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Grapeland Sandiettes fall short, 1-0, Shiner captures 4th State Title

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ashley Shimek capped an unbeaten pitching record with a two-hit shutout as Shiner captured a UIL record fourth state softball championship by beating Grapeland 1-0 on Saturday.

Shimek, named the championship game MVP, improved to 24-0 on the season as the Comanches (32-4) added the title to ones won in 2001, 2002 and 2008.

Shimek and Summer Groholski of Grapeland (27-10) matched five scoreless innings before the Comanches scored on back-to-back doubles by Kristin Schechter and Ryan Michalec to take the 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning.

Shimek struck out five, walked one and hit one, allowing only one Grapeland runner to reach third base. Shiner finished with 20 straight wins and made a record-tying ninth trip to the state tournament.

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