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+ Blanco Vista Elementary Library hosts Pan African Conference. - Page 3B HaysFreePress.com May 22, 2013 Page lu Hays softball players Hannah Ramsey (left), Addle Vayas (background) celebrate with Maddy Shannon (center) after the Corpus Christi Moody on May 16-17. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III (right) and Michelle Pesina Lady Rebels' series win over BY MOSES LEOS III ing 1-0 victory in a true defensive battle. Big plays kept Hays one step sports@haysfreepress.com ahead of the Lady Trojans, includ- ing when Lady Rebel right fielder Everything seemed to be going the Brayden Pinckard rocketed a laser way of the Hays Lady Rebel softball beam to catcher Haleigh Madden, team in their Regional Semifinal se- tagging out a Moody base runner in ries with Corpus Christ Moody. Hays thee first inning. managed to take game one and was The Lady Rebels earned the only just one away from sweeping the se- run of the game in the fourth inning. ties. Hays pitcher Sarah Leal was sound Then the bottom fell out. throughout, allowing only seven hits Moody rallied in the bottom of the and striking out four in the game. seventh inning of game two, forcing a However, in the fifth, with two outs third and decisive contest on Friday and two on base, Moody center field- night, er Kayla Serrato walloped a sure-fire Despite the devastating loss the extra base hit to d~ep left field. Traci nightbefore, Hayspersevered, rallying Green made a running snag to end back from a two nm deficit in game the Lady Trojans' final threat of the three to claim the Regional Semifinal contest. series from the Moody Lady Trojans. Game two saw Hays jump out to Hays advances to the Regional Final, an early lead. Two errors in the top of where they will meet up with Leander the second allowed Hays to score the on Memorial Day weekend, first run of the game. In the top of the In game one, Hays claimed a thrill- third, first baseman Clarissa Gonza- lez brought in third baseman Maddy Shannon via an RBI single, giving Hays a 2-0 lead. Yet the Lady Rebels struggled to ad- just to Moody pitcher Brittany Mar- tinez. Her style frustrated the Lady Rebels, who made contact but saw their hits directed to Moody defend- ers. As a result, Hays left runs on the base paths. In game two, Hays left ten runners on base; they stranded 18 for the series. Martinez's pitching was the crux of the Lady Rebels struggles. "She was not the best pitcher we've seen all season, but she kept us off- balance and kept us from hitting to our potential," Ramsey said. Hays managed to keep its 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh. With a nmner on first, and two outs, Hays only needed one out to secure the sweep. See HAYS SOFTBALL, pg. 2B ii BY CHARLES DEE '~, sports@haysfreepress.com The 2013 Rebel baseball team wrote a new chapter in the Hays High book of playoff ~ctories with a thrilling rally ~in the bottom of the seventh ~.,,aweep the Clemens ~uffalos in the regional quar- terfinal series. -Rebel highlights were few and far between in the first six innings as Clemens pitcher J.J. Elkins held the Rebs in check while the Buff offense built a 4-0 lead with two runs in the first, a run in the third and seemingly an insurance run in the top of the seventh. But the Rebels, who went nine consecutive games de- cided by the last at-bat during the season, did not give up. Ii'ailing 4-0, Justin Montana drew a leadoff walk. Alex Rob- les looped a single to right. Two on, nobody out and a glim- mer of hope rippled through the Reb dugout. J.C. Cerda moved Montana to third with a ground ball that forced Rob- les out at second. Pinch run- ner Gibson Hatch stole second with Granger Studdard at bat. Studdard was safe at first on a Buff miscue that allowed Mon- tana to score and left runners at first and third for cleanup hitter Dalton Niles. Score now 4-1, Niles ripped a double off the wall that plated Hatch and moved Studdard to third. With the score at 4-2, the tension of the moment had the crowd in a frenzy. Clemens changed pitchers to face Devin Palm, who greeted him with a seeing eye ground ball that eluded the glove of the third baseman to score Studdard. An alert Athen Schultz, run- ning for Niles, sprinted home PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Hays High pitcher Tyler Woodmansee looks in for the sign from his catcher during the first game against Clemens last Thursday. The Rebels baseball team will face Corpus Christi Moody in the regional semifinals following a close win in the playoff against Clemens. with the tying run when the brought Adrian Acosta to the Acosta also relieved starter and will face perennial power Buffalo throw to the plate plate with the bases loaded, Alec Swofford in the third and Corpus Christi Moody. skipped away from the catch- one out, and the winning run allowed no earned runs and The Regional semi-final er. With the score sitting at 4-4, atthird. Acosta battled to a 2-2 a single hit