASS 4A

BI-district round

Holy Cross (12-14-2) at Fort Bend Christian (17-9-1), 2 p.m., Friday

 

SOFTBALL: Area playoff picture (final)

Softball playoff picture

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

Final

2015 QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (17-6, 15-1), Brooks Academy (5-10 ???, 5-10 ???), East Central (19-7, 6-4), Edison (15-9, 10-6), Harlandale (13-11-1, 10-6), Holy Cross (12-14-2, 8-4), McCollum (20-4, 15-1), Southwest (20-9, 6-4).

BASEBALL: Area playoff picture (thru April 23)

Baseball playoff picture

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

Through April 23

ALREADY QUALIFIED: Burbank (13-7, 11-3), Central Catholic (9-11-1, 3-2), Harlandale (14-5-1, 12-2), Holy Cross (15-7, 9-2), Highlands (11-7-1, 9-5), McCollum (14-5, 14-0).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Southwest (10-9, 3-3).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: East Central (11-8, 2-5).

BASEBALL: This week’s results (thru April 25)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 19-25

Monday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Ray 1, Corpus Christi Carroll 0

District 27-5A

Floresville 6, Seguin 5

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 1, Somerset 0

Laredo Cigarroa 4, Southside 0

Medina Valley 6, Laredo Nixon 0

TAPPS 2-5A

Antonian 25, Central Catholic 2 (5 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph 2, TMI 0

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King 11, South San 1 (5 innings)

Southwest 3, East Central 1

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion 9, Lockhart 0

Floresville 15, Memorial 2

San Marcos 10, Kennedy 0 (6 innings)

Kerrville Tivy 2, Seguin 0

District 28-5A

Burbank 3, Highlands 2

Harlandale 18, Lanier 1 (5 innings)

McCollum 3, Brackenridge 1

Sam Houston 5, Edison 0

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 4, Laredo Martin 2

Laredo Cigarroa 1, Laredo Nixon 0

Somerset 4, Uvalde 3

Medina Valley 10, Southside 0 (5 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi John Paul II at Holy Cross (ppd., rescheduled for April 29)

San Antonio Christian 12, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 11

Victoria St. Joseph 11, Laredo St. Augustine 1

Cornerstone Christian 21, TMI 0

Wednesday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central vs. Corpus Christi Carroll at Cabaniss Field, Corpus Christi (ppd., no reschedule date)

Corpus Christi Ray at South San (ppd., rescheduled for Saturday)

Southwest vs. Corpus Christi King at Cabaniss Field, Corpus Christi (ppd., rescheduled for noon Saturday)

TAPPS 2-5A

St. Anthony at Antonian, 4:15 p.m. (ppd., no reschedule date)

Thursday’s games

District 28-6A

Southwest at South San (rescheduled for 6 p.m. Friday)

Corpus Christi Carroll 7, East Central 3

District 28-5A

McCollum 8, Highlands 1

Jefferson 5, Brackenridge 0

Harlandale 10, Sam Houston 0 (5 innings)

Burbank 12, Edison 0  (5 innings)

TAPPS 2-5A

Antonian 5, St. Anthony 3

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 8, Corpus Christi John Paul 2

 TMI 20, Laredo St. Augustine 1

Victoria St. Joseph 13, San Antonio Christian 9

Holy Cross 8, Cornerstone Christian 4

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Ray at East Central (ppd., rescheduled to Monday)

Corpus Christi King vs. Corpus Christi Carroll at Cabaniss Field, Corpus Christi (ppd. rescheduled to Wednesday)

Southwest at South San (ppd., rescheduled to Thursday)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 7, Floresville 0

Kerrville Tivy 15, Memorial 1 (5 innings)

San Marcos at Boerne Champion (ppd., rescheduled to Saturday)

Seguin at Kennedy (ppd., rescheduled to Monday)

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 15, Southside 0

Medina Valley 10, Laredo Martin 1

Laredo Cigarroa at Somerset (ppd., rescheduled to Monday)

Uvalde 7, Laredo Nixon 4

TAPPS 4-4A

San Antonio Christian at TMI (ppd., rescheduled to Saturday)

Saturday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Ray at South San (ppd., rescheduled to Wednesday)

Southwest vs. Corpus Christi King (ppd., rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. Monday at Cabaniss Field, Corpus Christi)

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion 2, San Marcos 1
Seguin at Kennedy (ppd., rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday)

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi John Paul II 6, TMI 1
TMI 5, San Antonio Christian 4
Victoria St. Joseph 9, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 1

SOFTBALL: This week’s results (thru April 25)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 19-25

Monday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 4, Corpus Christi King 3

