Video: Fast Start Sets Up Angleton Softball’s 2nd State Title

Photo by VYPE Media's Bradley Collier.


Angleton softball won its first UIL state championship in 1994. 25 years later in 2019, the Ladycats added another. They surged to six runs in the first inning of Saturday’s UIL 5A state championship game to set up an 8-1 win against Calallen at The University of Texas at Austin’s Red & Charline McCombs Field.

“We’ve been very close and to finally be able to seal the deal and bring it home, it’s kind of overwhelming right now,” said Angleton head coach Cindy Rubio, who also played for the program during its pre-UIL era. “Pretty exciting for our community.”

VYPE Player of the Game Aaliyah Garcia, who led the charge with nine strikeouts in a complete game pitching performance, kicked off Angleton’s scoring with a sac fly in the opening inning. Ellie Grill, who came home on the play, started the frame with a one-out bunt single, and reached scoring position after Mia Scott’s single and Avery Farr’s walk.

“It’s amazing,” said Garcia. “It’s everything I expected. I’m so proud of my team.”

Haylie Savage then drove in Farr and Scott with her RBI single, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and stole home for the game’s fourth run. Teagan Whitley then walked, stole second, advanced to third on an error, and scored on Mika Hinojosa’s RBI double. Kamryn Pineiro replaced the latter on the bases, and scored after Angel Jasso’s hit to center field.

Calallen tried to answer in the top of the third, but Lauren Mata’s RBI groundout led to the Wildcats’ only run. Kathrine Flores’ walk loaded the bases, after Avianna Gonzalez and Raegan Tennill singled, but Gonzalez was the only player to come home.

Even with that, Angleton added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it an 8-1 game. Grill’s RBI drove in Danieca Coffey, and she scored on Scott’s RBI double.

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