Roundup: Playoff-bound Shoemaker Softball Team Next Hosts Leader Lake Belton

The Shoemaker softball team kept itself in the District 22-5A-title conversation Friday with a 19-1 victory over Killeen.


The Lady Grey Wolves (10-1 league) already have their playoff spot locked up but can jump into a tie for first with league-leader Lake Belton when the teams play Wednesday night at Shoemaker.


22-5A softball standings12-6A softball standingsThe Lady Broncos (11-0) are the defending district champions and defeated Shoemaker

5-0 in the teams’ first encounter this season. The Grey Wolves won six in a row since.


On Friday against the Lady Kangaroos (3-7), Kylee Czaplicki went 2-for-2 –– including a home run and a triple –– with four RBIs, Yanimarie Nieves-Iriarry also was 2-for-2 and had two RBIs, Diana Samuelu-Pedro drove in three runs, and Kadence Taylor added a homer for the Lady Grey Wolves.


Kale Clawson got the win in the circle, striking out seven in four innings.


Also Friday, Chaparral rolled past Waco, 20-1. The Lady Bobcats (5-6) currently are in fifth place, two games behind Waco University and Belton –– which are tied for third –– for a playoff spot with three games remaining in the regular season. Chaparral hosts the Lady Tigers on Wednesday.


12-6A baseball standings22-5A baseball standingsThe 22-5A baseball playoff race heated up Friday, when Chaparral (5-3) completed a two-game sweep of intra-KISD rival Killeen with a 12-4 victory. The Bobcats also defeated the Roos (4-4) last Tuesday.


In Friday’s game, a six-run second inning propelled the Bobcats, who got three RBIs from Pablo Chu, and two RBIs apiece from Geno Ybarra and Caden Morrow. Aiden Hurst pitched six innings, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out seven.


Chaparral, which is tied with Shoemaker for third, opens a two-game series against the Tigers on Wednesday in Belton.


The Grey Wolves, who are coming off a 22-1 win over Ellison in which Damian Montanez-Figueroa went 3-for-5 at the plate with six RBIs, begin a two-game set against Waco University at Waco ISD Sports Complex on Wednesday.


Riding a three-game winning streak inside District 12-6A play, the Harker Heights Knights sit in third place midway through the league slate. The Knights (4-2) are coming off a 9-2 win at Temple on Friday that included 12 hits –– two each from Cannon Culp, Michael Saiz, Justice Fortson and Corey McMillan.


The Knights and Wildcats resume their series Wednesday at Harker Heights.