NOTE: This would have been the first week of the 2020 UIL baseball playoffs and the area round of the UIL softball playoffs.
SAN MARCOS -- Monterey capped a strong opening day at the Rattler Spring Break Classic by routing host San Marcos 13-0 in 3 innings on Thursday.
Claire Decker made sure Monterey got off to a good start Tuesday against Coronado. Aubri Campbell added the exclamation point.
WYLIE -- Malloree Smith supplied four hits while Theron Zachary and Mina Luna had three apiece to help Lubbock-Cooper rally past Sachse for a 6-5 victory at the Wylie Tournament on Thursday. The Lady Pirates dropped their first game of the tournament, 12-3 to Rockwall.
TROPHY CLUB -- Erin Boles broke open a scoreless tie with a two-run triple then combined with Torrey Hogan to finish off a dominant pitching performance from the circle to lift Frenship to a 6-0 victory against Lake Travis in the Tigers’ second game of the day at the Turf Wars Classic.
IDALOU -- Trinity Christian made a strong first impression against a powerful Idalou team on Monday to jump ahead but couldn’t come up with a way to keep the Lady Wildcat bats in check in a 9-4 loss.
WOLFFORTH -- Early-season tournaments can be a mystery for teams. There are usually some unfamiliar opponents which make how to approach things a little hazy.
Torrey Hogan was dazzling to outduel Kamryn Cottrell and Angelica Abila got the offense ignited with a leadoff homer in the 1st inning.
SLATON -- Trinity Christian dropped a pair of close games at the Sadler Monument Tigerette Tournament on Thursday, falling to Slaton 6-5 and Brownfield 8-6.
This introductory column originally ran on Feb. 4, 2019. Not much has changed, but the last six months have certainly recharged an old sportswriter's batteries.
Patriarch Larry Hays carved legendary status at LCU and Texas Tech, then his sons followed in his footsteps to lay the groundwork for Lubbock Christian standouts Hampton, Kaytee and Kelsee Hays.
Three district champions and three second-place crews highlighted the 2019 season in Lubbock and created plenty of strong individual performance along the way.
Lubbock Christian and Trinity Christian landed six players apiece on the TAPPS All-District 1-3A first team voted on by the league coaches.
Season-long dominance in District 3-5A helped Coronado, Monterey and Lubbock-Cooper fill up the 2019 all-district team voted on by the league coaches.
Frenship’s dominant surge through District 2-6A yielded a wave of recognition when the league coaches selected the 2019 all-district team.
ABILENE -- Ultimately, it was more the bloops and bunts than the bombs that ended Frenship’s season in an 11-3 loss to Keller Saturday in the Class 6A regional semifinal round.
ABILENE -- Keller unleashed a barrage of extra-base hits and turned them into early runs to knock Frenship on its heels Friday in the first game of a Class 6A best-of-three regional semifinal series at Poly Wells Field.
CROSBY -- Relentless to the end, Lubbock Christian came within a swing here or there of getting its shot at a state championship.
Lubbock Christian knows the way to the TAPPS 3A State Tournament. It’s been a few years since the Lady Eagles have gotten this far down the playoff road, though, with one obstacle keeping them away.
HERMLEIGH -- Coronado produced plenty of offense against Abilene Wylie in two games Saturday on the second day of a back-and-forth pair of games in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals.
ABILENE -- Trinity Christian grabbed a 7th-inning lead against Waco Reicher Catholic on Saturday in a TAPPS Class 3A state quarterfinal, but the advantage was shortlived as the Cougars answered with two runs in the home half of the inning to claim a dramatic 4-3 victory.
SAN ANGELO -- Frenship didn’t need two or three games to establish who was the better team in the regional quarterfinal round of the Class 6A playoffs.
HERMLEIGH -- Coronado leadoff hitter Riley Flores circled the bases on a fly ball to right field in the top of the 7th inning for two-run inside-the-park home that snapped a tie and sent the Lady Mustangs on their way to a 7-2 triumph against Abilene Wylie in the opener of a Class 5A best-of…
Softball and baseball playoff action gets underway all around West Texas the next two days with nine Lubbock teams taking aim at the next step down the postseason path.
HERMLEIGH -- Lubbock Christian did its job by filling up the bases consistently against Kennedale Fellowship in the first 2 innings on Thursday.
ABILENE -- Lilli Underwood, Sophia Medina and Ava Peters produced 4 hits apiece as every Trinity Christian starter except one had multiple hits in a 16-2 romp past Flower Mound Coram Deo on Tuesday in the area round of the TAPPS Class 3A playoffs.
Lubbock Christian stayed patient and removed all the drama quickly Tuesday, scoring 17 1st-inning runs on the way to a 20-0 victory against Austin Hill Country Christian in a TAPPS Class 3A area-round game.
Two teams that were separated by very little on the diamond this season get the TAPPS Class 3A playoffs started on Tuesday.
The dust has settled on a hectic and mostly successful weekend for Hub City softball and baseball teams, and the next round of action is set for all the teams still alive.