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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press April 5, 2017 BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH news@haysfreepress.com The Lehman Lobo soft- ball team lost 13-4 to the Vista Ridge Rangers Friday night at the Lady Lobo softball field. Vista Ridge came offthe bus ready to play, earning nine runs in the first frame and four in the second. Lehman responded with one run in each of the first two innings, but found themselves down 13-2 entering the bottom of the third. The Lehman defense came alive and heldVista Ridge scoreless for the remainder of the game. However, the Lobo offense failed to take ad- vantage of success on the defensive end. Lehman head coach Lydia Baggett said that her team recorded 10 hits in the game, and managed to have runners in scoring position multiple times, yet they just couldn't con- vert them into runs. Despite the struggles on offense, Baggett said the team kept grinding and managed to earn two runs in the fifth inning. Lehm- an's deficit, however, was too much to .overcome. Key contributors for Lehman include junior pitcher Kaylee W ]pff, who Lehman Lobo senior third baseman Alyssa Martinez (right) attempts Ridge Ranger baserunner Friday at the Lady Lobo softball field. recorded four strikeouts in the circle, along with a double and a triple at the plate. Sophomore Kayla Romero and Gabby Rodri- guez also both recorded doubles. One bright note from Friday's game was the honoring of Lehman teachers for "Teacher Ap- preciation Night." "Teach- er appreciation night was great," said Baggett. 'TkI1 PHOTO BY BECKY TENNEY to apply a tag to a Vista the teachers that said they would be there were. They got to see their stu- dents and receive small tokens of appreciation for their commitment to education." APRIL 29-30 AT THE BUDA CITY PARK IN BUDA, TX (JUSTSOUTH OFAUSTIN) FOR MORE INFO, VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.BUDALIONS.coM 01L, 6AS, & MINERAL RI6HTS Both non-producing and producing including Non-Participating Royalty Interest (NPRI) Provide us your desired price for an offer evaluation. CALL TODAY: 806.620.1422 LOB0 MINERALS, LLC PO Box 1800 Lubbock, TX 79408-1800 LoboMineralsLLC@gmail.com "LONG LIVE COWBOYS" Saturday, ...... April 8, at noon C.llJo h 830-623-2855 1918 Hwy 80, Kornes City, "IX JBIocks/Reds/TigerSfripes] Jumper: Rebel freshman makes Texas Relays debut Continued from pg. 1B + first impressions contin- ued when Casey entered high school. Kevin Bussinger, Hays girls high jump coach, said he didn't know what to expect from Casey until she began to consistently work out with the track team several weeks ago. It didn't take long for Casey to show her com- petitive nature. During the team's first track meet at Canyon Lake, Casey debuted by winning the event with a clearance of 5-feet, 6-inches. The height was only two inches shy of the Hays girls high jump all- time record. "I've been doing this for 20 years and I've never had a girl jump (5-feet, 6-inches)," Bussinger said. "For her to do that as a freshman, it's amazing." The jump helped usher an invite to the Texas Relays. Competing on the big stage was a new moment for Casey, who said she was admittedly anxious prior to competing. The venue, mixed with some of the athletes she was competing against, brought a slight sense of nervousness. Casey's experience at the Texas Relays finished with a jump that cleared 5-feet, 2-inches. "I'm with all of these PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays High freshman Reagan Casey keeps an eye on the bar as she clears a height of 5-feet, 2-inches. 17-year-olds and every- one was older than me," Casey said. But for Casey, who eyes competing in the high jump in college, taking part in the Texas Relays was a strong opportunity to see the sport at its best. Bussinger said Casey is a "great competitor" and is learning to adjust to im- prove her skills. She's also acquiring the chance to compete under pressure 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 Growers, Farmers and Vendors reserve your spot today! Check the website for details. and is "getting comfort- able with everything." "High jump is one of those crazy sports where if you're a half stride ahead, you can't jump. If you're a half-stride behind, you can't jump. Everything has to be per- fect," Bussinger, said. "It's just a matter of consisten- cy and getting there." With the district track meet on the horizon, Bussinger said he expects big things from Casey as she closes her first varsity track season, and could potentially continue jumping on the club level in the summer. "She's got into her mind (high jumping) is her sport," Bussinger said. "Deep down in there, this is her sport. She takes it seriously. It's going to be fun to see where she goes from here." (} A.RIDIE N AI PEC Journeyw0rker Alex Cortez and daughters, Natalie and Iris, Join PEC in celebrating 10 PEC thanks all of its lineworkers for making our lives brighter! #thankalineman