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HaysFreePress.com Among the bills at the state legislature, one would give teachers right to bear arms on campus. - Page 3B April 10, 2013 ,,, Page 1B BY MOSES LEOS III it was up against. And, Leh- man knew one more thing moses@haysfreepress.com - this was not the same Con- nally team they dominated in Even before their third last year'splayoffs. round playoff game began, For the better part of 74 Lobos head coach Jay San- minutes, Lehman managed som and his team understood to keep up with Connally's one simple fact: An intense 80 powerful pressure attack. minutes of action were nec- However, one fantastic move essary to keep their dream of by Connally forward JM Blay- a state championship alive. Tofey was all the Cougars Pflugerville Connally, the Lo- needed to sink the Lobos' bos' opponent in Friday eve- hopes. Tofey's go-ahead goal ning's match, was ateam that with six minutes left in the demanded full intensity, match proved to be the de- Pflugerville Connally had cisive moment, as Connally upset favorite Cedar Park in defeated Lehman 1-0, ending a penalty kick shootout just the Lobos' season in heart- a few days prior to Friday's breaking fashion. match, so the Lehman High From the onset, Lehman boys soccer team knew what and Connally were locked in MAKES HISTORY Lobos finish with 19-2-1 record, 11-1 in district Claims school's first team district title a back-and-forth, up-and- down match. Connally's of- fense earned the first few scoring' opportunities, lob- bing numerous salvos down- field. Yet, the back line of Lehman's defense was savvy enough to thwart the chanc- es, keeping the ball out of the net. On the opposite side, Le- hman's tandem duo of for- wards, Diego Garcia and Eli Guajardo, provided moments of excitement for the rau- cous crowd of Lehman sup- porters. Their utilization of deft movements and fancy footwork allowed a few open runs. However, the Connally defense equally proved to be a tough egg to crack. Despite the strengths of Garcia, Gua- jardo and the Lobos offense, the Cougars defense shut them down, negating the passing lanes and quashing momentum. "In the first half, we tried going up the middle, but it did not work," Sansom said. "That's been our down- fall this year." See LOBO BOYS SOCCER, pg. 2B PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman High head soccer coach Jay Sansom joins his scoring duo of (left) Eli Guajardo and Diego Garcia with a new hair style before their last playoff game. BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com After suffering a rare district loss to Lockhart on Thursday; the Hays Rebel softball team looked to rebound against Schertz Cle- mens on Saturday. They did just that and some, as a four-ran second, followed by an eight- run third inning help the Rebel softball team rim-role the Lady Buffaloes 12-2 in five innings. In Tuesday night's action, the Lady Rebels defeated Seguin 6-4 on the road. Hays takes over the district lead with the win and re- mains ranked seventh in state. The barrage of rtms in the Clemens game began with a two-out rally in the second in- ning. Rebel right fielder Brayden Pinckard reached first base on a fielder's choice, which was then followed by an RBI double by shortstop Gabby Albarez, scor- hag Pinckard to put up the first rtm of the day. After designated hitter Karina Rocha walked, pitcher Sarah Leal then stepped up and belted a two-nm RBI tri- ple to right center field, scoring Albarez and Rocha. Hays tacked on another run via a single by second baseman Addle Vayas to take a 4-0 lead. "We were more focused to- day," said Hays head coach Aar- on Fuller, who saw all nine of his batters step up to the plate in the second inning. "We stressed fo- cus after we did not swing the bat well at Lockhart. During practice this week, we emphasized stay- ing on top the ball, stop putting the ball in the air and just stay focused." However, the Lady Buffaloes moimted a rally in the next half inning, scoring two runs off of ace pitcher Leal. The damage could have been worse, if not for the strong arm of center fielder Hannah Ramsey, who prevent- ed a third rtm from crossing the plate by heaving a preci- sion throw to home to record the second out of the inning. "I knew there was a mimer on sec- ond (base)" said Ramsey, who reacted after a Clemens' batter hit a double. "So, I knew that I was going to have to get her out at home. (The ball) hit off of (Vayas') glove, and went right to me. I am confident in my arm, so I just made the throw." PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Karina Rocha rounds third base as head coach Aaron Fuller sends herto home plate in the Lady Rebels' ten-run rule victory over Schertz Clemens. huge. R really took the wind out "Great teams don't just get scored on of (Clemens') sails, which is ex- actly what we needed to do." Leal, who finished with eight and just take it. They always come s eou ontheaffemoon, shut down the Clemens' offense in back the next inning." thefinaltwoinningsofplay.Aid- hag the effort was flashy defense -Aaron Fuller, Hays Head Coach by the Rebel infield, especially Gonzales, who dove to snag a Haysexitedthetopofthethird "I did not think it was going line drive at first base to prevent with a 4-2 lead, but momentum over the wall," said Gonzales, a hit in the foul~ inning. had shifted into the Lady Buf- who felt she did not get full con- Finishing the season on a faloes favor. Between innings, tactontheball."Butit(wentover strong note becomes the most Coach Fuller gathered his team thewall),andallIcouldsaywas, important attribute for Hays. to ensure his team could shake 'heckyeah.' It was exciting." The focus beams directly on off Clemens' rally. 