Corpus Christi Ray 3, East Central 1

Southwest 9, South San 5

District 27-5A

Floresville 20, Memorial 0 (3 innings)

Seguin 13, Kerrville Tivy 3 (6 innings)

Lockhart 9, Boerne Champion 5

District 28-5A

Harlandale 17, Sam Houston 0

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 11, Laredo Nixon 1 (5 innings)

Medina Valley 19, Laredo Martin 0 (3 innings)

Uvalde 9, Southside 3

District 26-3A

Randolph 17, Brooks Academy 1 (3 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 7, Victoria St. Joseph 4

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central 7, Corpus Christi King 0

Southwest 13, Corpus Christi Ray 3 (5 innings)

Corpus Christi Carroll 9, South San 0

District 27-5A

Floresville 6, Alamo Heights 5

Boerne Champion 2, San Marcos 0 

Kerrville Tivy 16, Memorial 0 (3 innings)

Seguin 10, Kennedy 0

District 28-5A

Lanier 17, Sam Houston 0 (5 innings)

McCollum 5, Edison 0

Harlandale 9, Burbank 0

Highlands 17, Jefferson 11

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 6, Somerset 4

Laredo Nixon 11, Laredo Martin 1

Medina Valley 16, Uvalde 0 (5 innings)

Laredo Cigarroa 13, Southside 3 (6 innings)

District 26-3A

Brooks Academy 12, Cole 0

Marion 13, Randolph 3

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 20, San Antonio Christian 0

TMI 15, Cornerstone Christian 0

Corpus Christi John Paul II 4, Holy Cross 3

Wednesday’s games

District 29-5A

Laredo Cigarroa at Somerset (score unavailable)

TAPPS 4-4A

TMI at Victoria St. Joseph (score unavailable)

Thursday’s games

District 27-5A

Kennedy vs. Memorial  (score unavailable)

District 28-5A

Lanier 15, Burbank 8

Brackenridge 11, Highlands 2

Edison 10 , Jefferson 7

McCollum 18, Harlandale 1 (4 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi John Paul II 2, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 1

Holy Cross 18, Cornerstone Christian 6 (5 innings)

Victoria St. Joseph 13, San Antonio Christian 9

Friday’s games

District 28-5A

Corpus Christi King at Corpus Christi Ray (ppd., rescheduled to Monday)

South San at East Central (ppd., rescheduled to Monday)

Corpus Christi Carroll at Southwest (ppd., rescheduled to Monday)

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion 2, Seguin 0

Kerrville Tivy 9, Alamo Heights 5 (6 innings)

San Marcos 7, Lockhart 5

District 26-3A

Cole at Marion (score unavailable)

Randolph at Natalia (canceled)

TAPPS 4-4A

TMI 11, San Antonio Christian 6

Saturday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

Victoria St. Joseph 11, TMI 5

 

SOFTBALL: Highlands outscores Lanier in offensive explosion

Owls win 60-run slugfest with 18 in last two innings

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Highlands, Lanier.

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE SOUTHSIDE REPORTER WEBSITE:

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By most standards, it was a high-scoring game the first time Highlands and Lanier met this season on Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 1.

Lanier (7-8, 6-6) prevailed 12-8 March 11at the SAISD complex. The rematch produced an outcome better suited to the nearby football fields. Highlands (8-10-1, 4-7) exacted its revenge 

with a mind-boggling 34-26 decision April 7. The 60 runs scored actually exceeded the 52 points their football counterparts combined for when the Voks won 28-24 Oct. 10.

“I was hoping we’d play a little better defense,” ninth-year Highlands coach Tracy Guadarrama said. “It’s like a slow-pitch score, really. It’s probably close (to a school record). It’s the highest we’ve scored since I’ve been here.”

The Owls’ win tightened up the District 28-5A standings. Lanier fell to fifth place, a half-game behind Edison in the race for the final playoff spot in 28-5A. Highlands moved up from seventh to sixth.

Highlands outscored Lanier 18-6 in the last two innings to register the comeback victory.

“It kept us alive (for the playoffs),” Guadarrama said. “It may not happen, but it did put a winch into things a little bit.”

The Owls sent 16 batters to the plate in the sixth inning. Jaylene Meece (4-for-6, 3 RBI) produced two of the team’s three hits in the sixth. Highlands took a 26-23 lead into the seventh. 

A three-run home run from Owls center fielder Jessica Garza (3-for-6, 8 RBI) helped put the game out of reach.

