Shiner uses six-run third to claim 1A title
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Coy Slavik - Victoria Advocate Sports Editor
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AUSTIN -- Shiner coach Brandon Siegel didnít really need to give his Lady
Comanches any motivational speech before Saturday morningís Class 1A state
championship game against the Bosqueville Lady Bulldogs.
Shiner coach Brandon Siegel waves runner Amber Shimek around third
Saturday during the Class 1A state softball championship game.
photos by T.C. Baker, Advocate Staff Photographer
As a matter of fact, pep talks werenít required much at all the entire
softball season in Shiner.
Motivated by the heartache of their 4-1 loss to Bosqueville in last yearís
final, the Lady Comanches gained revenge and much more in their 11-1,
six-inning rout of the Lady Bulldogs at McCombs Field.
"Revenge was the motivation for all of our players and myself," Siegel said
as he held the championship trophy. "We didnít want what happened last year
to happen again."
Bosqueville (25-8) beat Shiner 4-1 in last seasonís final when Raygan Feight
hit a sixth-inning grand slam off pitcher Heather Haas. This time, Haas and
the Lady Comanchesí offense never gave the Lady Bulldogs a chance for a
Haas scattered eight hits and struck out only three. But Shinerís bats erupted
for 13 hits, including five in a decisive, six-run third inning. The Lady
Comanches, who finished the year with a 24-6 record, enjoyed an eight-run
inning in Thursdayís 11-1 semifinal win over Maud.
Haas, who was named the Class 1A tournament MVP, watched video of last yearís
state final loss with teammates for much of the season, including Friday night.
"It was hard to watch it," Haas said. "A few of us would start crying sometimes.
But we learned from it. It pumped us up."
Shiner broke open a 1-1 game in the third inning by putting together four straight
hits and sending 10 players to the plate.
Lauren Michalec, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, hit a one-out,
infield single to get the big inning started. Taylor Hajek followed with a
single and Haas, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, drove in
Michalec with a single to make it 2-1.
Amber Shimek, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, then followed with a two-run double
to the left-field wall. After Paige Michalecís RBI single made it 5-1,
Bosqueville appeared to end the inning when Ieisha Flowers struck out swinging.
But catcher Grace Getman failed to handle the pitch and Flowers raced to first
Shiner capitalized on the miscue as Holly Haas, Heatherís sister, added a two-run
single to pad the Lady Comanchesí lead to 7-1.
"I knew they had the potential to put up a big inning and, with Heather, I knew
they werenít going to give up a lot of runs," Bosqueville coach Clint Zander said.
Heather Haas went back to the mound with the six-run lead determined not to allow
herself or her team to get too comfortable.
"That ran through my mind," she said. "I knew that anything could happen. I knew
they were capable of having a big inning like we did."
But the Lady Bulldogs never mounted a serious comeback. Holly Haasí RBI single and
Lauren Michalecís two-run base hit highlighted Shinerís three-run fourth inning
that widened the Lady Comanchesí lead to 10-1.
Shinerís Lauren Michalec safely slides to the bag as Bosqueville first
baseman Loren McCormick stretches for a late throw
In the sixth, Heather Haas reached on a throwing error by shortstop Haley Feight,
advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and moved to third on Shimekís flyout
to center field.
Heather Haas, who walked off McCombs Field last season without a gold medal for
the second straight year, raced home with the game-ending run on Morgan Ullmanís
fielderís choice grounder to second baseman Caitlin Jackson.
"I would have never imagined that we would run-rule them," Siegel said. "That
just shows you the drive of this team. They just werenít going to leave here this
year without getting the job done."
Shiner sent an early message to Bosqueville in the first inning. Getman led off
the game with a single and was sacrificed to second base. With two outs, Haley
Feight hit a sharp single to center field. Flowers scooped up the ball and threw
it home to catcher Holly Haas to retire Getman trying to score.
"I knew she was going," Flowers said of the play. "I knew I just had to gun the
ball to Holly."
"I think that play set the tone for the rest of the game," Paige Michalec said.
"That gave us a lot of momentum."
Ullmannís RBI single gave Shiner a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Bosqueville
came back to tie the game in the third on Michelle Millerís run-scoring single.
But all the Lady Bulldogs did was motivate Shiner even more.
"The girls were just so focused on their goal," Siegel said after Shiner won the
third state softball title in school history. "They did what they had to do to win.
Seeing them do that is just a wonderful feeling."
Game of May 31, 2008
Bosqueville 0 0 1 0 0 0 -- 1
Shiner 0 1 6 0 3 1 -- 11
Ashley Barnes and Grace Getman. Heather Haas and Holly Haas.
W: Haas (24-5). L: Barnes (12-7).
Highlights: (B) Getman 2-for-3; Michelle Miller 1-for-3, RBI.
(S) Lauren Michalec 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, run; Heather Haas 2-for-3, RBI, 3 runs;
Amber Shimek 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, run; Paige Michalec 2-for-3, RBI, 2 runs;
Ieisha Flowers 2-for-3, 2 runs; Holly Haas 2-for-3, 3 RBIs.
Records: Bosqueville 25-8, Shiner 24-6.
Note: Shiner wins Class 1A State Championship.
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