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,ports @hfplobosports ~[ree WALKER, RN New health services director at Hays CISD - Page 1B April 15, 2015 Page 1B ays over BY RYAN MAYNER : moses@ha~epressiCom A pitcher's duel featur- ing excellent defensive play and a battle of wits between coaches came to a dramatic finish as the Hays Rebels defeated the Lehman Lobos 4-2 at Lobo field Tuesday. Both squads and their fans endured a wild sixth inning and an equally dra- matic seventh flame. Lehman starting pitcher Micah Tambur and Rebel pitcher David Riojas matched each other for five scoreless innings. The tone changed when Hays came up to bat for Hays' sixth frame. Tambur got the first out but then walked two batters in only nine pitches. A Lehman error on an infield single allowed Hays' Athen Schultz to score the opening nm. Another error and then a 2-out RBI double forced a pitching change. Hays immediately jumped on reliever Josh Turk, whose first pitch was nailed for a double, allow- ing Hays to build their lead to 4-0. In total, Hays sent nine batters to the plate. The Lobos rallied in the bottom of the sixth. An RBI-double from Tambur scored Lehman's first run. The Lobos later added a second tally by virtue of an error with the bases loaded. Hays' relief pitcher Ryan Manley halted the rally, forcing Lehman to orches- trate one last chance In the seventh. Back to back walks in the seventh inning put PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ A Hays Rebel baserunner takes to the dirt in an attempt to bypass a tag from Lehman High pitcher Ryan Castillo during Tuesday's Hays-Lehman baseball game at Lehman. Lobo nmners on second out to close the contest. and third with two outs. It Hays holds on to fourth forced the Rebels to go to place in the 14-6A stand- their third pitcher of the ings. The Rebels host An- game, Mike Gonzales, to derson on Friday. Lehman face Tambur. hosts DelValle at home on Gonzales forced a strike- Saturday, Lady Lobo on precipice of state bid BY MOSES LEOS III Just one stroke separat- ed Lehman High sopho- more Hillary Hemandez from a UIL state golf tour- nament appearance last year. Since then, Heman- dez has used that as fuel to reach her goal. By carding a 143 at last weelfs two-day District 14- 6A tournament, Heman- dez is once again a step away from state. Now having reached her second regional tourna- ment In as many years, Hemandez hopes to emerge from the UIL 6A Region II tournament in Waco on April 15-16 with a ticket to state. "I was actually pretty mad. I could have (reached state)," Heman- dez said about missing the cut. "I hope to make it this year." Hernandez's road back to the regional tourna- ment began when she toured with her father in various Austin Junior Golf Association tournaments during the summer. According to Heman- dez, golf within the asso- ciation is at "a higher level than high school golf." Lehman High golf coach Brian Hempel said Hemandez toured as far as Dallas and Houston for tournaments. He said her father, who has helped usher Hemandez Into the golf scene, seeks out "the most prestigious tourna- ments to play in." For Hempel, the work Hemandez put on the golf course has helped improve her skills. While it's taken time, ultimately "playing more golf against better golfers" in the AJGA made the difference. "It's made a big differ- led up ence for her," Hempelsaid. to the COURTESY PHOTO After missing the cut to state last year, Lehman High sophomore golfer Hillary Hernandez seeks to earn a trip to the UIL 6A state golf tournament at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. to being used to high-level competition. Hernandez also gained knowledge of her district competitors; many of them tour and play against each other in the AJGA "It helps (to play against them)," Heman- dez said. "You get to know who you're playing with." Allof the work :'!Sheiss mg atshFcan :district much better t0 c M- touma- After driving her tee shot into the woods, Hernan- dez had no choice but to punch a shot through a narrow four-foot clear- ance. Using her skills, Her- nandez placed her shot within a foot of the cup; she later one- finished with putted for eagle a 74 on day andput herself two, allowing backa strokeof the lead her to finish pack. "That's fourth overall where we are at district, with her," Hempel said. "Her ability level of competition will be a course that will test golf- ers with its length. Hempel said the longer courses will force Her- nandez to use her longer clubs, or irons, to reach the green. Previously, the tactic of drivers and wedges was employed by Hemandez and other district golfers. "When we get there, the pete with them. She's risen ment at to the challenge." Lions It's helped her adjust to Munici- play in 6A; she's