Highlands manufactured a 7-0 lead before Lanier batted in the bottom of the second. The Voks responded with 10 runs. The rally featured a two-run double from Jaycee Estrada

and an RBI double from Ashley Lopez (4-for-6, 3 RBI). The Voks had a 16-9 lead after three innings. One of two doubles from Brandi Mojica (4-for-6, 4 RBI) keyed the rally.

The Owls produced a six-run rally in the sixth, but still trailed by one. Lanier padded its lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Other key contributors in Highlands’ 16-hit attack were Angela Garcia (1-for-2, home run, 4 RBIs) and Janelle Rodriguez (3-for-5, 3 RBI). Each scored six runs. Deja DeLuna was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

“Our defense has been sketchy all season,” Guadarrama said. “That’s been our downfall. Our offense has really been our strong point. Our defense has been too inconsistent to play to our potential.”

For Lanier, Amanda Davila (2 RBI) and Esmi Garcia (RBI) added three hits apiece to the team total (19). Ashley Flores and Jolene Garcia had two RBIs each.

It was the only game the Owls played in the week. An April 10 game against Sam Houston was postponed twice before being rescheduled for April 13.

BASEBALL: Jefferson takes two, moves into tie for sixth

Arevalo blanks Burbank, keeps McCollum unbeaten

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Burbank, Jefferson, Holy Cross, Lanier, McCollum, Sam Houston.

Jefferson swept its two games during the week of April 5-11 and finished it with three wins in a four-game span.

The Mustangs (5-11, 4-7) finished the week with a 10-0, five-inning win against Sam Houston (8-9, 4-7) April 11 on SAISD Field No. 1. The teams were tied for sixth in the district.

Jefferson took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Mustangs added two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Jefferson invoked the 10-run rule with four runs in the sixth.

Sophomore Victor Morales pitched a five-hit shutout, striking out 10. At bat, Morales went 2-for-4.

Greg Gonzales drove in three runs and Michael Avalos collected two RBIs. Senior Dylan Rodriguez

was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Santiago Rymers produced two hits.

Morales had enough recovery time after pitching Jefferson’s 7-5 win over Lanier (2-14, 1-9) 7-5 April 7 at SAISD Field No. 2. The sophomore struck out 14 in that game and allowed two earned runs. He also produced two hits and two RBIs — both team-bests.

The Mustangs overcame a 4-0 deficit the Voks built over the first two innings. The Mustangs scored two runs in the third and took the lead with four in the fourth. Jefferson increased its lead to 7-4 in the sixth and held on when Lanier scored in its final at-bat.

Gonzales, Rymers and senior Weston Redding all drove in Jefferson runs.

McCollum 1, Burbank 0

The first-place Cowboys (11-5, 11-0) received their biggest threat to their undefeated status in District 28-5A April 10 at Tejada Field. Fourth-place Burbank (9-7, 7-3) limited McCollum to six hits behind senior pitcher Conrad Perez.

McCollum senior Hector Arevalo earned the win with a three-hit shutout. Arevalo threw just 81 pitches, striking out seven and walking one.

Arevalo (2-for-3, RBI) also drove in the winning run in the fifth inning. Jason Zertuche led off the inning with a single and stole second ahead of the hit to the single through the right side of the diamond.

McCollum also defeated Sam Houston 7-3 April 7 at SAISD Field No. 1. The Cowboys scored six runs in their first at-bat. The Hurricanes rallied and scored all of their runs in the bottom of the seventh, two on a double from Danny Campos.

Following a pair of walks, Ralph Ramirez (2-for-4) singled and A.J. Vasquez (2 RBIs) doubled to trigger the first-inning outbreak. Justin Zertuche (2 RBIs) singled and Mark Villarreal added a double.

Holy Cross 8, Texas Military Institute 6

The Knights (12-7, 6-2) split a pair of games with Victoria St. Joseph and defeated TMI for the second time in the TAPPS District 4-4A season during the week of April 5-11.

Jeremy Martinez led Holy Cross with three hits and an RBI at TMI April 11. Augie Gutierrez smashed two hits and drove in two runs. Chris Rodriguez also drove in two runs.

Holy Cross edged St. Joseph 3-2 April 6 as the Knights scored all of their runs in the last two innings in Victoria. Rodriguez pounded a team-high two hits and collected the game-winning RBI. The Flyers notched their revenge 12-8 a day later in San Antonio.

Freshman left-hander Jaime Ramirez and Martinez split pitching duties for the Knights.

Holy Cross edged St. Joseph 3-2 April 6 as the Knights scored all of their runs in the last two innings in Victoria. Rodriguez pounded a team-high two hits and collected the game-winning RBI. Martinez and Dylan de la Garza also drove in runs. Gus Aguirre walked and scored the winning run in the top of the seventh.

