VYPE U Behind the Lens: 20-6A District Wrestling Meet
The 20-6 Sharks placed second in District 23-6A and the 14-5-1 Chargers placed third in District 24-6A. The best out of three series for Bi-District was held at Baytown Lee this past weekend.
Springs came out swinging, scoring three runs in the top of the first with RBIs from Jordan Boothe and Hayden See. Despite several base hits from both teams, the next five innings remained scoreless thanks to the pitching of Jacob Wingard for the Chargers and Sebastian Soliz for the Sharks, as well as the defensive efforts of all players. The action picked up again in the top of the seventh when Parker Lee hit a two-run homer to secure Springs's lead at 5-0 before Shadow Creek's last at-bat.
Even with a triple from Dejuan Lewis and an RBI from Juan Guzman, the Sharks were unable to close the gap, and Clear Springs clinched the first victory of the series 5-1.
After the game, Coach Scalise, who is in his first season as Shadow Creek's head coach, said, "We're playing a good team. It's one of those things where they're good, we know it, Springs is always good. Playing them is always a battle—it's one where the kids come out and play. For us, we had a bad inning in the first inning. Not even a bad one, they just hit the ball a little bit and we just didn't respond offensively. When we don't respond offensively, we don't have a chance. I'm proud of them though. They hit the ball hard, they hit pretty much right at people the entire game, and they made great plays. The team that makes the plays and pitches wins."
Coach Scalise's plan to bounce back? Wash off the first one. Scalise believed his players were mentally tough enough to erase the first loss and give Springs a run for their money on Saturday.
They certainly washed off Friday night's game.
Saturday's game was another slow start, the score resting at 0-0 until the bottom of the third where Clear Springs busted out two runs. However, the Sharks stayed persistent and disciplined, scoring eight total runs in the fifth and sixth innings with the help of a home run from Aidan Griggsby. Springs refused to let them get away with their 8-2 lead, answering in the bottom of the sixth with six runs to tie the score 8-8.
With a scoreless seventh inning, Game 2 came down to extra innings. Both teams battled hard, but an unanswered 2-RBI double from Shadow Creek's Sabian Hernandez in the top of the ninth ended the game with a final score of 10-8.
In a do-or-die Game 3 thirty minutes later, Shadow Creek started with an early lead 5-0 by the end of the second. Despite the success of Clear Springs at the plate in the fifth and sixth innings as they brought the score to 5-4, another run in the bottom of the sixth for the Sharks increased the lead to 6-4. The Chargers were unable to close the gap in the seventh, ending the game and securing Shadow Creek's spot in the Area Finals.
Post-game, VYPE caught up with Coach Scalise:
VYPE: How did you adjust in the second game to pull out the win in extra innings?
Scalise: The kid's just played. They fought. We went up 8-2, gave up six runs in one inning to make it 8-8, then brought in our Game 3 starter just to try and get a win to get to Game 3, and he threw really well. I think at that point, our kids just wanted it more than them.
VYPE: What was the main difference you saw in your team's mindset and performance from the start of the series to the end?
Scalise: Experience. There's no doubt about it. I talked to the kids about the game being too big for them in the moment, and there were some times where the game was just [very] overwhelming. I talked to the guys, and I think we had about six that had playoff experience. Some of them had never even been in a playoff game, much less a 6A playoff game. I've said it since the beginning of the year, 6A baseball is completely different from 5A baseball, and that was a really big series for our kids. I think being in the moment, understanding what a playoff atmosphere is really like, knowing that they can get it done because we've done it all year, and the mindset of 'they're better than them.'
VYPE: How do you plan to take the energy from this win into Round 2?
Scalise: I told the kids, enjoy the win tonight and Sunday, start thinking about Round 2. Round 2's going to be just as tough, maybe even tougher. We're playing a really good team. Energy for us is not doing anything more than we've done all year. Our playing is the same, our practice playing is the same, our mindset is the same. The only difference at this point is if you win you advance, if you lose you go home. I'm a big believer in having our kids loose, having them relax, me being relaxed, and my coaching staff being relaxed. If we can do that, then our kids can do that.
Shadow Creek will face off against Summer Creek, who swept Deer Park in Bi-District, on Thursday, May 13, and Friday, May 14 for a spot in the Regional Quarterfinals.
MC Torn has some swagger.
The freshman at Second Baptist School exploded onto the TAPPS private school scene, scoring 17 goals in 10 district games… as a defender.
"I'm 5-foot-11 and always the most physical person on the field," she said. "When I'm playing defense, no one is getting past me. 50-50 balls? I'm going to win those, every time. I want to use speed, skill, and athleticism to lead the defense to shutouts and also contribute on offense, of course, by scoring on corners, which I absolutely love. But equally as important is distributing the ball from the back, whichis my focus on any team I play on."
Torn stars on Albion's ECNL '05 team that plays nationwide and is basically a portal for future DI soccer players.
"I grew up in a competitive family that enjoys sports, all sports" she said. "My dad loved football and my mom was an All-Conference heptathlete at Texas A&M. I am right in the middle of five kids, with two older sisters and two younger brothers, there is always something fun going at our house. I actually started playing soccer on my older sisters' team when I was like three-years old. I always played up."
Torn played basketball, volleyball and ran track until high school, but she is clear, soccer is her passion and her future as she will be a high-major DI prospect.
"I definitely want to play in college," she said. "Several major schools started watching my ECNL team in showcases in 6th and 7th grade. It was fun to look over and see the college coaches decked out in their school gear watching our games, but the recruiting rules are different now. With the NCAA rule changes, I can't get offered until my junior year. The quiet period is supposed to be over June 1st. I look forward to having the college coaches back out at our games this summer at Nationals in Florida. My goal is to play in a Power 5 conference. I just want to find the coach and program and team that would be the best fit."
So, who inspires her?
"I remember watching players like Barbara Olivieri (Tompkins) at my club when I was like eight-years old," she said. "Just seeing girls who played at my club for Ben and Rafa, my coaches, go on to play on National teams, in the NCAA playoffs, and seeing them on ESPN highlights… that really motivates me."
While she continues to work on her game on the pitch and in the weight room, she also has some time for fun. Her family owns Camp Ozark in Arkansas and is launching Camp OTX in the Hill County this summer. "I love to be outside all the time," she said. "I'll be at camp this summer when I'm not training in Houston."
So, what is she working on?
"I want to continue to develop my game out of the back, always improving my ability to dribble in traffic and pass balls with precision to our midfielders and forwards" she said. "I'm continually working on transitions up the field – understanding how and where each of my teammates likes to receive the ball."
Well, we aren't betting against her.
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