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Section B + CROSS-CULTURAL A variety of international students come from abroad to study in the U.S. - Page 3B May 1,2013 Page 1B mm BY MOSES LEOS III Five innings was all it took for the Hays Lady Rebels to over- whelm their bi-district playoff opponent, San Antonio Jeffer- son, 12-0 on Friday night. From the first pitch to the last out, Hays dominated the Lady Mus- tangs, and, with an eight-nm second inning, Hays rtm-mled San Antonio Jefferson in the first round of the UIL playoffs. The win advances the Lady Rebels to the Area (second) round, where they will face Ce- dar Park from District 25-4A. The game will be played Thurs- day and Friday, for best of 3 se- ties. If needed, a Saturdaygame will be played. Hays' dominance began in the first inning. After lead-off batters Maddy Shannon and Addle Vayas reached base, se- niors Hannah Ramsey and Cla- rissa Gonzalez followed with back-to-back RBI's. Ramsey golfed a single down the right field line, with Gonzalez manu- facturing a mn via a sacrifice fly, Senior Bmyden Pinckard highlighted the inning with a tremendous RBI triple to the left center field gap, capping off a three-ran first for Hays. "We like to score as many (rims) as we can early on; we want to be aggressive as we can," said Hays head coach Aaron Fuller, about his team's tenacity Help'mgthe LadyReb- els was Jefferson pitcher Mary Loera's style of pitching. "We have worked the last couple of days to hit the style of pitching (Loera) was going to throw at us," Fuller said. "I was pleased at our hitters, the way they made adjustments at the plate and swung the bats. Up and down the lineup, we swung the bat really well." Lady Rebel hitters demon- strated their tenacity at the plate in the second inning. The team sent a total of 12 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on six hits. Pinckard, who finished the night 3 for 3 with three triples, scored two runs on an RBI triple in the second. "Once I saw that meatball, I stayed back and took it the other way," Pinckard said. Patience also played an in- tegral part of the team's big in- ning. "The focus is make good Hays' Haleigh Madden prepares to place a ball in play during the Lady Rebels' contact, to not get too anxious defense, which kept the rare and stay patient," Gonzalez Jefferson base runner in check. said. "Patience is key when bat- 'At the moment, the adrenaline ting~ especially when we are was going," Leal said. "But, I trying to score more runs. We knew my defense was behind just try to do what we do best me." when we are at the plate." Also Hays closed out the contest adding RBI'S in the second were by scoring one final run in the Shannon, who scored two on a bottom of the fourth, as the triple, Vayas, Ramsey, junior Lady Rebels eas'fly moved to the pitcher Sarah Leal and senior next round. designated hitter Michelle Pe- The Lady Rebels plan to con- sina. tinue their blistering run-scor- From that point, Leal's pitch- ing. "Our mentality is to not ing took over the game. Her coast, to not settle on what we ability to control the tempo at have done," Gonzalez said. the plate, continuously flum- Maintaining a high level of moxing Lady Mustang batters, focus during practice becomes helped her strike out eleven on of great importance as the thenight."ljustknewtopound postseason rolls on. "We have the strike zone, and keep 100 to get focused during practice, percent focus (in the circle)," and hope we can play as solid Leal said. 'P=s a pitcher, if you as we did tonight," Fuller said. can do that, you're good to go." Pinckard agreed, adding, "We Leal praised the effort of the tell ourselves to practice how STAFF REPORT The Hays Rebel Tennis team continued their year of success on April 28, as seniors Sam Simo- neau and Katelyn Allred received 2012-2013 Most Valuable Player honors for the Hays tennis team at the Capital Area Tennis Asso- ciation Awards (CATA) banquet. Players receive this recogni- tion based on their results from the year, their attitude and work ethic at practice and their con- tributions to and support of the team. Sam was selected as a co- captain by his teammates, while Katelyn was the Team Spirit cap- tain for the Rebels. Senior Sarah Farrell, a co-captain with Simo- neau, was awarded a CATA schol- arship. Farrell