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Calallen falls short in 4A state title game

By KEVIN NARRO | Rio Sports Live

AUSTIN — Once again, mother nature threw a screwball at the Calallen Lady Wildcats, who went into a two and a half hour rain delay trailing the Liberty Lady Panthers by two runs midway through the fourth inning of the Class 4A state title game.

Calallen would not have the same good fortune following the interruption as Liberty picked up where it left off, led by senior ace Kaci West, who threw a complete game for a second time in a state final.

While West held the Calallen lineup in check and shook off a two-run first inning, the Liberty bats provided some timely hitting as the Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Wildcats 10-3 to win their second state championship Saturday afternoon at Red and Charline McCombs Field. 

West, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player two years ago, received the award once again. The senior yielded three hits, three runs, walked seven and struck out 11. 

“The girls wanted it, they wanted it so bad it got to them a little bit,” Calallen coach Teresa Lentz said. “It hurts a lot. They worked hard and to have that courage to come in and fight through adversity round after round, I couldn’t be more proud of them. Not a lot of kids can do that.” 

The Lady Wildcats got off to a strong start as senior Maddy Flores drove in a two out, two run single. Then, in the third inning, Alaunah Alamarez cranked a solo homer and gave Calallen a 3-0 lead. 

Then, came the bottom of the third inning when Liberty took advantage of three Calallen errors and scored five runs on two hits. The five-run frame was highlighted by a pair of two-run singles from Mikaelah Burkland and Hollie Thomas. 

After the rain delay, Calallen felt they had a chance to reboot and adjust, though Liberty wasted no time and added two runs in the bottom of the fourth, a run in the fifth and two in the sixth. 

“We told ourselves that this happened for a reason,” Flores said of the rain delay. “We needed a break and to pause so we could come back stronger. Unfortunately, we didn’t, but we did have that confidence. We could have done a lot better on the field, but we just pushed and did the best we could. No one was trying to mess up, it was the last game of the season and we did our best and wish we had a different outcome.”  

At the plate, Raegan Tennill went 1-for-3 with a walk. Flores and Alamarez also finished 1-for-3. 

After the Alamarez homer in the third inning, West did not allow a hit over the next four innings. Calallen did manage five baserunners after the third inning all via the walk.

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