Softball: On Top of the Nation

Softball's Historic Season

May 15, 2019

The 2019 softball season was a historic one for Cedar Ridge, as the team finished the year with a 30-1 record and made a trip to the second round of the playoffs.

Unfortunately, the Raiders’ sole loss came at the worst time of the season, as the Raiders lost a second-round playoff game 3-1 to Oak Ridge. The one-game playoff round was originally a best-of-three series, but inclement weather shortened it to one game.

“Yes, the weather was not cooperating; however this is the playoffs,” head coach Jessica Poole said in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman. “We have to be ready to play whenever and in whatever the situation requires, and we did not do that.”

The Raiders were led by a strong senior class this season, in which they outscored opponents 262-37 in the regular season and won their fifth straight District 13-6A title. All six seniors (Serena Perez, Katy Repa, Victoria McCann, Camryn Middlebrook, Maddie Boldt, Estephania Elliott) will play softball in college.

“The key to the team’s success this season was how close we were. We had very good team chemistry and we all believed in each other,” Elliott said. “We knew that if one person didn’t get on base in the top of the lineup, the bottom of the lineup would come back and find a way to start a rally.”

The highlight of the Raiders’ season was when they were ranked the #1 high school softball team in the nation, according to USA Today.

“It was great, but we tried not to think about it too much. We just tried to play our game,” Lauren Schanz (11) said. “It was nice knowing that we were ranked that high, but we didn’t pay much attention to it.”

Another important accomplishment of the 2019 season was when the team won the Bryan-College Station softball tournament in a field of 64 teams.

“Winning the College Station Tournament was a very proud moment,” Poole said. “Top teams from all over Texas attend and it has been a goal of ours for a few years now.”

“I thought the College Station Tournament was when we really bonded and I realized we had something special going for us,” Perez said.

Despite losing an abundance of talent after this season, the Raiders will be ready for next year, as they have many talented sophomores and juniors. In 2020, they will be led by MacKenzie Pulido (11), Haley Roycroft (11), and Hailey Hall (10).

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