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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press • March 29 2017 BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com A combination of stout defense, exceptional hit- ting and gummy bear reinforcement helped propel the Lehman Lobo softball team to a %3 win over district foe Leander LionsTuesday night at home. Things didn't start out according to plan for the Lady Lobos early. Although Lehman was down 3-1, it was fortu- nate the score was that close. In the first three frames the Lion offense produced seven hits - including one triple and two doubles - but left four runners in scoring position. Lady Lobo head coach Lydia Baggett said that she knows her team has an amazing defense, but sometimes they let one mistake affect their emo- tions. "I just have to keep reminding them it's okay, you're gonna make mistakes," Baggett said. "It happens, it's life, it's a game, it's softball. You can't let it affect the rest of your game and you can't let it defne you." The Lobos took these words to heart, and ev- erything changed in the top of the fourth after freshman first base- man Lexi Bechtel made a spectacular catch off a line-drive, and then turned the double play to end the top of the fourth. Then in the next frame sophomore shortstop Seryna Avalos was up to bat with the bases loaded and only one out. After going down in the count, Avalos rifed a shot down the left-field line for a three-RBI double to give Lehman the first lead of its game. "I've been struggling throughout the season, and I just wanted to get the ball in play to bring whatever I could do to at least start a rally for my team," Avalos said. "My mindset was just swing early, and it just went through." This surge in scoring not only gave the offense confidence, but the de- fense too, as they held the Lady Lions scoreless in innings four, five, six and seven. Baggett said Lehman tends to fall behind in the beginning of game, but she just keeps trying to tell them it's one hit, hitting is contagious, it's gonna happen. Contagiousit was, as Lehman put together seven hits after the Avalos double, including two triples from senior third baseman Alyssa Marti- nez, three doubles and two singles. Baggett has a unique way of inspiring her team. Incorporating a technique she learned throughout her coach- ing career, Baggett uses :'positive reinforcement" through candy and treats to help inspire her team. Tonight, it was gummy bears. "So base hits, great defense, great pitching ... you get a gummy bear," said Baggett. "It's just something to keep spirits up and keep them work- ing- keep everybody up." However, Baggett does not believe gummy bears were the main reason for Lehman's success to- night. "The biggest factor was that nobody was getting down on themselves," said Baggett. "It can't just be one thing; it has to be both the offense and defense together. There was one point where I told them we can have the best defense, but it's not going to amount to anything if we can't start getting hits, getting on base, and scoring." Martinez seconded her coach's sentiment on the importance of the team coming together. "We realized the po- tential of this team when we (became) more of a family," said Martinez. "I think we finally got to the mindset of we're here, let's go all out and play for the team. We got down as a team in the first round, now we're seeing what we really can do." After earning their sec- ond win in district with the second round of play coming up, Baggett and her team are optimistic. "Why not us?" said Baggett. "Why not have a great second half?. Why not? Surprise everybody. Why can't it be Lehman? If we give 100 percent and you keep working hard, why can't it be us? 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TX 79408-1800 LoboMineralsLLC@g mail.corn Hays Girls Soccer Continued from pg. 1 B ded its lead with a goal scored midway in the first half. Several minutes later, the Rattlers struck again to take a 3-0 half- time lead. Brent Holcomb, Hays Rebel head soccer coach, said Reagan was "by far" the fastest counter attack team they had played all season long. The Rattlers' ability to quickly move downfield left Rebel de- fenders unable to keep lap. Reagan combined its speed with a size and skill advantage as well. Reagan's offense moved with fluidity, forcing the Rebels to match. • "When you get out to this level, it's going to be rough and tumble," Holcomb said. "This level of play deserves the next level of rough and tumble." Hays, however, adapt- ed to the physical style over the top of the goal- "When you get out to this level, keeper. it's going to be rough and tumble "If it was going to be my last game, I wanted ... This level of play deserves the to go out with a goai," Hood said. next level of rough and tumble." Making