The two losses ended the season for the local girls, but they had a good run in the all-star postseason tournaments.
The Beeville girls went undefeated through both the District 29 and Section IV tournaments. The state competition was tougher, and the difference was a well-placed hit or two along with a few unforced errors.
The Beeville girls lost in the state tournament’s opener on Friday night to the eventual East Texas state champ, Huffman, 9-1.
“Our errors came back and got us. But, we’ll be ready for Saturday’s game against Northshore,” said manager Artie Flores on Saturday morning.
Huffman scored three runs in the bottom of the first to jump ahead of Beeville. A couple of walks and one base hit along with a throwing error pushed all three runs across for Huffman.
Huffman added a single run in the second inning after blanking the Beeville bats in the top half of the frame. Beeville hit the ball, but it went right at a Huffman defender, and the girls from Huffman played good defense. The few hits Huffman got off starter Kailey Perez were not blasts but short pops into shallow right or on the ground just out of the reach of a Beeville infielder.
The third inning went by scoreless with Huffman still holding a 4-0 advantage. The Beeville girls got on the scoreboard in the fourth as leadoff batter Kayla Johns was hit by a pitch. Madelyn Rodriguez followed with a single to place runners at second and third as she took second on a late throw to third as Huffman tried to catch the speedy Johns. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Perez brought the run home. The single run was all the Beeville girls would get as the Huffman defense stepped up and got the final out on another grounder.
Huffman put the game away with five big runs in the bottom of the fourth. Three singles, two walks and a Beeville error scored the runs. Saleen Flores relieved Perez and the Beeville girls got the final two outs.
That made it a 9-1 contest, and that score held up the rest of the way as Huffman captured the opening round contest.
Saturday’s game was against Northshore, and the Beeville girls rebounded from Friday’s loss with a decisive 11-4 victory to advance into the championship contest on Sunday against Huffman again.
A win in the game on Sunday would a force another game with the undefeated Huffman squad in the double elimination tournament.
The game was close, but Beeville errors let the Huffman girls escape with a hard-fought 10-8 victory and the East Texas state championship.
No further details of games two and three were provided.