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Dominating Brock gears up for UIL Class 3A softball tournament

Brock sophomore catcher Anarenee Beyer, center, celebrates with teammates Katie Severson, right, and Bailey Ray, background, as the Eagles defeated Palmer in Game 2 of the best-of-three UIL softball 3A regional quarterfinals on May 14.
Brock sophomore catcher Anarenee Beyer, center, celebrates with teammates Katie Severson, right, and Bailey Ray, background, as the Eagles defeated Palmer in Game 2 of the best-of-three UIL softball 3A regional quarterfinals on May 14. Special to the S-T

Two more wins would give Brock a perfect 10-0 postseason record. It would also give the Eagles their second state title in program history.

Brock (37-3) is back in Austin for the UIL state softball tournament for the first time since 2010.

First up is Colorado City (32-8) in a Class 3A state semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday at McCombs Field at the University of Texas. West (34-7) and Santa Gertrudis Academy (29-9-1) are in the other semifinal. The 3A final is 6 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s special to be back,” said senior Cara Tolar. “I’ve experienced this school making it to multiple state tournaments in different sports and softball was ready to be right there with them.”

“When I was little, I used to go to every one of the games when Brock won state and just dreamed of being just like them,” sophomore Mattye Tyler added. “I can’t believe that’s becoming a reality.”

Brock has rolled through the postseason, outscoring foes 70-15 in eight games, including 6-2 and 10-0 wins against Peaster the Region II final last week.

“We knew we couldn’t let up even though we had already beat them twice in district. We had to play our best,” said Tyler, who had a home run in Game 1 and threw a one-hit shutout in Game 2.

Tyler and Tolar are Brock’s 1-2 punch. Against Peaster, Tolar struck out 10 in Game 1 and had three RBIs in Game 2.

“This team has the ability to get punched in the mouth and punch right back,” Tolar said.

Brock has won 19 consecutive games. With two more wins the Eagles would join the 2009 team as state champs.

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