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UIL State Softball Tournament

by Butch Hart, Austin American-Statesman Correspondent
Saturday, June 2, 2007

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Class 1A Final


Raygan Feight's historic grand slam led Bosqueville (26-7) to a victory over Shiner in the Class A championship game.

Feight's grand slam, the first in the 14-year history of the UIL state softball championships, came in the sixth inning, as Bosqueville trailed 1-0.

Grace Getman singled to lead off the inning, and Haley Feight reached first safely after Shiner misplayed her bunt. Michelle Miller then walked to load the bases, bringing up Raygan Feight.

"I was going to have Michelle bunt to move the runners over for Raygan, but Michelle walked on four pitches. I was excited because Raygan is our best hitter," Chaps coach Clint Zander said.

Feight lined the first pitch she saw down the left-field line and inside the foul pole, and the ball sailed over the first row of cars outside McCombs Field.

Shiner (22-7-1) scored in the fourth, when Maci Schaefer doubled and scored on a single by Morgan Ullmann.

Payback sweet for Bosqueville Five years ago in its first appearance at the UIL state softball tournament, Bosqueville lost to Shiner 11-1.

On Saturday, Bosqueville concluded its second trip to the tournament by beating Shiner 4-1 to win the Class A state title.

"It's great to win a state championship, and it was a bit sweeter that we got the win over Shiner after they ripped us a couple of years ago," Bosqueville coach Clint Zander said.

Two sisters who share the left side of the infield helped to fuel Bosqueville's championship run. Senior shortstop Raygan Feight smacked a grand slam against Shiner, accounting for the Lady Bulldogs' runs, while sophomore Haley Feight led the team in homers, including two in the regional final.

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Class 5A Final


Pitcher Tomi Garrison recorded her fifth career victory in the Class 5A state softball tournament, as Garland (38-9-2) repeated as the 5A champion by blanking Katy at McCombs Field.

Garrison, who took a perfect game into the seventh Friday night against Bowie, allowed three hits Saturday. The junior struck out four in the complete-game shutout.

The Class 5A most valuable player for the second straight year, Garrison also won both games at state in the Owls' 2006 title run.

She won a semifinal contest at state as a freshman.

Garland scored in the fourth inning, when FraShekia Knight singled, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt and reached third when Katy (35-9) committed a fielding error. She scored on Katie Updyke's sacrifice fly.

Katy loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Garrison escaped from the jam.

Class 4A Final


Victoria Beltran crushed a three-run homer and pitched a five- hitter to lead Boerne (38-9) past Denton Ryan for the Class 4A state softball championship.

Beltran's home run broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning as the Greyhounds claimed their first state softball title.

"I was just looking for a pitch to hit hard, and it was there. I swung and it kind of jumped off my bat," said Beltran, whose drive sailed far beyond the left-field fence at McCombs Stadium.

Boerne's third-inning rally started when Kaitlin Southerland drew a leadoff walk. With one out, she advanced to third on Sara Corcoran's single, and Beltran followed with her homer.

Class 3A Final


Sophomore Crystal Keller drove in two runs and fired a four-hitter to lead Medina Valley (34-11) to its first Class 3A state softball crown.

Keller allowed an earned run in the first inning then shut down the potent Burkburnett offense, recording three strikeouts and 14 groundouts.

The Panthers pounded out 12 hits, and took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Jenna Haby and a run-scoring single by Holli Rihn.

Trailing by a run, Burkburnett (35-5-1) tied the score 2-2 in the fourth, when catcher Alex Kirkikis tripled and scored on a throwing error.

Medina Valley regained the lead with a three-run fifth inning that was highlighted by Keller's bases-loaded double.

Class 2A Final


Michelle Ege tossed a three-hitter as Troy (35-3) defeated Aubrey to win its second Class 2A state championship.

Ege allowed one earned run in notching her twenty-ninth victory of the season. She also added two hits.

"This was awesome. We lost in the finals when I was a sophomore and this erases all those memories," Ege said.

Troy scored first when Shelby Shepperd singled in the bottom of the first inning and moved to second base on a wild pitch.

She scored when Ege's single was misplayed. The Trojans added two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth.

The Trojans also won the 2A state title in 2000. Aubrey (31-3-1) finished as the state runner-up for the second time.

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