AUSTIN — For the fourth straight year, the Brock softball team qualified for the state tournament. And for the fourth straight year, the Lady Eagles will leave Austin with a bittersweet taste in their mouths.
Falling 4-2 to Emory Rains in Wednesday’s Class 3A semifinal at McCombs Field, the defeat marked a streak of four straight BHS seasons that ended in the state semifinal round, with previous losses coming to Colorado City in 2016 (5-2), and Santa Gertrudis Academy in 2017 and 2018 (8-2 and 5-0).
Chanlee Oakes tossed a complete-game five-hitter with four strikeouts to lead Rains (33-1), which advances to Thursday’s state title game with top-ranked Hallettsville (37-1) at 6 p.m. at McCombs Field.
“We left too many on and didn’t have timely hits. The game can be cruel like that sometimes,” Brock coach Ryan Starnes said. “But this team had seven goals coming into this season and reached six of them. That’s impressive. One of our goals was to get back here when nobody thought we could and we did that. We’ve got a lot of things to be proud of.”