A storybook season in softball ended for the Rockwall Lady Jackets with a 6-2 loss to Converse Judson in the Class 6A state semifinals.
The Lady Jackets finished at 31-8 for the season after reaching the state tournament for the first time in school history.
“We’ve been very blessed here in Rockwall,” said Rockwall coach Shadie Acosta before the game.
“We haven’t done this ever, so I think for the first team, us making history and be a part of this, that’s very cool,” said first baseman/designated hitter/pitcher Elizabeth Schaefer.
“It’s a once in a lifetime kind of thing,” said Rockwall senior outfielder Carter Smith.
The state semifinal was scheduled for Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin but was moved to the Grizzly Diamond in Leander because of heavy rain.
Rockwall got off to a rocky start, giving up three runs in the bottom of the first off a lead-off single by Judson’s Keely Williams, a walk, a throwing error on a bunt, a sacrifice fly by Lauryn Ramos and a double by Queenandra Dunn.
Rockwall answered with a run in the third inning on a single by Smith that scored pinch runner Ashley Monks.
But the Rockets countered with three runs in the sixth including singles by Ari Alejandro and Mimi Thornton and a two-run homer by Ramos.
Rockwall didn’t go down without a fight in the seventh. Zoe Quinn tripled with two outs and Smith drove in Quinn with a single before Judson pitcher Emily Ayala retired the last batter. Ayala allowed seven hits and two earned runs and one walk as she improved her season record to 23-1.
Rockwall pitcher Ainsley Pemberton allowed nine hits, five runs and three walks to finish at 25-8.
Smith went 3-for-4 in her last game as a Lady Jacket. She made the all-tournament team.
Brooke Barron, Ava Wallace, Monks and Quinn all had one hit each for Rockwall.
Thornton, Dunn and Alejandro all pounded two hits each for Judson and Ramos drove in three runs.
Judson then lost 1-0 to Deer Park in the 6A finals. Hannah Benavides blanked Judson on six hits while striking out six to earn the most valuable player award for the tournament.
Ayala gave up eight hits and one run while fanning three as Judson finished at 35-3.
Deer Park catcher Erin Perez drove in the game’s only run with a single in the sixth inning as Deer Park improved to 40-8.
Rockwall 16, Rowlett 0
Rockwall 22, Rowlett 5
Rockwall 5, Mansfield 0
Mansfield 7, Rockwall 0
Rockwall 1, Mansfield 0
Rockwall 6, Wylie 1
Wylie 3, Rockwall 0
Rockwall 14, Wylie 6
Rockwall 5, Bridgeland 4
Bridgeland 5, Rockwall 2
Rockwall 11, Bridgeland 7
Rockwall 5, Bryan 3
Rockwall 5, Bryan 4
Converse Judson 6, Rockwall 2