HILLSBORO — The Brownwood High School Eligible softball team went undefeated to capture the Texas Teen-Age Softball state championship over the weekend.
Brownwood defeated Bosqueville in a 3-1 game that was scoreless through the first five innings.
On the mound for Brownwood was Alyson Finnigan, who recorded nine strikeouts while allowing four hits and one run.
Brownwood rallied in the sixth inning, with leadoff batter Shelbi Winstead tripling to left field.
Victoria Sanchez bunted in the winning run on a sacrifice.
After Finnigan allowed her only run in the fifth inning, the Brownwood girls added their last two scores.
Ashley Gomez was hit by a pitch and Kristen Fuentes followed with a hit. Haley Pitts then hit a two-out double to knock in the runs.
The Brownwood team, led by coach Albert Gomez, earned what is believed to be the first TTAS HSE state title for Brownwood. The Brownwood 14U ASA team also earned a state title.
“Half of the girls on this team were on that team,” Gomez said.
Gomez said that he’s excited for the future of the Brownwood Lady Lions with such strong talent going into the pipeline.
“It’s going to be good for a few years,” Gomez said.
The Brownwood girls went into the tournament with one senior, one junior, four freshmen and five sophomores on the team.
“These girls are all hand picked,” Gomez said. “I’ve been coaching most of them since T-ball.”
Six of the players are varsity starters for the Lady Lions.