through 4 and 2/3 round will be played at San with Palm on first, Nate Scott count, fouled off strike three innings to gain the win on the Antonio Burbank High School. added to the excitement with a twice and delivered a clean mound. Game one is at 7:30 p.m. Fri- single to move Palm to third, single up the middle to start The Rebels earned a berth in day, and game two, and if nec- Clemens chose to inten- the Rebel pandemonium of a the regional semifinals for the essary game three, will begin tionally walk Justin Diaz and 5-4 viGtory, fourth time in school history at 4 p.m. Saturday. BY MOSES LEOS III us achieve that. Success brings athlete to truly succeed. success. His success was on the "My goal at Huston Tillotson moses@haysfreepress.com field." is to try to get a starting spot on Sansom continued to praise the team," he said. "I just have Lehman High School senior the work of his senior forward, to keep working hard." forward Eli Guajardo took one mostly Guajardo's ability to In addition to making the more step forward in his career, work alongside freshman for- starting 11, Guajardo aims to as he signed a letter of intent to ward Diego Garcia. grow both on and off the field. play soccer with Huston Tlllot- "Ell shared his accom- "I also want to pass all of my son University in Austin. plishments with Diego classes and to stay on track (to Guajardo completed a re- (Garcia); their complimen- get my degree)," Guajardo said. markable senior campaign, tary attack set records," "On the field, I want to get big- helping the team reach the Sansom said. "They were out ger, faster and stronger, both third round of the playoffs and there to have fun playing the mentally and physically." ~winning the first team district game." Also in attendance were ~;championship in school his- Guajardo showed quiet Huston Tlllotson head coach :tory. poise during the May 13 cer- Marco Gutierrez and assistant For Lobos head coach Jay emony. But his ear-to-ear smile coaches Joshua Reyes and Sansom, Guajardo was instru- throughout the ceremony re- Cesar Silva. Guajardo's deter- mental in keeping the team fo- vealed his excitement under the mined aggressiveness on the i cused and on track, surface, pitch drew the interest of the i '~fter last year, we could have 'Tm excited for today," said Rams head coach. "been complacent. However, our Guajardo. "Eli has the height to play for- ~motto was to keep moving for- However, the senior under- ward at the college level," Guti- 7ward. Ell personified that mot- stood that reaching this level errezsaid."Hisabilitytoholdthe ~to," Sansom said. "(Ell) helped means he must progress as an ball and work off of people are PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman senior forward Eli Guajardo with Huston Tillotson head soccer coach Marco Gutierrez (left) and Lehman head soccer coach Jay Sansom (right). great assets. His ability to score "Wehad agreatteamthissea- goals is also impressive; scoring son. 'All of the games we played 24 to 25 goals is tremendous." were really intense," Guajardo As Guajardo readies himself said. "It truly was a team ef- for the next level, he looked fort this year. I am grateful for back at the Lobos' successful the experiences that have hap- season, pened." PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS Ill Ultimate Frisbee or "Ultimate" as it is called, is a sport that combines the pace and speed of soccer, with the physicality and strategy of football. Hays High School English teacher Billy Norton (left) started the Ul- timate Frisbee club two years ago, wanting to build a greater appreciation for the sport. BY MOSES LEOS III sports@haysfreepress.com Fast movement, quick feet, up-tempo pla~ contact - those terms normally de- scribe a vigorous spring time football scrimmage in the final months of the school year. Yet walking onto the Bar- ton Middle School football field on a Wednesday after- noon, visitors may be sur- prised. The fast and furious play of the Hays High School Ultimate Frisbee club is rem- iniscent of a full-fledged pro- fessional sport yet devoid of pads, helmets and cleats. The Ultimate club, started by Hays High English teacher Billy Norton, is a way for stu- dents and teachers at Hays to appreciate the sport they love, as well as teach it to a new generation of players. "We have been doing this at Hays since last year," Nor- ton said. "We are a very infor- mal group. Formal Ultimate (Frisbee) involves imple- menting plays and schemes. Out here, we have just a little bit of that." Norton, who played Ulti- mate while attending Prince- ton, knows the game is com- petitive. He has seen the sport grow by leaps and bounds. "When I was (at Princ- eton), there were 125 college club teams; now there are 620," he said. " It has really grown in popularity. Austin, Chicago, Washington D.C. - any city that has over 100,000 people normally will have good Ultimate teams." Ultimate is a splice of sever- al sports all in one. It contains See ULllMATE FRL~IF.E, pg. 2B +