That’s two championship banners that now belong to the Beeville major girls softball all-star team.
The local young girls have gone undefeated in both tournaments, dominating play with a combination of speed, defense, good hitting and good pitching. A District 29 championship banner is now joined by a Section IV title banner.
“The girls never lost focus and played hard. We played together as a team, and there was never a doubt,” said Flores after the championship game.
“These girls are so good.”
In the Section IV tournament, it took just three games to win the title. The Beeville girls out-scored their opponents 33-9 in those three wins.
In Monday’s game against Shiner, the Beeville girls grabbed an early 4-0 lead with all the runs coming across home plate in the second inning. Kailey Perez led off with a walk, and Felixia Hinojosa bunted safely to put two runners on for Saleen Flores. Flores blasted a bases-clearing triple to give the Beeville girls a 2-0 lead. Aaliyah Ruiz put down a successful sacrifice bunt to bring in Flores with the third run. Raeann Flores singled and promptly stole second base. A walk to Michaela Chavarria followed, and Chavarria never stopped running. She rounded first and went hard into second base. A throw to the bag from the Shiner pitcher sailed high and into center field, allowing R. Flores to score with the fourth run.
It became a 7-0 lead for Beeville in the top of the third as Madelyn Rodriguez, Perez and Hinojosa scored for the local girls. S. Flores picked up another RBI as did Hinojosa, each getting run-producing singles in the rally.
Shiner scratched for one run in the bottom of the third with the help of two walks and a single off Beeville pitcher Perez.
The local girls added an insurance run in the fourth with Rodriguez scoring after reaching on an error. Perez blasted an RBI double to drive her home.
Shiner fought back in the fourth with a three-run rally off Perez. A walk, Beeville error and single pushed the runs across. But, that was all Shiner would get the rest of the way.
The last two frames were scoreless for both teams, and the final was an 8-4 Beeville win.
Perez pitched a complete game and struck out 15 Shiner batters in the victory.
The victory advances the Beeville squad to the East Texas state championship tournament in Seguin that begins on Friday night. Beeville will open the tournament with a 6 p.m. contest against Huffman.