One week after ending the best season in the history of Parker County rival Peaster, the Brock Lady Eagles' best softball season since 2010 came to an end in the Class 3A state semifinals with a 5-2 loss to Colorado City.
"I'm very proud of our kids and the season we had," Brock coach Ryan Starnes said. "Today just wasn't our day. Colorado City played well and we didn't."
The Lady Eagles did play well consistently throughout the season, however, finishing with a 37-4 record. The loss ended a 19-game winning streak, two shy of winning a second state title and joining the 2009 squad with that honor.
"It was a great run, and that is something we are all proud of," Starnes said. "We came through a tough region and beat some good teams to get here."
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Among those good teams was Peaster, 6-2 and 10-0 in the Region II championship series. The Lady Greyhounds (23-8) advanced the farthest in team history after reaching the postseason for the first time in two decades.
The series came one week after the Brock and Peaster baseball teams met in the third round of the playoffs, a series also won by Brock.
"It's an awesome feeling to play Peaster in the playoffs. It makes getting to state even more special," junior infielder Lauren Lightfoot said.
"This rivalry has definitely intensified," senior outfielder/infielder Blakney Campbell said. "It's good to have this. It's fun."
The rivalry is a friendly one, but an intense one nonetheless, and it stretches through most sports. Peaster does not field a football team (Brock won state).
The Lady Greyhounds bested Brock in volleyball, reaching state. Also, the Greyhounds boys basketball team won district, defeating Brock twice in three meetings, including a league playoff.
The Lady Eagles won district in basketball.
But when they aren't playing each other, they are cheering for each other, said Brock athletic director Chad Massey.
"The kids all get along, some families even go to church together," he said. "There's even examples of kids who have married each other.
"Our ag teachers get along. Everybody's really friendly, and we support each other - except when we're playing.
"It's a competition, no matter if they are playing checkers, basketball or whatever."
Class 3A State Softball Tournament
▪ Colorado City 012 002 0 - 5 10 3
Brock 020 000 0 - 2 6 2
Brock hitting: Anarenee Beyer 2 hits, double; Cara Tolar double; Lauren Lightfoot 1 hit; Blakney Campbell double, RBI; Bailey Wagner 1 hit.
Brock pitching: 7 innings, 10 hits, 3 earned runs, 7 strikeouts, 0 walks.
Brock record: 37-4.