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State softball roundup: Deer Park, La Grange take state titles; Hollingsworth sets national run record
Deer Park 8, The Woodlands 2: Sophomore Texas A&M pledge Payton McBride pitched Deer Park to its second 5A state championship in three years by beating nationally ranked The Woodlands (39-4).
Facing a team ranked No. 9 nationally in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, McBride pitched a complete game while allowing nine hits and striking out five. McBride beat The Woodlands pitcher Abby Langkamp (26-1), a Baylor pledge who suffered her only loss of the season.
Caitlin Plocheck homered for Deer Park (39-6) and scored twice. The first five hitters in the Deer Park lineup — Haley Harrison, Miranda Rodarte, Plocheck, Baylor pledge Rhonda Jarvis and Tyler Galena — combined for nine hits, eight runs and four RBIs.
La Grange 7, Van 3: Pitcher Marissa Zoch scattered six hits to finish the season 31-0, and La Grange won the 3A state title.
La Grange (40-2), ranked No. 17 nationally, got a three-run, inside-the-park home run by Kristy Bertsch in the first and led 6-0 after four innings. Hatti Moore also homered.
Ennis’ Hollingsworth sets national record after all
It was thought that going into Saturday’s Class 4A state title game that Ennis junior Julia Hollingsworth (left) needed two runs to tie and three runs to break the national record for runs in a season.
But coach Rodney McNeill said in an email Saturday morning that Ennis coaches discovered they had failed to enter statistics for a regular-season game against Flower Mound Marcus in which Hollingsworth scored two runs. Hollingsworth scored one run in Saturday afternoon’s 10-3 loss to Aledo, which would give her 83 runs for the season.
If verified by the National Federation of State High School Associations, that would break the national record of 82 that had been shared by three players.