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High School Softball Regionals Cougarettes romp to fifth straight regional final berth

May 19, 2019

New Braunfels Canyon scores 10 runs in first inning and never looks back as it pops Harl-ingen South in Region IV-6A semifinal series.

SAN ANTONIO

By Terrence Thomas

Staff writer

New Braunfels Canyon scored early and often and drubbed Harlingen South 16-1 Saturday in Game 2 of a Class 6A regional semifinal series at Tuloso-Midway High School in Corpus Christi.

The Cougarettes swept the se-ries and advanced to the Region IV-6A final for the fifth straight season and for the ninth time in the past 11 years. They will play Austin High, which swept its fourth-round series vs. Edinburg Vela and during the postseason has beaten area teams New Braunfels, Warren and Judson.

Canyon (34-6) took control from the start, tallying 10 runs in the first inning. It would extend its advantage to 14-0 after three frames on junior Hunter Vestal’s three-run home run.

The Cougarettes, state final-ists a year ago, won 8-0 in Fri-day’s Game 1 behind pitcher Aliyah Pritchett’s one-hitter, and outscored Harlingen South 24-1 over the two contests.

Fredericksburg 11-4, Rio Hondo 0-2: In Beeville, the Bat-tlin’ Billies won a doubleheader to capture a Class 4A regional semifinal series.

Fredericksburg advanced to the regional final for the second time and the first time since 2009, when it was in Region I and lost to Gatesville.

The Battlin’ Billies will face Navarro with a berth to the UIL state tournament on the line. Na-varro swept its fourth-round se-ries vs. Boerne.

In Saturday’s decisive Game 3, Fredericksburg used small ball and a solo home run from fresh-man Kaylee Reyes to prevail. Rio Hondo led 1-0 after one be-fore Reyes hit a solo home run to tie it in the second. Fredericks-burg claimed a 2-1 lead in the third on sophomore Ashlyn Weinheimer’s double.

Rio Hondo tied it at 2-2 in the bottom of the third, before the Battlin’ Billies added one run apiece in the fourth and seventh innings with strategic bunting and aggressive base running.

Fredericksburg forced the se-ries to a winner-take-all contest by dominating Game 2. Wein-heimer and Reyes each had three-run home runs, with the former’s shot ending the contest in five innings by run rule.

The Battlin’ Billies scored a run in each of the first three frames to gain momentum.

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