AUSTIN Ė The temperature on the scoreboard at McCombs Field read 80 degrees but the Lady Comanche bats and the pitching of Cece Darilek was hotter than the Fourth of July.
The Shiner Lady Comanches once again got to hoist up the Class 2A State Softball trophy. The girls blew their competition away in the state tournament with nine players earning spots on the All State team.
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Photo by Stephanie Steinhauser
Darilek threw a perfect five-inning game with three strikeouts and the Lady Comanches collected 15 hits in a 13-0 blowout of Windthorst in the Class 2A state championship game Thursday evening (June 2, 2016).
Besides winning their second state championship in a row, Shiner now holds the state record with six titles, breaking a tie with Weimar.
"I didnít think this would happen," Darilek (22-3) said in referring to the perfect game. "I just came out throwing and pretty much stayed with my curve ball the whole way."
"Everything I called, Cece was putting it right on the money," said coach David Cerny, whose team finished the season 31-5. "She was on a mission and she also hit the ball well.
"People donít realize that she came into the season with two herniated discs. They are still not completely healed but that shows how mentally tough and what a competitor she is."
Darilek did not allow a ball hit out of the infield and induced 10 ground ball outs.
Lauren Schuette got a good workout at second base with four assists and a put out.
Schuette was one of four Lady Comanches who had three hits in the contest.
Schuette, who went 5-for-7 in the tournament, had three hits in three official trips. She had four RBI in the tournament.
Mackinly Pilat (3-for-4, RBI, two runs), Hannah Nevlud (3-for-4, two runs, RBI) all had three hits as did freshman Taylor Wenske.
Wenske, thrown into the fray because of the injury to Kassidy Bishop, went 3-for-3 with three RBI and scored two runs.
"Weimarís pitcher prepared us for this game and she was comparable to the Windthorst pitcher," Cerny said. "I challenged the girls before the game because last year we didnít hit that well. This year was totally different. We hit the ball very well."
The Lady Comanches didnít exactly come out swinging in the top of the first. Pilat and Hannah Nevlud bunted for singles and Bethany Nevlud was safe on a fielderís choice after another bunt. Darilek walked on four straight pitches to force in the first run prior to Schuette driving in Hannah Nevlud with a single to center. Kailey Williamsí sacrifice fly scored Bethany Nevlud. Kori Landman reached on an error, and after a strike out, Wenske delivered a bloop single to right to plate two runs.
The Lady Comanches made it 7-0 with a two run second.
Hannah Nevlud led off with a single before Bethany Nevlud doubled off the left field fence. Darilek singled up the middle to chase home both runs.
Wenske singled with one out in the third and scored on a base hit by Bethany Nevlud.
Shiner put up another crooked number on the board in the fourth with five runs.
Schuette tripled down the right field line with one out and scored on an infield out by Williams. Landman and
Madison Jalufka both drew walks and Wenske ensued with a run-scoring single. A single by Pilat and Hannah Nevludís double produced runs.
"After we won it last year, people kept saying we should win it again because we didnít lose many starters, but itís not easy to get back here," Cerny said. "We struggled with injuries all season and we had to get by Weimar."
Hannah Nevlud, Landman and Darilek are the only three senior starters the Lady Comanches will lose along with Ally Chumchal.
"When you have seniors that win it all, they are hard to replace. They brought a lot to the program and their leadership played a big part in our success," Cerny said.
The Lady Comanches jumped on Harleton early and never let up in a rematch of the 2015 state championship game.
Cece Darilek gave up four hits and struck out two in a 13-2 win over the Lady Cats.
Darilek retired the first five batters she faced and both Harleton runs were earned.
Shiner scored four runs in both the first and second innings.
Mackinly Pilat walked to start the top of the first, stole second and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Hannah Nevlud. Pilat scored on an illegal pitch before a Bethany Nevlud walked. Darilek singled to left, and after an infield out, Bethany Nevlud scored when Kailey Williams
was safe on an error. Kori Landman then hit a blooper that fell between second baseman Avery Underwood and right fielder Aubrey Nixon for a two-run double.
Shiner added four more runs in the second with a bases-loaded single by Darilek plating two of the runs. Lauren Schuette followed with a two-run single to right center.
Darilek, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI, doubled in the third to score Pilat.
Bethany Nevlud highlighted a three-run fourth with a two-run triple after hits by Madison Jalufka and Pilat.
"There are a lot of parents who work really hard with their kids and I want to give them credit for the state championship as well," Cerny said.
Notes: For coach Cerny, it was his fifth state championship Ė two in softball, two in baseball and one in football ... Shiner outscored its opponents 114-19 in the playoffs ... Schools from District 28-28 have won the last six state 2A titles and seven in 10 years ... After the injury to Kassidy Bishop in the Weimar series, Mackinly Pilat was moved from No. 9 in the order to the leadoff spot. She went 4-for- 5 in the tournament and scored six runs ... Pilat, Hannah Nevlud, Bethany Nevlud, Cece Darilek (MVP), Lauren Schuette, Kailey Williams, Kori Landman, Madison Jalufka and Taylor Wenske were named to the state all-tournament team.
More State Championship Game Photos
all photos by Stephanie Steinhauser
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[ see also the Victoria Advocate story with more State Championship photos ]
Tournament director Brian Polk and Jessica Arons presented
Cece Darilek with the Most Valuable Player plaque.
Kori Landman asks for time after diving back to first on a pick-off attempt.
Hannah Nevlud lays down a bunt for a base hit in the finals.
Shortstop Kailey Williams made a fine catch
for the final out in the semifinal game.
The 2016 Shiner Lady Comanches pose on Red McCombs Field in Austin after winning the Class 2A
State Softball championship by 10-run-rule victories in the semifinal and final games.