• Harper junior Clare Porter is about to make contact with a pitch during the Ladyhorns’ 6-2 loss to Normangee in Game 1 of a Region IV-2A semifinals series on Thursday at Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop. Harper dropped Game 2, 12-6, to lose the series in two games. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

Harper softball ends season in regional semis

Harper softball couldn’t find its groove as the Ladyhorns dropped the first two games in a best-of-3 series with Normangee in the weekend’s UIL Region IV-2A semifinals.

HHS lost its first game to Normangee 6-2 on Thursday, then came up short in the second contest played Saturday by a 12-6 margin.

Both games were played at Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop.

“We struggled in both games,” said HHS head coach Scott Vasquez. “We never played our game and Normangee did. They (Normangee Lady Panthers) were very good.”

Normangee will now face Shiner in the regional finals later this week in a series that’ll determine who moves on to the Final Four.

In addition to No. 1 seed Harper, District 29-2A runner-up Sabinal was knocked out of postseason action by Shiner 7-0, 11-1, over the weekend.

Vasquez praised the Ladyhorns for doing “a great job of working hard to earn the program’s fifth district title and earn the sixth consecutive trip to the post-season. This team did a lot more right throughout the season than they did wrong.”

The coach went on to admit his team will miss “four amazing people in seniors Julie Krebs, Kaycee Duncan, Logan Menzies, and Mercy Garcia. Those four contributed a lot to the success of the program the last four seasons and continued with many of the traditions established by the teams and players that came before them. It’s going to be very hard to find replacements for them.”

Normangee 12, Harper 2

Game 2

The Panthers clubbed out 14 hits and took advantage of seven Harper errors to grab the second game of the series, 12-6, and earn a trip to the Region IV finals against Shiner later this week.

Tied at 1-1 after one inning, Normangee rattled off four runs in the top of the second to take a commanding 5-1 lead. In all, the Panthers used two walks, one hit batter, two fielder’s choices, and a pair of singles during their productive second frame.

“We could never do much to help ourselves whether it was defensively to get off the field, or offensively just finding a hit,” Vasquez said.

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The contest proved to be unusual for the Ladyhorns in that the typically heavy-hitting Harper bats were not to be found as HHS managed only three base hits throughout the game while scoring six times.

“Again, just like in Game 1, the Lady Panthers’ athleticism and experience was just too much for the Ladyhorns to overcome,” Vasquez said in summing up the weekend’s playoff action. “So, for the fifth season in a row, the end of the road for the Ladyhorns came in the region aemifinals.”


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