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Steele notches second district win of the season.

March 13, 2018 GMT

A three-run home run in a four-run first inning helped propel the Steele Lady Knights to a 7-1 win Friday over the visiting New Braunfels Lady Unicorns for Steele’s second District 27-6A win of the season.

The blast over the left-field fence by Sara Papizan proved decisive for the Knights. Papizan, also the winning pitcher, tossed a one-hitter at the Unicorns, who were never able to mount a challenge of any kind.

The first four batters for Steele scored in the opening inning. Savanna Frieze laced a run-scoring single, plating leadoff hitter Maddie Nunn for the 1-0 lead. With Frieze on first and Jordyn Brooks already on base, Papizan smacked her second home run of the year.

The early outburst is exactly what Steele coach Michelle Uribe wants to see from her young crew.

“We wanted to stay disciplined and jump on them early. That’s kind of been our theme this year, jump out early and get (runs) when we can” Uribe said.


Uribe said Papizan turned in a solid performance on the mound and never let the Unicorns (8-6, 1-2) mount a threat.

“Sara’s been pitching well and we have really been trying to play solid defense behind her,” Uribe said.

Steele (13-8 overall, 2-1 in 27-6A) added two more in the third for a 6-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Lauren Anderson scored Amethyst Torres from third before Alyssa Winter delivered an RBI single, scoring Jordyn Brooks.

Uribe said her staff has tried to instill in the girls the belief that “eventually it’s going to go in our favor if we keep doing the little things right.”

“We’ve tried to learn the lesson that you don’t have to be perfect but just expect to play and be sure you’re doing your best,” the coach said, “and we’ve been coming through with that.”

Uribe fields a young team with just one senior, Nunn, in the starting lineup. “She’s a sparkplug for us out of her leadoff position,” she added.

The Knights are five games above .500 and are looking to advance to post-season play for the first time since the 2014 season. That year they finished fourth in District 28-5A but surprised and upset the Holmes Lady Huskies with a first-round two-game sweep.

A one-game second-round win over New Braunfels propelled the unlikely playoff contenders into round three, where they met up with the 28-5A regular season champion Southwest Lady Dragons, who won the best-of-three series, winning two straight.