CROSBY – A sixth-inning run for St. Agnes was the difference Saturday as the Bishop Lynch Friars fell just one run short of a fourth state title, falling to the Tigers, 3-2, in the TAPPS Division 1 Championship game.
The Friars finished the season with a record of 24-14-1 and had won 13 straight before Saturday's season-ending loss. Still, the girls put together the best season for the program in five years, when the team won its last state title in 2014.
Bishop Lynch finishes the year with a district championship – the 15th for coach Amy Wheeler – and with no seniors on the roster, expects to return all of its key contributors from a 24-win season.
Gabi Quintanilla doubled and scored in the first inning to give the Friars an early lead, and the girls added another in the third before St. Agnes rallied back to tie the game in the bottom half of the third. Quintanilla finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and both Friar runs.
In the pivotal sixth inning, St. Agnes led off with a single, but quickly got to two outs after a sacrifice bunt and lineout to first baseman Alexis Martinez. It was there – with two outs – that the Tigers delivered the run-scoring single that would score the winning run.
The Friars got into the championship by way of a 7-3 semifinal win Friday over former district rival Nolan Catholic. Another hot start – a five-run first inning – laid the foundation for Bishop Lynch, while pitching and defense did the rest.
The Friars doubled five times in the game, including two by Tabitha Jackson, who also recorded her 20th pitching victory of the season in a strong outing that included five strikeouts and just two earned runs in a complete game.
TAPPS D1 Championship – Saturday, May 18
Friars 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 – 2 6 2
SAA 0 0 2 0 0 1 x – 3 8 1
LP: Tabitha Jackson (20-10) – 6IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0K, BB
2B: Gabi Quintanilla (2)
Record: 24-14-2 overall
TAPPS D1 Semifinal – Friday, May 17
Friars 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 – 7 7 2
NCHS 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 3 6 3
WP: Tabitha Jackson – 7IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 5K, 7BB