thepostseason was an "immense VIE- - Brent Holcomb, Hays Rebel head soccer coach tory" for the 2017 Rebel soccer program, as few of play and settled in to score a pair of second expected Hays to com- start the second half. half goals to take a com- pete in the new 25-6A. They did so by effec- mending 5-0 lead late in "The game doesn't tively possessing the ball the second half. show the quality of the and limiting Reagan's "They're a great team team. That's tough be- offense, and they have great cause they did a great job Hood, along with speed," Holcomb said. this year," Holcomb said. sophomore Jenna Sheely "It was difficult to play "I told them not to judge and senior Isa Hernan- with." the season by the game. dez helped Hays combat But for Hood, trying to They fought hard." the Rattlers. tally at least one last goal Hood said success But trying to match provided ample motive-during the season may the Rattlers' physical- tion. have forced other teams ity also led to several With roughly nine to catch up with Hays, miscues for the Rebels, minutes left, Hood which is a role reversal which include two pen- pushed her way past from years past. alty kick opportunities defenders to find herself "In the past, we've converted by the Rattler with only the goalkeeper always been the under- offense, to contend with. dogs," Hood said. "Now Reagan utilized its Hood used her mo- we have a chance for speed and muscle to mentum to hit the shotourselves." Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in downtown Buda across from Garcia's restaurant Tuesdays, 3-7 p,m. at Gray Gardens, 767 Main Street Local Procluce • Eggs • Longhorn Bee]: Pork • Chicken • Baked Goocts Honest • Soaps • Cannec[ Goocls Gluten Pree Options • AF~isans • Live Music Growers, Farmers and Vendors reserve your spot today[ Check the website for details, ,mJU#AFJU JJRSMJUW 'T Continued from pg. 1B and Pflugerville ISD, the my son's case," Raymond first, but they knew it was take things I've been process toward transition said. "Hopefully, it takes a move up in the career doing here and take it up will follow, some of the stress off of ladder." there is a good thing." As the Pflugerville ISD them too." Raymond's focus now He said many of the athletic director. Ray- Raymond said he extends to heading up campuses in Pfiuger- rnond said he would be began notifying his to Pfiugerville and toville are set up similarly focusing on the admin- coaching staff and his"figure out what needs to to those in Hays CISD, istrative component of football team first thing be done." He will not be where there is an athelic the position and will not Friday morning following involved in the search for coordinator in place. have coaching duties, approval from the PISDthe next Lobo head foot- Having coached in that Raymond said he board. The reason was ball coach and athletic area, Raymond said he became interested in the to try and ensure theycoordinator, is familiar with many new position at Pfluger- "heard it from me first," Raymond said his coaches. ville as it is a "big career Raymond said. new job is expected toRaymond said he was jump." Coaches were told at be a "different kind of ultimately proud of what He said he interviewed 7:45 a.m. Friday dur- stressful." Raymond will 'he had accomplished at for the Pflugerville ing a staff meeting, with oversee four high school Lehman, which included position when it came players notified roughly campuses as the PISD seeing numbers increase around, "took a shot at it 30 minutes afterward, athletic director, as well in athletics and improve- and got lucky." Informing the players of as the opening of a new ments in facilities. He But another factor for his depature was "tough," football stadium next fall. also cited the transition the move was the ability Raymond said, as he was "The big part for me is from a small 4A school to watch his children, close to many of them.that it's reallv hard right to a large 6A program who are both athletes at "It's hard. It's always now with the responsi- Hays CISD, as a parent really hard. I'm an emo- bilities of all the middle and not as an athletic tional person, so it's easy school and high school coordinator or coach, for me to get choked up campuses here and as a "Every time I watch as a person," Raymond football coach," Ray- them, I'm always in the said. "But they under-mond said. "The abil- role of the athletic coor- stood, for the most part. ity to just focus on the dinator or the coach in They were confused at administrative side and ~..g.,," ~.~ ~.~..~.~....~. ~ ~u.~i.~.,.i. ~ : ~"..-~"& i :i726 M aRd 748 in "one of the toughest districts in the state." [No timetable has been 5ii~ iii~i .... [ set by the district to be- " .... : gin looking for the next I ~!;! ~iii!i~:;!ii ii::i~ ...... I Lehman athletic coor- Ema :i dinator/head football ] ] coach.