SOFTBALL: Highlands outscores Lanier in offensive explosion

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

AREA TEAMS INCLUDED: Highlands, Lanier.

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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 playoff picture (thru April 18)

Baseball playoff picture

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

Through April 18

ALREADY QUALIFIED: Burbank (11-7, 9-3), Harlandale (12-5-1, 10-2), McCollum (12-5, 12-0).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: Highlands (11-5-1, 9-3), Holy Cross (14-7, 8-2).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Brackenridge (10-10, 6-7), East Central (11-6, 2-3), Southwest (9-9, 2-3).

SOFTBALL: Area playoff picture (thru April 18)

Softball playoff picture

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

Through April 18

ALREADY QUALIFIED: Brackenridge (15-6, 14-1), Brooks Academy (4-5 ???, 4-5 ???), Holy Cross (11-11-2, 7-2), McCollum (18-3, 13-1).

LIKELY QUALIFIERS: East Central (17-6, 4-3), Edison (14-7, 9-5), Harlandale (10-10-1, 8-5), Southwest (19-7, 4-3).

POSSIBLE QUALIFIERS: Highlands (9-10, 6-8), Lanier (8-9, 7-7), South San (13-18, 1-6), Southside (8-14, 4-8).

BASEBALL: This week’s results (thru April 18)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 12-18

Monday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King 6, Corpus Christi Ray 4

District 28-5A

Brackenridge 3, Lanier 2

Harlandale 5, Highlands 3 (8 innings)

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central 2, South San 1

Southwest 3, Corpus Christi Carroll 1

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 8, Seguin 5

Boerne Champion 10, Kennedy 0 (5 innings)

Kerrville Tivy 7, Lockhart 3

San Marcos 4, Floresville 2

District 28-5A

Brackenridge 10, Sam Houston 0 (5 innings)

Burbank 6, Jefferson 3

Harlandale 12, Edison 3

Highlands 11, Lanier 0 (5 innings)

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 6, Laredo Nixon 0

Laredo Martin 8, Laredo Cigarroa 3

Somerset 2, Medina Valley 1

Uvalde 11, Southside 1 (6 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Cornerstone Christian 4, Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 3

Holy Cross 10, San Antonio Christian 0 (5 innings)

TMI at Victoria St. Joseph (ppd., no reschedule date)

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

Wednesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King 7, East Central 3

TAPPS 2-5A

Central Catholic 9, St. Anthony 2

Thursday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

Holy Cross 10, Laredo St. Augustine 0 (5 innings)

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

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word at Victoria St. Joseph (ppd., no reschedule date)

San Antonio Christian at TMI (score unavailable)

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Ray at South San (ppd, rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday)

District 27-5A

Lockhart at Kennedy (score unavailable)

Memorial at Alamo Heights (ppd, rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday)

San Marcos at Kerrville Tivy (ppd., rescheduled to Saturday)

Seguin at Floresville  (ppd., no reschedule date)

District 28-5A

Burbank vs. Brackenridge at SAISD Field No. 1 (ppd., rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, SAISD Field No. 1)

Sam Houston vs. Highlands at SAISD Field No. 2 (ppd., rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, SAISD Field No. 2)

Lanier vs. Edison at SAISD Field No. 1 (ppd., rescheduled for  4:30 p.m. Saturday, SAISD Field No. 1)

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn at Somerset (score unavailable)

Laredo Cigarroa at Southside  (ppd., rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday)

Uvalde 6, Laredo Martin 1

Medina Valley at Laredo Nixon (suspended to Monday, MV leads 6-0 in 4th)

Non-district

Holy Cross at Antonian  (score unavailable)

Saturday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (ppd. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cabaniss
Field, Corpus Christi)

Corpus Christi Ray at South San (scores unavailable)

Southwest vs. Corpus Christi King (scores unavailable)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 12, Memorial 1 (5 innings)
Kerrville Tivy 6, San Marcos 3

District 28-5A

Burbank 5, Brackenridge 1

Highlands 8, Sam Houston 0

Edison 2, Lanier 1

McCollum 2, Jefferson 0

TAPPS 2-5A

St. Anthony 9-15, Brownsville St. Joseph 1-0 (2nd game, 4 innings)

Antonian vs. Central Catholic (ppd. to Monday, time TBA)

TAPPS 4-4A

San Antonio Christian 5, Corpus Christi John Paul II 3

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word at Victoria St. Joseph (ppd., no  reschedule date)

SOFTBALL: This week’s results (thru April 18)

NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface

Games of April 12-18

Monday’s games

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion 12, Kennedy 2

District 28-5A

Edison 6, Lanier 4

Highlands 22, Sam Houston 2 (3 innings)

Tuesday’s games

District 28-6A

East Central 10, Southwest 3

South San vs. Corpus Christi King (ppd. to Wednesday)

Corpus Christi Carroll vs. Corpus Christi Ray (ppd. to Wednesday)

District 27-5A

Alamo Heights 18, Memorial 3 (3 innings)

Lockhart 12, Kennedy 3

San Marcos 15, Kerrville Tivy 0 (5 innings)

Seguin at Floresville (score unavailable)

District 28-5A

Brackenridge 3, McCollum 1

Lanier 9, Harlandale 8

Edison 17, Sam Houston 1 (3 innings)

Highlands 16, Burbank 3 (5 innings)

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn 17, Laredo Martin 0

Laredo Cigarroa 11, Laredo Nixon 2

Medina Valley 11, Southside 0 (5 innings)

Somerset 7, Uvalde 1

District 26-3A

Natalia 10, Brooks Academy 0 (6 innings)

Randolph 18, Cole 3 (4 innings)

TAPPS 4-4A

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word 13-16, Cornerstone Christian 0-0

Holy Cross 15, San Antonio Christian 0 (4 innings)

TMI at Victoria St. Joseph (ppd., no reschedule date)

Wednesday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi Carroll 7, Corpus Christi Ray 1

Corpus Christi King 4, South San 0

Thursday’s games

TAPPS 4-4A

San Antonio Christian at TMI (score unavailable)

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

Corpus Christi Incarnate Word at Victoria St. Joseph (ppd., no reschedule date)

Friday’s games

District 28-6A

Southwest at South San  (rescheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday)

District 27-5A

Boerne Champion at Lockhart (rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday)

Floresville vs. Memorial (score unavailable)

San Marcos 11, Kennedy 0  (5 innings)

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

District 28-5A

Sam Houston vs. Harlandale (rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Tejeda Complex)

Burbank vs. Edison (rescheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Villarreal Field No. 1)

McCollum vs. Highlands (rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Villarreal Field No. 2)

District 29-5A

Eagle Pass Winn at Laredo Nixon (score unavailable)

Laredo Cigarroa at Somerset (score unavailable)

Laredo Martin at Medina Valley (score unavailable)

Uvalde at Southside (score unavailable)

District 26-3A

Randolph at Brooks Academy (score unavailable)

Natalia at Marion (ppd., no reschedule date)

Saturday’s games

District 28-6A

Corpus Christi King vs. Corpus Christi Carroll (ppd., rescheduled to 6 p.m. Monday)

Southwest at South San (score unavailable)

Corpus Christi Ray at East Central (ppd., rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. Monday)
District 28-5A

Brackenridge 10, Jefferson 2

McCollum 10, Highlands 0 (5 innings)
Edison 16, Burbank 1 (4 innings)

District 28-5A

Holy Cross 11, TMI 1 (5 innings)