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Page 2B SPORI"S Hays Free Press March 20, 2013 + + PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Rebel softball acquired the title of the second best team in the state of Texas for CJass 4A, according to the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) softball poll on March 18. The play of seniors Clarissa Gonzalez, Brayden Pinckard and Hannah Ramsey (pictured left to right) have helped the Rebels to a 21-1-1 record thus far in 2013. Saturday Mornings Call 512-268-8000 www.kyletkd.com BY MOSES LEOS III offs were the Rebel players and triples and driving in 19 runs. motivation. Last year, when fans themselves. "However, we are not satisfied no one realized how good we sports@haysfreepress.com Their confidence just might with that right now. The only were, we took people by sur- be the key to their success this thing that matters is where you prise. Now, they know that we To fully appreciate how year. Three rounds and a his- stand at the end of the year. are state ranked. I tell my kids, much the Hays High Rebel toric finish in the UIL playoffs We are definitely going to work 'We have a huge target on our softball team has done to be last yearhave put the Rebels on hard, no matter what. We want back; we are the team every- ranked the second best team in everyone's radar in 2013.to finish at the top." one is gunning for. We need to Class 4A in Texas, you just have Hays continues to ride the Despitethesuccesstherank-go out and be focused every to look back to the end of the momentum from their play-ing allows, both Pinckard and game, because our opponents 2012 season, off run last season. The Lady Ramseywere adamant that the will give us their 'A' game every At that time, the Rebels were Rebels currently hold a 21-1-1 team must maintain a sense of day'," Fuller said. not the powerhouse club that record overall, with a 6-0 mark humility. At this point, the LadyRebe]s has been terrorizing District in district play - and they are "We are a humble team, somust shift their way of think- 27-4A halfway through the ranked as the second best team we want to continue to stay ing as the season progresses. 2013 campaign, in the State of Texas in Class 4A, that way," said Pinckard, who With half of the district sched- Back then, the Rebels were according to the March 18 Tex- has driven in 22 runs on 29 ule complete, the Rebels know a work in progress. They were as Girls Coaches' Association hits, holding a .618 batting av- a long road lies ahead before learning how to win, getting (TGCA) softball poll. erage. Gonza]ez, who has ten they can rest on their laurels. the feeling of how to succeed. For Fuller, the run so far in doubles, 30 RBIs and a batting "(Our goal) is to go as far as Their record was 15-16 with a this season is credited to the average of A14, added, "We are we can, to work as hard as we fourth place finish in district, leadership of the team's seniors going to stay focused; to take can as a team," Gonzalez said. But, the Hays Rebels were not - Clarissa Gonzalez, Brayden things one game at a time," "We want to make this our best discouraged. In fact, they were Pinckard and Hannah Ram- Making sure they do not year, with the ultimate goal of encouraged by the fruits of sey. "We had a lot of returning take district opponents lightly winning a state title." their labors, starters from our playoff run would allow the team to con- For the three seniors, their "We felt that we played well last season," Fuller said. '~Kll of tinue success, Ramsey said. duty not only ties with sustain- last year," said head coach the girls that have returned this "We know that every othering this season's success, but Aaron Fuller, who navigated year know what it takes to win. team in our district is working with cultivating the younger Hays in his first full year as They've tasted that success, hard towards (a district cham- players. head coach in 2012: "We were and_ theywant to go further this pionship). We must respect all "We want to show that hard pleased with what we had year." of our opponents." work wig pay Off, and to just done." All three seniors understand Still, the high ranking has put stay humble," Pinckard said. It might have been the fact how much work it takes for the the proverbial "target on their Yet the sky is the limit for the that no one expected anything team to get to this point, and backs." While the team finds Hays softball team, which is from Hays. After all, going into how much more will be need- it fascinating - Ramsey said it in the midst of a 15-game win the 2012 postseason, Hays had ed to achieve their goals, was a "cool feeling" to be the streak. This is only the begin- not won a playoff game since "It is nice to be ranked num- team to beat - the Rebels are ning for Fuller and the Lady 2001. According to Fuller, the ber two in the state," said Ram- cognizant of the perils being Rebels. "Every game counts only people who believed Hays sey, who has a .477 batting av- ranked that high can cause, and it's not over yet," Gonzalez would perform well in the play- erage in 23 games, hitting five "We try to use (the poll) as said. I It Thyme ii!i Free lecture this Sunday at 2 p.m. ....... Howto Know, Grow and Care for Antique Roses ........ ..... P~nted by Amanda Moon. 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Back row, left to right: Omar Molina, Nick Thies, Joseph Rodriguez, Eddie Martinez, Gerardo Gomez, Will Cooper, John Hinnenkamp, Jax Kell, Carlos Vangegas, head coach Manuel Gomez.) COURTESY PHOTO + Hays Girls Soccer Continued from pg. 1B We know that they bunch a lot, so itwas good practice to stretch the field," said senior Savannah Derrick. Defense played a crucial role in the win for Hays, which has extended its shutout streak to more than 240 minutes of play. Seldom did Giddings have any opportunity to work the ball be- yond midfield, as the Lady Reb- els forced the Lady Buffaloes to turn the ball over. "We have always been lucky to have such a great defensive team. I am lucky to even touch the ball in some games," said senior goalkeeper Sarah Sell- strom. On this night, the focus went to the three seniors, who played their final regular season game at Shelton Stadium. It was a bit- tersweet moment for Senstrom, Derrick and captain Lindy Men- doza. "There have been a lot of tears shed, and a lot of running - that's for sure. We've all put in a lot of hard work, and I am very proud of this," Mendoza said. Hays High girls soccer head coach Brent Holcomb talked about the seniors' time on his varsity program. "Our seniors are really great. They are high quality, high character play- ers. It is sad that they are leav- ing, but they are going to do great things. I am happy to have coached them," Holcomb said. For the Lady Rebels, their at- tention now goes to their first round playoff matchup, and look to take on any challenge from the opening minute. "Sometimes, we get a little too smart for our own good. With the playoffs being sudden death, we need to play with a little bit of abandon and some urgency from the get go. I am hoping that we can feel what we are going to do well. I feel that is like. 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