The Flyers notched their revenge 12-8 a day later in San Antonio.

SOFTBALL: Southside’s baserunning pressure creates gem of a win

Cardinals find ways to score on Laredo Martin

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Southside.

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April 10 at Southside, the host Cardinals seemed to be on a scavenger hunt to score runs in every way possible.

They touched on most of them in fashioning a 14-3 District 29-5A victory over Laredo Martin. It was the second win over Martin this season for Southside (8-13, 4-7).

“We were able to get runners on and score,” first-year Southside coach Amy Behlen said. “I think we found about every way to score there is. It worked for us.”

Southside scored five runs on wild pitches, four on Martin errors, one on a ground out, one on a double steal, one on a hit batsman, and finally a two-RBI single that invoked the 10-run rule.

Perhaps the statistic that mattered most to Behlen was this: Southside scored eight runs with two outs.

“We’ve been scoring with two outs,” said Behlen, an assistant coach at East Central the past several seasons. “We’ve been able to keep thinking ahead and execute our game plan. Hopefully, we can take that into Medina Valley (April 14), who’s going to be really tough.”

Southside ended the game with a 10-run rally in the fifth inning. To accomplish that, however, the Cardinals needed a shutdown performance from relief pitcher Isabel Gonzales.

“I like to be under pressure,” Gonzales said.

The junior allowed a run charged to her predecessor with a two-out wild pitch. Despite the momentary lapse, Gonzales retired the first five batters she faced and didn’t allow a hit in three innings.

“Isabel did a good job of mixing up her pitches and keeping them off-balance ,” Behlen said. “She kept them off the bases.”

Martin took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single and a run-scoring ground out. Southside tied it 2-2 in the second when starting pitcher Brianna Hernandez was hit by a pitch and her courtesy runner, Zoe Beltran, scored on a well-placed bunt from Tyler Bolton (2-for-3, 2 RBIs). Andrea Garza’s ground out brought in the tying run.

After the first two Tigers batters reached base in the third, Behlen elected to make a pitching change and called on Gonzales.

“My curve was working,” she said. “Sometimes that’s my best pitch and sometimes it’s my slider, but it started working in warmups.”

The Tigers’ 3-2 lead held up until the bottom of the fourth, when an overthrow on a well-hit grounder from Mayra Sendejo brought in the tying and lead runs.

“We were trying to make sure we got on and pushed runners up,” Behlen said. “That was one of our most successful goals. We talked this morning about quality at-bats and ways to get on base.”

Gonzales led off the fateful fifth with a single to left field. In the inning, the Cardinals manufactured their sustained rally from a combination of five walks, three hits and two more Martin errors. In that inning alone, Southside scored four runs on on wild pitches.

“We had to start slow and just finish strong,” Gonzales said. “Our confidence is good. At times it drops, but we try to stay strong.”

Wild pitches hiked the Cardinals’ lead to 7-3 with two outs. Bolton scored on a double steal and yet another wild pitch brought in Nicki Benavides.

With a six-run cushion, Sendejo singled and stole two bases. A walk and an error loaded the bases. Southside capitalized by tacking on three more runs without a hit ahead of Bolton’s walk-off drive to the left-center field gap.

It was Southside’s sixth hit and a fitting finish for the Cardinals, who had found a way to win without scoring in the traditional way.

“That’s what I’ve tried to stress with this group – if they give 100 percent effort at all times, they’ll get the payoff,” Behlen said. “They’ve been working hard. It’s a very young team. Because of injuries, I’ve had to pull up three freshmen. But we have versatility – we can move kids around and have so much flexibility.”

BASEBALL: Area rankings (thru April 18)

Through April 18

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. Southwest – 2

2. East Central – 1

3. McCollum – 3

4. Central Catholic – 4

5. Harlandale – 5

6. Burbank – 6

7. Highlands – 7

8. Holy Cross – 8

9. Brackenridge – 10

10. Sam Houston – 9

11. Kennedy – 11

12. Jefferson – 13

13. South San – 12

14. Edison – 15

15. Lanier – 14

 

NR = not ranked

SOFTBALL: Area rankings (thru April 18)

Through April 18

 

TOP 15:

 

Rank-Team-Last week

1. East Central – 1

2. Southwest – 2

3. Brackenridge – 4

4. McCollum – 3

5. South San – 5

6. Holy Cross – 6

7. Edison – 7

8. Harlandale – 8

9. Highlands – 10

10. Lanier – 9

11. Kennedy – 11

12. Jefferson – 12

13. Southside – 13

14. Brooks Academy – 15

15. Burbank – 14

 

NR = not ranked