The Baylor softball and soccer teams are the last two Raider squads to join the Spring Fling party next week, winning sub-state or quarterfinal round games Friday. Baylor will now have representatives at all seven state championships.
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Baylor 12, Briarcrest 0. The Baylor softball team took a big step toward returning to the Spring Fling, beating Briarcrest handily 12-0 in game one of a best-of-three sub-state series Friday afternoon.
While Raven Jones earned the win in the circle, she also had three doubles and three RBI at the plate. The Raiders pounded out 12 hits including a three-run homer from Syd Berzon. Katie Raper was 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI, Ace Sellers was 2-for-2 with two RBI, Holly Merritt doubled, and Morgan Sharpe, Addi Yates, and Cadashia Collins added singles.
Baylor 18, Briarcrest 1. Game one proved to be just a warm-up for the Baylor bats, as the Raiders had 16 hits including five home runs in an 18-1 series clinching win, punching their ticket to yet another Spring Fling.
Ace Sellers was 3-for-3 with two home runs in the same inning and drove in five runs. Morgan Sharpe was 4-for-4 with a homer, a double, and three RBI, Addi Yates was a perfect 2-for-2 including a home run, and Katie Raper had a three-run homer. Raven Jones was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI, and Cadashia Collins, Kylie Henderson, Britt Barton, Riley Oleksik, and Kaylee Snyder had hits.
Baylor, 24-1, advances to next week's state tournament where they'll try for a sixth straight state championship. The Raiders had 13 state titles.
The double elimination state tournament begins Wednesday with Baylor taking on Chattanooga Christian. See the tournament bracket here.
Baylor 2, CCS 0. The Baylor soccer team will also be at next week's spring fling, using two second-half goals to advance with a 2-0 shutout of Chattanooga Christian Friday.
After a scoreless first half, Gui Gragnano gave the Raiders a lift scoring off the end line at the 54th minute. A late corner kick at the 70th minute was finished by David Danquah for the final margin. Baylor put 15 shots on goal. Raider keeper Zach Ubamadu needed only three saves in the Baylor net thanks to outstanding play by Eric Fossen, Jake Kellerhals, Nathan Lemus, David Mitchell, Hunter Miller, and Aiden Yelton.
"We knew going into this game that Coach Smith would have CCS really organized defensively," said Baylor coach Curtis Blair. "Gui created something out of very little and it opened the game for us. I was very proud that we kept the clean sheet. CCS keeper Eli Honeycutt did a fantastic job for them in goal."
Baylor, 11-4-2, will be going for a ninth state championship, the sixth D-II title, at next week's Spring Fling. The Raiders take on Father Ryan in a semifinal matchup on Wednesday. See the tournament bracket here.