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+ HaysFreePress.. Hays CISD takes another toward tax exemption. - Page 3B step March 22,2017 PagelB BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com Aggression at the plate proved beneficial for the Hays Rebels Tuesday as they rolled to a 9-4 come- from-behind winover the crosstown rival Lehman Lobos at the Rebel base- ball field. Hays' win, which was the team's third straight, secured the best-of-3 dis- trict series with the Lobos. It also marked the second straight district series Hays has won. Lehman, however, dropped the team's fourth straight district contest and the team's third straight series. The Lobos wasted little time in developing a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After Hays responded with runs in the bottom of the first and second frames, Lehman countered with a nm in the top of the third that came via an RBI single from Luke Stana- land. Toby Robinson, Lehman High head baseball coach, said the team practices a balanced offensive attack and put it on display in the first two innings. Lehman led 4-2 and held control of momen- tum. "We go out there swing- ing, we put the ball in play and got runners on," Rob- inson said. "We've hit the ball hard all year long." All of that changed in the next half inning as Rebel bats pounded four runs on four hits, high- lightd by a two-run home run by Adrian Cisneros. Hays head baseball coach James Howard said the Rebels had good approaches at the plate, which focused on looking Hays High shortstop Clayton Cathey (8) slides into first base as Lehman day's district matchup at Hays High. PHOTO BY CHAPARRAL PHOTO Lobo Courtney Curry tries to apply the tag during Tues- for pitches earlier in the time." He said the team "Tonight, we were the count, has struggled with being aggressor and we went Howard said the Rebels too defensive at times, to the plate with great also focused on taking often swinging for contact approaches early in the things "one pitch at a and not to drive the ball. county," Howard said. "We took advantage of some situations and hit some good, hard shots." BASEBALL, 2B BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreep~ss.com Stout defense bookended with dominant offense propelled the Hays softball team (4-6) to an 8-3 victory over the Vista Ridge Rangers (6-6) Tuesday night at Hays. Both Hays and the Lady Rangers came into the game boasting perfect records in district. In Vista Ridge's three district games before tonight they had outscored their opponents 33-1, while the Rebels only outscored their two opponents 4-2. After holding Vista Ridge scoreless in the first frame, the Rebels put together a two-hit, two-run bottom of the first inning after a RBI single from Rebels pitcher Maxine Valdez. In addition to earning runs for the offense, Valdez put together a sensational performance on the mound. The Lady Rangers came into this game leading the district in both runs and hits. Throughout the first four innings, Valdez allowed only one hit and zero runs. After an impressive offensive performance in the first inning, the Lady Rebels cooled off on the offensive side of the ball, going scoreless in innings two, three, four and five. However, the high- level of play on the defense was in no way affected by the lack of production by the offense. "The defense played great behind (Valdez)," said Rebels head coach Lisa Cone. "We had a lot of ground ball outs which is what we want - ground balls or fly balls that's the perfect scenario for us defensively." Vista Ridge earned its first run in the top of the sixth inning after a two-out RBI single from sophomore Kristian Chapa went straight up the middle of the Rebel defense to cut the deficit to 2-1. PHOTOS BY NATHAN LATSHA Hays Rebel outfielder Kaylin Davis takes a big swing at a pitch delivered by a Vista Ridge pitcher in the sixth inning of Tuesday's district game. Davis, who delivered a three-run home run in the at-bat, highlighted a six run sixth inning for Hays in an 8-1 win. Below: Hays High courtesy runner Madi Villarreal slides into third base in Tuesday's district game against Vista Ridge. "The defense played great behind (Valdez)... We had a lot of ground ball outs which is what we want - ground balls or fly balls that's the perfect scenario for us defensively." - Lisa Cone, Rebels head coach matchup was to try and keep the Lady Rangers offbaiance. "Our scouting report was that the Rangers struggle more with the outside pitch and that's where we tried to stay as much as we could," said Cone. '~amd Max hit her spots. Every pitch I was calling tonight she was covering her spots - she did a great job." With ice on both her throwing shoulder and throwing hand, Valdez after the game said that she was nervous at first, but after her nerves calmed down it was just like any other game. She also complimented However, the Rebel offense that had struggled to produce came alive yet again with a four-hit, six-run bottom of the sixth capped off with a three- run home run from right-fielder Kaylin Davis to extend the lead to 8-1 going into the final inning. The Rangers managed to earn two runs in the top of the seventh after back-to- back RBI doubles, but the hole they had dug themselves proved too deep. Cone said that her defensive game plan coming into tonight's the play of the defense behind her. Valdez ended the game with four hits and three runs allowed on seven innings pitched. With the Rebels now 3-0 in district and one game remaining in the first round of district play, Cone said she told her team tomorrow is a new day- enjoy tonight, but stay focused. From the Sidelines by Moses Leos III T et's begin with the notion | thatwe're aBaylorloss JL-daway from celebrating 51 years since a men's basketball team in Texas last won an NCAA toumament title. It's surprising to realize the 1966 Texas Westem College men's basketball team still holds the lone men's hoops title in the Lone Star State. That fact is a little more eye- popping when you account for the plethora of talented Texan hoopsters that have played at Texas universities over the years. Adding to all of the irony is only three of the 1966 Miners hailed from Texas. Baylor's squad, helmed by Scott Drew, isn't exactly laden with Texas talent either. Roughly half of its roster comes from within the state. Does that give them some sort of parallel to the last NCAA championship winning team from the state? Not really. The odds don't exactly favor the Bears. According to an ESPN report, one Las Vegas scorebook gives Baylor 18 to 1 odds to win the whole shebang, which ranks 10th out of the final 16 teams in the tournament. It's gotta be those retina- buming, radioactive neon highlighter yellow jerseys Baylor wears. Long story short, don't go putting money on the Bears to end TWC's reign. In fact, while we're talking about iti one shouldn't put money on 18- to 22-year-olds to begin with. But don't be surprised ffthe Bears pull offa few big upsets along the way. While the Baylor men's basketball team's season could very well end this weekend, Baylor's women's team continues its march to another potential rifle. Texas, led by head coach Karen Aston, is also in the nmning after escaping a thriller with NC State at home Sunday. Whichever team makes it the furthest may have to find a way to finally put the FROM THE SIDELINES, 2B 4- !I'T ii ....