'Anytime Gonzales' homemn opened the Rebels' final two games of we give up some rtms, I tell the flood gates, as the team be- the season. "We reallywant that (my kids), 'great teams answer gan to consistently pick apart district championship," said back,'" Fuller said. "Great teams Clemens' pitching staff, particu- Ramsey. who felt that the loss to don't just get scored on and just larly starter Samantha Moore. Lockhart gave the Rebels"mort- take it. They always come back Hays went on to score seven vation" to claim the district title the next inning." more runs in the third, with the As playofftime nears, the Reb- Sure enough, the Rebels en- team batting around the order, els are keen on ensuring they do tered the top of the third ready All told, Hays sent 22 batters to not look too far ahead of sched- to answer the call. First baseman the plate during the second and ule. "We are not looking forward Clarissa Gonzales took Fuller's third innings, to the playoffs yet," Fuller said. words to heart, as she led off ; "Our kids did a good job of "We still have business to take the inning with a monster solo making adjustments," Fuller care of in district. We just have home-rim to right center field, said. 'Answering at that point to take it one game at a time.We increasing the Rebel lead to 5-2. after giving up the two rims, was just need to stay focused." BY ROBERT WHITMER The first run for the Lobos was scored off of a double by sports@haysfreepress.com Jacob Urea to put the Lobos only down four in the bottom The Lehman Lobos faced off of the third. The other two against the Kerrville-Tivy Ant- runs were scored on an error lers at Lehman High School. by the Tivy shortstop in the The L0bos ended up on the bottom of the fifth to make it losing side of this affair with a 5-3 and that's as close as the final score of 11-3. Lobos would get. Tivy scored Tivy jumped on the Lobos six more runs - four in the early by getting runners in sixth inning and two in the scoring position with timely seventh - to make the final hitting and scoring them with score 11-3. consecutive squeeze bunts. Lehman fails to 12-13 overall Tivy got up early and never (4-6 in district). The next game looked back. The Lobos never for the Lobos is against Lock- got closer than two runs. hart on Friday in Lockhart. PHOTO BY BRUCE RUCKEL Lehman Lobo Aaron Scheckler follows through with a pitch during the Lobos' loss to Kerrville Tivy. i BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com COMING UP Hays High's next ac- tion is against Boerne Champion 7 p.m. Friday at Rebel Baseball Field It was an up and down week for the Rebel baseball team, but Hays came out on top Tuesday, displaying another example in hitting prowess, driving in 15 runs in the first and second innings, as the Rebels sent an addi- and decimating Seguin 16-0 tional 15 batters in their next in just five innings, at bat. Ten runs were scored In midweek action, the by Hays in the second, aided Hays Rebel baseball team byfourMatadorerrors.High- split their April 3 and April 6 lighting the second inning contests.April3 sawthe Reb- barrage was third baseman ets roUt Lockhart tO~O in five Dalton Niles, who bmughtin innings; however, the team three runs on a double to the dropped their April 6 game right center field wall in his to Schertz Clemens 3-1. second a~-bat of the inning. Tuesday night, the Reb- "Everyonewaspatient, get- els jumped out to a quick ting their pitch to hit," Stud- start, as senior center fielder dard said, describing how Granger Studdard drove in well Hays keyed on Seguin the game's first run via an pitching. "We did a good job RBI double to the left center of driving the ball well, and field wall. "I saw that they keeping the ball from being had a shift on, pulling me to batted down by the wind." the right," said Studdard, ex- Aiding the Rebel effort was plaining his approach at the pitcher Tyler Woodmansee, plate. "I just waited for an who completed all five in- outside pitch, stayed patient nings, striking out seven and drove it to left field." Matador batters. While he Studdard's double provid- struggled with control is- ed the groundwork for a tor- sues in the early going, his rent of Rebel runs. Five runs ability to recover and record crossed the plate on five hits outs kept Seguin from string- in the first inning, as Hays' ef- ing together a big inning. 'At forts allowed the team to bat first, I was not quite focused," around the order, sending 11 Woodmansee said. "How- batters to the plate. The of- ever, I began to throw first fensive outburst continued well into the second inning, See HAYS BASEBALL, pg. 2B BY RAFAEL MABQUEZ over to first base. The run- ner was still a few feet away sports@haysfreepress.com from first, but first baseman Lauren Pizzini dropped the The Lady Lobos softballball and the runner was ruled team lost to the Seguin Mata- safe on first. dors 2-5 Saturday, after being That's when the momen- ahead 2-1 until the sixth in- tum changed. ning. With the bases loaded and What happened in the renewed energy, the Mata- sixth inning? That's when dors went into full attack whatshould'vebeenagimmemode. Seguin left fielder catch by the first baseman Alyson Tovar hit a double was dropped. That dropped that went just past the glove ball ended up costing the of Lehman shortstop Aleza Lobos four runs and subse- Ruiz and into no man's land. quentlythe game. Seguin scored two runs off The Lobo defense was fir- that play alone. ing on all cylinders and not Segnin scored an addition- giving up any easy runs. An- ai two runs before Lehman gel Cruz, the starting pitcher, third baseman ]tries Hernan- had 11 strikeouts and pitched dez caught a pop fly to close the entire game. out the inning. Several times in the game, During their turn at bat, the Matadors managed tothe Lady Lobos managed to load the bases, but walked load the bases, but they were away with nothing to show not able to convert any runs. for it. The game ended with a At the top of the sixth in- score of Lehman 2, Seguin 5. ning, with two outs already Lehman softball head on the board, and two run- coach Bill Holmes said, "We ners on base, it looked like didn't bring our "A" game ... it would be another case of we played well enough to Seguin not able to convert hang in there but we had six against the Lobo defense, errors which is way too many The Seguin batter hit aagainst anybody, especially choppyballright at Cruz, who Seguin." easily fielded it. Cruz, with Next up for the Lady Lobos plenty of time, threw the ball is Kerrville-Tivy.