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Shamrocks’ TAPPS title streak comes to end

Terrence ThomasMay 18, 2019

Houston St. Agnes senior Shelby Echols pitched a six-hit shutout and drove in the winning run as the Tigers blanked Incarnate Word 3-0 on Friday in the TAPPS Division I state semifinals at Crosby High School.Incarnate Word’s streak of four straight state titles was snapped.Echols had singled in a run in the bottom of the first, and that was all the support she needed. A Houston Baptist signee, Echols got out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the victory.Incarnate Word (22-10-1), which was making its ninth straight appearance at the state tournament and 19th in the past 23 seasons, had multiple runners in the sixth and seventh innings but came away empty.St. Agnes, which lost to the Shamrocks in the state semifinals in 2017 and 2018 and the state final in 2016, added two insurance runs in the fifth.New Braunfels Canyon 8, Harlingen South 0In Corpus Christi, pitcher Aliyah Pritchett tossed a shutout and hit a home run as the Cougarettes won Game 1 of a Class 6A regional semifinal series.Game 2 is at 5 p.m. today at Tuloso-Midway High School.Canyon built a 6-0 advantage after four innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the frame, then added two runs in the top of the seventh to conclude the scoring.D’Hanis 12-13, Bartlett 0-3In Wimberley, the Cowgirls had little trouble sweeping a Region IV-A final series, advancing to the state tournament for the second straight season.Navarro 9, Boerne 6In Dripping Springs, the Panthers jumped out to a big lead before hanging on to sweep a Region IV-4A semifinal series.Navarro, which prevailed 4-0 in Game 1 on Wednesday, advanced to the Region IV-4A final for the first time and will play the winner of the Fredericksburg-Rio Hondo series. Rio Hondo won 5-2 on Friday in Game 1. Game 2 is 3 p.m. today in Three Rivers.C.C. Calallen 4, Seguin 2In a one-game Region IV-5A semifinal playoff, the Wildcats did all their scoring over the middle innings to rally from an early deficit. They will play Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, which stunned Dripping Springs 13-3.tthomas@express-news.net

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