taken on golfers from two of the top nine teams in Lake Itavis andWestlake, accord- ing to High School Golf Scoreboard. Included are Lake Travis' Kaitlyn Papp, ranked third individu- ally in 6A, and Wesflake's Kennedy Swann, who is ranked seventh. Hernandez has stood her ground; she is current- ly ranked sixth Individually in6A. She attributes success pal Golf Course in Austin. But thepressure didn't phase Hemandez, who carded a 69 on day one of the tournament. Her day included four birdies. But it also held what some described as a miraculous eagle on a par 5 hole that kept her with the lead pack. That eagle came after Hemandez bogeyed two holes and was three strokes behind the leaders. to overcome adversity... I think that was the one piece we were missing last year when it came to qualify for state." Hemandez finished with a 74 on day two, al- lowing her to finish fourth overall at district. The Region II touma- ment at the Cottonwood Golf Course in Waco will hold several challenges. Included with the higher margin for error is going to compress," Hempel said. "She will be surrounded by a lot of girls that are in the htmt for state." Hemandez's quiet, yet intense demeanor could play a role. Hempel said her temperament "is perfect for golf." Her abil- ity to focus and balance competitiveness with discipline is key, "She knows what it takes to be mentally prepared and she knows how to handle adversity," Hempel said. But for Hemandez, being able to compete agamst some of the state's best while only a sopho- more is gratifying. "I'm proud of myself, actually, to be up there," she said. "I guess it's what I've always wanted, to compete at that level. I'm glad that I am." BY MOSES LEOS III Noriega led the way with three RBIs. Two of those were a result of a two run homerun Having fallen by a against the Cardinals. lone run to the Del Valle Joining Noriega were Cardinals last month, Angel Cruz and Clarissa the Lehman Lady Lobos Rayos who each tallied sought to return the fa- a single. Lehman Highs vor Friday at Del Valle. Gaby Martinez earned An eight run salvo two hits in the game. over a two inning But it was Del VaUe stretch was enough that that jumped out to an the Lady Lobos cruised early 2-0 lead in the to an 8-3 road win. first inning. Lehman "We did what we responded by put- needed to do," Lehman ting the game away in Lady Lobos head coach the second and third Kita Adams said. "Ev- frames. erything came together The Lady Lobo of- ... which is what we've fense exploded for a been learning." four run second inning; Lady Lobo pitcher they added another Karina Reta earned the four runs in the third. win, striking out one It was highlighted Del Valle batter over by Noriega's two run seven innings of work. homerun in the second On the offensive end, junior catcher Kynslee LEHMAN SOFTBALL, 2B PHOTO BY TRACY STIRMAM Westlake Chaparral pitcher Lindsey McLeod focuses on delivering a pitch during Tuesday's district game at Hays Lady Rebel Softball Field. McLeod's dominant seven in- nings was too much for Hays in a 3-0 loss. BY MOSES LEOS III For seven innings Tuesday, the Hays Lady Rebels had little to no answer for Westlake Chaparral pitcher Lind- sey McLeod. Dominance in the circle from Westlake's ace was enough to si- lence Hays' offense in a 3-0 defeat at the Lady Rebel soft- ball field. Hays struggled to combat the effec- tiveness of McLeod, who struck out 11 Lady Rebels en route to a complete game shut- out. Hays Lady Rebel head coach Lisa Cone said McLeod's command allowed her to stay ahead of Hays batters. The speed of her pitches also caught the team off guard. Despite game planning for McLeod's speed, Cone said it took some time to adjust. "We played four or five games where we saw a lot slower pitch- ing that what we saw tonight," Cone said. "We have just got to do a better job on hitting early in the count." Westlake's offense equally struggled against Hays senior pitcher Kara Davis, who rallied past a shaky start to strike out five Chaparral batters over seven innings. But the Chaparrals "We played four or five games where we saw a lot slower Pitching that what we saw tonight. We have just got to do a better job on hitting early in the count." - Lisa Cone, Hays Lady Rebel head coach got the early jump, tallying a pair of runs on two hits in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Aggres - sive pitch- ing was the key for Da- vis. Cone said Davis' use of her off-speed pitches kept West- lake hitters off balance. Strong play from her defense also limited Wesflake rallies. "It takes me at least an inning to get warmed up and com- fortable (in the circle)," Davis said. 'Tkfter that, when I'm on a roll, I'm on a roll." Hays bats soon fell silent as McLeod found her rhythm. Aiding her HAYS SOFTBALL, 2B