Area All-Stars gear up for finals showdowns

Minor Softball

El Campo 7, Washington County 14

SEGUIN, Texas – Manager Kevin Flisowski saw it before the game. In a do-or-die situation, his group of girls were once again motivated and determined not to have their season end short of a Texas East state championship. And certainly not to a team that handed them their only loss of the season.

Backed behind Caroline Schroeder’s four-hit performance, Washington County beat El Campo 14-7 here Tuesday. The win sets up a 6 p.m. showdown tonight that will determine the state championship.

“It was a real good win last night,” Flisowski said. “Those girls, they were very motivated last night.”

El Campo handed Washington County its only loss of the season on Sunday, which sent the Minor All-Stars to the loser’s bracket. Since then, Washington County has responded by outscoring its opponents 22-7 in the following two games.

Schroeder, for the second consecutive game, led the Washington County offense. Coming off a game where she hit an out-of-the-park home run Monday, Schroeder cranked out four hits against El Campo.

Karleigh Flisowski, Haley Santleben and Braylee Koehl followed suit with three hits. Molly Voskamp, Alea Smith and Kyndall Womack each had two, and Delaney Knebel and Kyndal Coufal each had a hit.

“They came out and hit the ball,” Kevin Flisowski said. “We hit it hard, in the gaps, all over the place.”

El Campo threatened an early Washington County lead by putting across four runs in the bottom of the third to make it a 5-4 ballgame.

It didn’t take long for Washington County to respond.

Washington County crossed six runs in the top of the fourth to widen its lead. In the fifth, the team added three insurance runs.

Womack started the game in the circle for Washington County, throwing 3 1-3 innings. She was relieved by Karleigh Flisowski. Voskamp closed out the game in the circle.

Bailey Siemsglusz and Tatum Smidovec anchored the Washington County defense.

“The girls, they were pumped up,” Kevin Flisowski said. “They were bound and determined to win this game.”

The two teams will duel it out again tonight at 6 to determine the Texas East state championship.

10 Year Old Baseball

Lamar National 5,

Washington County American 9

TYLER, Texas – In the first inning of their rematch against Lamar National, the Washington County American All-Stars scored more runs than they did the entire first game.

The three-run opening frame set the tone, and the offense continued to produce for the American All-Stars in a 9-5 victory that puts them in the finals against Pearland just two days after losing their first game in the state tournament.

Starting pitcher Evan Aschenbeck allowed two runs to score in the first inning, but the three-run first inning gave Washington County the lead.

“All I told the boys was that we had to win the inning,” manager Paul Aschenbeck said. “If they score one we have to score two and so on.”

Evan Aschenbeck threw 4 1-3 innings with six strikeouts on 75 pitches, leaving him unavailable to pitch the rest of the tournament.

“Going into the game we told him we need a good four innings out of you, and he did that,” Paul Aschenbeck said.

Evan Aschenbeck, Jackson Corn and Aaron Kohring will be unavailable to pitch tonight, but Corn and Kohring can go tomorrow morning, if needed.

“We’re sitting OK for pitching,” Paul Aschenbeck said. “You make due with what you have and we’ll see what we can do. If we have to play tomorrow, Kohring and Corn will be available. It worked out for us.”

Washington County’s offensive output was the effort of the entire lineup, as eight players collected hits, including multi-hit games from DeAndre Lockett, Stephen Draehn and Jake Olson. Alldyn Schroeder produced in a more subtle way, sacrifice bunting two runners over that would later score.

Outside of the sixth inning in which the defense made “some miscues” that led to Lamar National’s final three runs in the sixth, Paul Aschenbeck said the team played well on defense.

“Sometimes when you get beat 17-2 in the game before you doubt yourself, but they didn’t,” Paul Aschenbeck said. “They came out loose and played well.”

Washington County will play Pearland tonight at 6. If Washington County wins, there will be a second game tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Other Scores

Junior Baseball

Jasper 10, West University 0

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