FW Temple Christian 13, FW Calvary Christian 9
The Eagles scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to beat Calvary Christian in a TAPPS Division 4 state semifinal game on Wednesday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Temple Christian (17-6) looks for its first softball state championship when it plays Hallettsville Sacred Heart (19-4-1) at 3 p.m. Thursday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Sacred Heart beat San Marcos Hill Country Christian 12-1 in the other semifinal.
Temple Christian got the early jump with a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Calvary error. But Calvary tied the game a half inning later with a Myah Cortina RBI triple and RBI sac fly from Gaby Guevara.
An inside the park home run from Jordyn Utter gave Calvary a 3-2 lead in the second.
The Eagles regained the lead at 4-3 in the fourth on back-to-back RBI walks by Graci Green and Jenna Velasquez. The Conquerors tacked on six runs in the bottom of the fourth sparked by a bases-clearing triple from Cortina. A Temple Christian error pushed Calvary’s lead to 9-4.
A Hailee Ledgerwood RBI singled pulled Temple Christian within 9-7 in the fifth. Then the Eagles got an RBI double in the sixth by Arabella Hernandez to make it 9-8. A three-run triple by Velasquez and RBI single by Taylor Rodriguez gave the Eagles a four-run cushion. With one out and the game-tying run at the plate, Green got back-to-back strikeouts to send Temple Christian to Thursday’s title game.
FW Southwest Christian 3, McKinney Christian 2
Texas Tech commit Trendan Parish struck out 13 batters in six innings and Michael Hull scored on a passed ball in the top of the seventh to send the Eagles past the Mustangs in a TAPPS Division 2 state semifinal game on Wednesday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Southwest Christian (23-11-1) clinches a spot in the state title game for the first time since winning in 2003 to take on Houston Lutheran South (21-9-1) at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waco ISD Stadium.
Lutheran South beat The Woodlands Christian 1-0 in the other semifinal.
With the one-run lead, Parish got back-to-back strikeouts and a ground out to second send the Eagles into Thursday’s championship showdown.
Parrish didn’t allow a hit and walked two batters on 82 pitches.
The Mustangs led 2-0 in the second before Southwest Christian tied it in the fourth on a two-run double from Parish.