is the first student from Hays High School to receive a scholarship from CATA. In the competition season in the Junior Tour sponsored by CATA, sophomore Dustin Zim- merman was recognized as the top point scorer. Additionally, Zimmerman was tabbed as the Junior Tour winner for the Boys 14's age group. "I am so proud of all of the ac- complishments of these players," said head coach Debbie Cook. "These seniors who are graduat- ing will leave behind big shoes to fill for those returning next year. I am excited that we have a number of players like Dustin who are competing outside of school tennis. It is a help to both their games and our program." Three senior members of the Hays tennis team, (I-r) Katelyn AIIred, nis Association Awards (CATA) ceremony on April 28. PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ 12-0 win over San Antonio Jefferson. PHOTO BY LINCOL RAMIREZ Hays' Brayden Pinckard slides into third base agains S.A. Jefferson. PHOTO COURTESY OF DEBBIE COOK Sam Simoneau and Sarah Farrell, were honored at the Capital Area Ten- PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Junior Rebel catcher Jose Cerda tags out a base runner in Hays' game against Clemens on March 12. Rebs claim share of 27-4A title on senior night BY MOSES LEOS III Playing two games - Friday night's regular season game against Kerrville Tivy and Saturday's de- ciding game on which of the two teams takes second or third in district, the Rebels and Antlers dis- played two very different games on the two days. Saturday's game was at a neutral site. Despite accruing nine hits in the game, the Rebel bats struggled to bring home the rims. Converse- ly, Tivy racked up 13 hits on the day, en route to defeating the Reb- els 8-1. However, Friday's contest be- tween the two teams was entirely different. Where Saturday's game featured a barrage of hits, the reg- ular season finale on Friday saw both clubs interlocked in an old fashioned pitching duel. But, time- ly hitting in the bottom of the sixth helped Hays earn an important 5-1 win over Tivy on Senior Night. The victory gave Hays a share of the district championship with Tivy and Schertz Clemens, all with 9-5 marks in district play. Tivy was the first to place a tally on the board Friday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first in- ning. Hays countered in the bottom of the third with a nm of their own. With two men on base, Devin Palm brought in a run via an RBI single that was driven to center field. The Rebels nearly had a second run score on P~'S single, but a throw from center field caught senior Granger Studdard out at home. The superb pitching styles of Hays' Tyler Woodmansee and Tivy's Payeton Becker were on dis- play all evening long. Both offens- es attempted to generate offensive opportunities, but the command of the pitchers kept batters at bay, It was during the sixth inning that both teams found their of- fensive rhythm. Twy got a runner into scoring position with only one out in the top half. The Rebels were the benefactors of a close call at third base during the at-bat of AJ Rutland, who saw a seemingly fair line-drive down the left field line called foul. Woodmansee and the Rebel defense regrouped from that close moment, shutting down the Tivy threat. "I just know I have to throw strikes," Woodmansee said. "I also know to let my defense do what they do. I am happy at the way they played tonight. They made a lot of great plays." Hays took the momentum from the success in the top of the sixth, and translated it into the bottom half. After Hays began the inning with two straight ground outs, Hays' Nate Scott and Justin Diaz both walked to place runners at first and second. Patience at the plate continued to pay off, as Adrian Acosta and Justin Montana smashed back-to-back RBI sin- gles, giving Hays a 3-1 advantage. Robles continued the momentum by bringing in two runs on an RBI double to deep right center, in- creasing the Hays lead to 5-1 - a lead they did not relinquish the rest of the evening. Keying on Becker's pitching pat- terns, Hays found success. "When you see a pitcher for the third time, you are more familiar with what he throws," Hays head coach David Null said. "Our batters had great at-bats tonight; they were patient, they waited for their pitch. About See HAYS BASEBALL, pg. 2B