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SAN DIEGO – After blasting four home runs on Thursday night, the Santa Gertrudis Lady Lions kept their foot on the gas in a closeout game.

The Lady Lions sent three more balls over the fence and once again put up runs in bunches as they cruised to a 12-0 Game 2 win in five innings over the Hebbronville Lady Longhorns to wrap up their best-of-three regional quarterfinal series in a 2-0 sweep Saturday afternoon in San Diego.

Trinity Silguero, Taylor Reyes and Julia Guerrero all hit home runs for the Lady Lions to highlight a day in which their lineup picked up eight hits from seven different players.

“We talked about how since Day 1, the girls have continued to get better 1-9,” Santa Gertrudis head coach Thomas De Los Santos said. “We have girls coming off the bench who are hitting home runs as well. I’m proud that we never got relaxed and that the girls keep putting in the work and we continue to get better offensively and defensively.”

Santa Gertrudis punches its ticket to the regional semifinals and will take on Hallettsville.

On the other side, Hebbronville wraps up its most successful season in school history after becoming the first team to advance to the regional quarterfinals following wins over District 29-3A champion Aransas Pass (10-0) and 32-3A second-place team Rio Hondo (5-3).

Lady Longhorns head coach Cleofas Ramirez reflected on the season following the loss and believes this is just the beginning for a young program.

“My seniors started with me as freshman and this has been our goal, to make the playoffs and we finally do and we go three rounds deep,” he said. “Of course, we played the No. 1 team in our district. We came out as a No. 4 and we beat a No. 1 team in bi-district and then a No. 2 team in area. I think we fared pretty well. It could’ve been better, but we have young girls…I think we’ll be alright.”

The Lady Lions, who put up 23 runs in Game 1, once again started to pile on runs in bunches in Game 2

It started in the top of the second inning on Silguero’s three-run bomb to deep left field to make it 3-0. Four batters later, Reyes added a three-run shot of her own to make it 6-0.

“I feel in this series, our hitting has really been on point,” Guerrero said. “The entirety of the lineup has really pulled through when we have runners on. When that’s happening it shows in our scoring and I feel we will keep it up in the upcoming series.”

The Lady Lions added two more runs in the third and four more runs in the fourth, highlighted by Guerrero’s solo shot.

Hebbronville had opportunities in the third and fourth innings to close the lead, but left the bases loaded in both innings on a day in which they stranded seven runners on base.

Santa Gertrudis pitcher Lexi Ruiz was solid in the circle, holding Hebbronville to just four hits on the day to pick up the win.

The Lady Longhorns got hits from Layla DeLeon, Kailey Pena, Sophia Hilton and Theresa Salinas.