Greater Helotes Little League Softball coaches and players embarked on a dream three years ago. They hope to build a dynasty to represent Helotes. A group of young ladies aged 9 at the time marched onto the diamond not realizing their destination with history.
With on State Championship win any athlete, town, coach or fan has reason to celebrate. To defeat you opponent, to perform at near perfection can daunt even the most professional athlete. For a special group who do not have their driver’s license, ability to attend prom or homecoming, or attend an R rated movie winning a State Championship can seem impossible. However, Olivia Ball, Madison McKay, Jada Munoz, and Angelina Guerrero winning one State Championship seemed unreal. Repeating as State Champion in 2014 seemed surreal. Now in 2015, the opportunity to three-peat appears on the horizon.
The major league and the 10-11 team won the district championship undefeated and these four individuals have spent their All Star career as undefeated athletes. Each team advanced to sectionals. The 10-11 team fought against Natalia and retired their opponent in two games.
The major team fought against Eagle Pass in the first game of sectionals, and defeated the Eagle Pass team. The team made short work of the game against Fredericksburg establishing a rematch against Eagle Pass in the finals. Eagle Pass provided the closest scare for the major team as the girls needed seven innings to retire the Eagle Pass team with a score of 3-2.
Maddie McKay and Olivia Ball expressed,” This has been a great experience.” Ball added, “We have to stay focused and keep our heads in the game. We are starting to feel the pressure but if we maintain focus and not get off track we can win our games.”
Jada “Jet” Munoz added, “We have to be ready for anything. I have to get the ball and make the play. For majors our hits or out there.” Munoz plays shortstop for the Major’s team.
Angelina Guerrero offered, “I want to make sure I catch the fly ball when it comes to the outfield.” Guerrero plays Centerfield.
In the Eagle Pass “Jet” will remembers the last play for team. “The game was on the line. We had 2 outs, the score was tied 2-2, and Coach told me to go. I went. I was safe. At first the Umpire signaled safe, but said out. My heart was pounding. I was able to score the winning run.”
The Major’s team had at least 2 out rallies in the game against Fredericksburg. During the first inning the score tied 0-0 and the Major team was down two outs when the bats came alive. They would score at least six runs in the inning. During the second inning the team created another 2 out rally.
McKay remembers her 8 pitch inning. She retired three batters with only 8 balls thrown. Ball added her 3 pitch inning as a memorable time for the team.
However, players and parents talk about the final out of the Eagle Pass game. There was a pass ball pitched and batter sends ball to centerfield. Ball (centerfielder) catches the pass and then throws to Jackie Kirkpatrick (catcher) for the double play and to end the game with the Majors 3-2 victory over Eagle Pass.
Guerrero remains in a unique position. If her team, Helotes 10-11, wins the State tournament she will be the only player to win 3 back-to-back State Championships for her age group.
Ball, Munoz, McKay will be three-peat State Champions if they Major’s win but one will be for a different age group.
All the girls share the same goal—winning the State championship and representing Helotes well.
If the Majors win State, they advance to the Regional tournament to be held in Waco. They must win the Regional tournament to reach the World Series held in Portland, Oregon.
In first game action, the Majors beat Crawford 5-1. The 10-11 team lost to Gateway Laredo 7-0 in the first game of the tournament.
The Majors continued winning in the tournament against Alice with a score of 15-2 and will face Crawford Sunday in the Championship game. The game is scheduled for 9am.