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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press April 19, 2017 Hays High senior football player Peyton Steele got quite the surprise Tuesday when Texas Tech interim dean Dean Paul Goebel personally visited during class to present him with a scholarship to the Rawls Business Leadership Pro- gram at the school. Steele is one of only 16 freshman students across Texas that are accepted and offered a scholarship into the pro- gram. Also present at the.. presentation was Steele's mother, Jennifer Steele, Neal LaHue, Hays head football coach and athletic coordinator, Travis Finch, assistant coach, Brent Holcomb, head soccer coach, and David Pierce, ' Hays High principal. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III FARMER Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. 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"It recorded a career-high "If something isn't neyWunsch, who battledhelped us get something 15 strikeouts in a two-hit., working, going back tocommand issues during going." five inning performance, what's working helps,"her four inning outing. Hays now readies for After allowing a Cone said. The Rebels plated what it hopes is a deep lead-offbase hit, Valdez Valdez said having three runs in the second postseason run. Cone settled in and struck out support from her defense inning via an RBI single said the team "learned a the next nine Viper bat- also played a role in get- from Abbie Black-well lot" from the loss to Vista ters in a row. ting out of the game. Use and a two-RBI base hitRidge. But Valdez ran into of her screwball and rise- from Kayln Davis. Hays"It was good to learn trouble in the top of the ball helped keep Viperadded three more runs that we can't take any- fourth inning when the bats in check, in the third frame before thing for granted," Cone Vipers drew a pair of "I just gave myself a breaking the game opensaid. walks and a base hit to boost of confidence that with seven runs in theValdez said the win load the bases with one I could still do it and my fourth inning, meant a lot to the team out. " ...... team was there too," Val- Hays sent ten batters as they continue to play Even when the pres- dez said. "It helped a lot." to the plate and recorded for Aylor. sure was on, Valdez kept While Valdez domi- three hits while drawing "We'll keep playing for cool and calmly recorded nated in the circle, Hays' five walks, her and give it all we've two strikeouts to retire offense found success'At first we were swing- got," Valdez said. Rebel Baseball Continued from pg. 1 B the last two games of the hit it right at fielders, affect Hays as they rolled series, each had great Howard said. pastVandegrift 7-1 in command, threw strikes Hays' luck changed game two. Rebel bats and trusted their defense, in the bottom of the overcame strong Viper Howard said. seventh after Clayton pitching in Game 3 when "They competed on Cathey earned a base hit, Hays' Elijah Saldana the mound and gave their then advanced to thirdripped an RBI double to team a chance to win on aViper error. Massey, left field to score a pair of just by throwing a lot of who last experienced ago-ahead runs en route to strikes and getting ahead walk-off hit in his fresh- a 3-1 win. of counts and mixing man year, squared up on "Every one of these pitches," Howard said. a two-strike pitch to win guys has the talent and Timely hitting also the game. the ability to make a played a role for the "It was nerve-wracking, difference in the game. Rebels during the course You have to do the jobIt's clutch we're having of the series, highlighted so the team can win," people step up in the with a walk-off RBI single Massey said. "But onceright times," Howard said. from Jackson Massey to you hit it, you kind of "When they get their op- win the series opener, know you did your job portunity, they know they Massey's hit, however, right. Feels good whenneed to make the most came after Hays struggled you round first base."of it." to decipherVandeg- Adversity, however, As the Rebels eye a rift pitcher Erik Miller. reared its head the next possible postseason Massey said Miller effi- day when the Rebels suf- berth, Howard said Hays cienfly threw fastballs for fered a bus breakdown has progressed beyond strikes and had a ',good while on the road for a the team with varsity off-speed slider." While doubleheader at Vande-inexperience to start the Hays made solid contact grift, season. with the ball, often they The moment didn't "The big moments matter, no matter what inning it is," Trujillo said. "It could be the first in- ning or the seventh, as long as we can be clutch and do our job." 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. Lobe Softball Continued from pg. 1B and ran my heart out," said Artiaga. lot of built up emotion for real. I just played my heart out for my last time. It was good while it lasted. Wipff capital ed on the regained momentum and struck out two bat- "Considering that we were the underdogs, having that win is bursts all your nerves at once- it's so exciting. I almost wanted to pee on myself." ters in the top of the sixth .... After pitching all seven -Alyssa innings the night before in a game against Lake Martinez, Lobo softball player Travis, Wipff made a . "She did an amazing job. potential game:savingShe is by no means a play in her 14th straight quitter. She goes out and inning pitched, does her job." Following aWestlake With ice covering her triple, Wipff snagged . upper body, Wipff gave a chopper bouncing credit to her teammates toward the mound and - while noting the hard picked off the Chaparral work she has put in with runner on third. Lobo catcher Audri Di- "I checked third, and enhart. I noticed how far off she "Pretty much just was," said Wipff. "I knew working with my catcher how close the score was, - then it's just figuring so I figured if third base- out what was working, man was covering last and what the batters were minute choice I could go . struggling on." said Wipff. one, but I saw the oppor: In addition to her tunity so I just took it." - praise for Wipff, Baggett Perhaps fittingly, said this win was a team Wipff's fifth strike-Ore on effort. the night closed the game "Tonight everybody : and earned a win for did their part, everybody Lehman. made the plays they "Wipff pitched he r needed to make," said behind off," said Baggett. Baggett. "I've been telling them you are perfectly capable of beating any one of these teams out here. You got to start on it early and you have to keep getting through it, have to keep hitting. Forget the mistakes and just keep going and don't let one little thing get you down." With it being Senior Night, emotions were high following this upset win for Martinez. "Considering that we were the underdogs, hay- ing that win is bursts all your nerves at once - it's so exciting," said Marti- nez. "I almost wanted to pee on myself." Although Artiaga's bladder was in check, she admits that this win was special.