Belton, Texas (KTRE) - The Chireno Lady Owls are one win away from the school’s state championship.
The Lady Owls beat Borden County 14-8 in the 1A semifinal Friday.
Chireno’s lone senior Kayla Durrett got the scoring started in the first with a controversial double. Durrett’s hit seemed to clear the outfield fence but was ruled against. Still the hit brought in two runs. Chireno and Borden County would both find the scoreboard in the second inning to bring the game to 3-1.
“There is no doubt that was a homerun for Durrett,” Giff Durham said." We had four officials. You can see it was a home run. You can see it on the highlight. They said it hit off the fence."
Still in the third, Durrett would get her home run, a solo shot to left extending the lead 4-1.
“That was her second one on the year,” Durham said. “We think this was the first home run hit at state ever in 1A.”
The bottom of the third was not kind to Chireno. The Lady Owls had several errors in the inning that led to Borden County scoring 6 runs to take a 7-4 lead.
“We had the bad inning and I said, Hey ‘we were down 11-2 to Chester earlier,’” Durham said. “I said you battle until the end and that is what they did today.”
With their backs against the wall, the Lady Owls knew they would need a big inning. Down 8-5 in the seventh. The bats would come alive and Chireno scored nine runs in the inning to take a 14-8 lead into the final half inning.
“Even though we were up six I knew this was not over,” Durham said. “I was still nervous.”
The Chireno defense would hold and the Owls will now play D’Hanis at 9 am on Saturday for a state championship.
“I try to just take every game the same way,” Durham said. “We just got to play every inning, every pitch, every at bat. Just battle and give your best. I am kind of boring. I say the same thing. I know this is a bog game but it is just the next game.”
“This has been special,” Durham said “It was evident by today. Tomorrow we will have more fans tomorrow. This will be the first state championship any team at Chireno has had. Maybe tomorrow we can bring that home.”