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O’Connor softball wins first UIL State title; D’Hanis sweeps softball, baseball titles for first time since 2019

After months of intense competitors, the highschool sports activities season has formally concluded with the completion of the UIL State baseball match. Five groups from the higher San Antonio space made the journey as much as Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin and Dell Diamond in Round Rock with the hopes of claiming state titles.

Three achieved that purpose, whereas two got here up simply brief.


For the first time in program historical past, O’Connor is residence to a UIL State softball champion.

The Panthers accomplished two livid rallies to say the Class 6A title. In the state semifinals, O’Connor trailed El Paso Americas 3-0 within the first inning, however outscored the Trailblazers 7-2 over the ultimate six frames. Senior Jada Munoz hit the go-ahead two-run residence run within the backside of the fourth and senior pitcher Sammie Portillo struck out 9 batters in a 7-5 victory.


After that dramatic comeback, O’Connor did it once more within the Class 6A championship sport in opposition to Mansfield Lake Ridge. The Panthers as soon as once more surrendered three runs within the high of the first, however answered shortly with 4 straight runs to take a 4-3 lead on senior Leighann Goode’s RBI single within the backside of the second. After the Eagles retook a 6-4 lead within the high of the fifth, O’Connor wanted to piece collectively three runs to rally. Sophomore Haley Carder minimize the deficit in half with a solo shot to left within the backside of the sixth, then Munoz homered in the identical route to tie the sport at six within the backside of the seventh. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, setting the stage for senior AJ Sanchez to attract the game-winning stroll and rating fellow senior Ella Gonzales as O’Connor received the sport and the championship 7-6. For her late-game heroics, Munoz was named essentially the most precious participant.


For full highlights from O’Connor vs. Lake Ridge, click on right here!


Three years faraway from securing their first UIL State title, the D’Hanis softball crew drove to Austin with their sights set on returning to the championship sport. The seniors on the roster had been to every of the earlier two title video games in 2019 and 2021 — the 2020 match was canceled because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic — and the Cowgirls had come up in need of the final word prize the prior season in an 8-4 loss to Dodd City.

It was becoming then that D’Hanis confronted the Lady Hornets within the Class 1A State semifinals. They wouldn’t be denied this time. Senior pitcher Marissa Santos completely dominated within the circle, placing out 10 batters and pitching a 3-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over the defending state champs. Afterwards, the Cowgirls cruised previous Hermleigh within the Class 1A championship sport 6-2. Santos and junior Jolie Frosch every drove in runs within the backside of the first to erase a 1-0 deficit, then sophomore Kayla Looper and junior Mabry Herrmann every tallied RBIs within the backside of the second to supply extra respiratory room. Herrmann was named most beneficial participant, posting three hits, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.


For full highlights from D’Hanis vs. Hermleigh, click on right here!


After the Cowgirls received their first state title since 2019, the Cowboys knew the stress was on them to do the identical precise factor.

D’Hanis returned to the UIL State baseball match for the first time since they took residence the title on the finish of the ‘19 season. That year, they clobbered Dodd City 10-0 in five innings in the semifinals and shut out New Home 4-0 in the championship.

In an eerily similar encore performance, D’Hanis demolished Abbott 16-0 in 5 innings within the Class 1A State semifinals. The Cowboys poured it on offensively, tallying 16 runs on 15 hits, whereas junior Daelyn Gonzales pitched a two-hit shutout with sevens strikeouts. Then, D’Hanis squared off in opposition to Nazareth within the Class 1A title sport.


The Swifts threatened to attain first within the backside of the first inning, however junior outfielder Layton Herrmann accomplished a exceptional unassisted double play to maintain Nazareth off the board and shift momentum within the Cowboys’ favor. Herrmann drove within the first run of the sport by drawing a bases-loaded stroll within the high of the fourth, then D’Hanis discovered some much-needed respiratory room with a three-run inning within the high of the fifth. Gonzales and sophomore Raine Redden every posted RBI singles within the body. Meanwhile, senior Ryan Hendry earned most beneficial participant honors together with his stellar efficiency on the mound, placing out six batters in a three-hit shutout effort. He struck out the ultimate batter of the sport, fulfilling a personal dream, as D’Hanis received 4-0.


And now, with each the softball and baseball state champions coming residence, D’Hanis is actually celebrating prefer it’s 2019 yet again.

For full highlights from D’Hanis vs. Nazareth, click on right here!


Following an undefeated common season and an ideal run by way of the playoffs, Shiner entered the Class 2A State championship sport with an opportunity to make historical past. The Comanches knocked off Garrison 3-0 within the state semifinals and appeared primed to complete the job in opposition to Valley Mills.

The sport actually began in response to plan. Freshman Carson Schuette opened the scoring within the backside of the second with an RBI groundout to offer Shiner a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Eagles countered with a three-run inning within the high of the third that proved to be the distinction. Shiner’s offense stalled in key conditions, as Valley Mills ended their bid for an ideal season with a 4-2 victory. Six seniors bid farewell to the Comanches after main this system to 2 straight UIL State match appearances.


For full highlights from Shiner vs. Valley Mills, click on right here!


For the fourth time in program historical past, the Reagan baseball crew arrived on the UIL State match and promptly cruised by way of the state semifinals. This year, the Rattlers upended the defending state champions Rockwall Heath 6-0 of their first sport because of a dominant pitching efficiency from Pittsburgh commit Aidan Coleman, who struck out 5 Hawks. Junior Luke Sasser and seniors Teagan Peeples and Cole Tabor all drove in runs with hits in key conditions.

Reagan then superior to face Southlake Carroll within the Class 6A State championship. This marked a rematch of the 2018 title sport, which the Rattlers lost 7-2. Senior Britton Moore’s RBI single to left within the high of the second inning powered Reagan to an early 3-0 lead, however the Dragons chipped away and took management, outscoring the Rattlers 7-2 over the ultimate 5 innings in an eventual 8-5 victory.


For full highlights from Reagan vs. Southlake Carroll, click on right here!

Over the subsequent few weeks, the Big Game Coverage Newsletter will spend some time recapping a number of of essentially the most memorable moments from the Winter and Spring seasons. We’ll additionally preview the matchups within the upcoming KSAT Pigskin Classic, a showcase of six native highschool soccer groups over three video games on the Alamodome on August 27! KSAT 12′s Greg Simmons not too long ago launched a preview of the first sport that includes Smithson Valley vs. Reagan. Keep your eyes peeled for previews of the opposite two matchups as we build in the direction of a model new season.


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