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Bishop’s historic season ends in state semis

By KEVIN NARRO | Rio Sports Live

AUSTIN — After making school history and riding that momentum all the way to the state tournament, the Bishop Lady Badgers held their own against the defending 3A state champion Rains High School.

Despite it all, it would be meant to be for the Lady Badgers as they fell 2-1 to the Lady Cats in the Class 3A state semifinals Wednesday morning at the University of Texas’ Red and Charline McCombs field. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Rain s’ Chanlee Oaks drilled a two-strike pitch to left-center that Bishop’s Alinna Cruz nearly tracked down until the ball went in and out of her glove, allowing Lynzee Hague to score the winning run. 

Rains will defend its title against Diboll Thursday at 3 p.m. for the Class 3A state title. It will be the Lady Cats’ third trip to the state title game in the last four years. 

“It was a tough loss,anytime we lose a game like that,” Bishop coach Tito Moreno said,  “It was a close game and a hard pill to swallow but I’m proud of the girls.” 

Bishop parlayed its first-ever region final into its first trip to the state tournament and ended the year with a 31-4-2 record. 

“The season they had and how they battled all year long, we were down early in the game but we continued to battle and continued to fight,” Moreno said. 

In the circle, Bishop’s Andrea Martinez was sharp and did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. 

It was a lead-off single from Oakes and a two-out, two-strike RBI single from Landry Lewers who broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. 

For the Lady Cats, Sage Hoover was masterful in her complete game effort. Her only blemish came in the top of the seventh inning where Bishop managed to load the bases and tie the game on a bases-loaded walk with two outs. 

Martinez went 6.2 innings, yielding six hits, two runs with one of them earned, six strikeouts and  one walk.  Hoover fanned 12 Lady Badgers, walked four and allowed four hits. 

Bishop will lose one starter to graduation, Kieara Cruz, but will bring back a core group consisting of Martinez, shortstop Hannah Griffith and Alinna Cruz. 

“We made history by making it here to the state tournament,” Martinez said. “We wanted to prove to our town that we are a great team. My team had my back, I was a little nervous at first but they helped.”

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