This issue of the Cardinal Sports Report features recaps from Golf, Softball, Baseball, and Track & Field.
After winning the championship title at both district and regionals, the Lady Cardinal golf team finished in fifth place this week at the 2019 UIL 4A Golf State Tournament. Leah Tyner, senior, finished in tenth place overall.
“These girls are champions in my book,” said coach Chris Tyner. “As a coach, you want your players to peak at just the right time, and that’s what they did. I couldn’t be more proud of each of them. Already looking forward to another trip next year.”
The girls’ golf team includes Leah Tyner, Allie Norton, Sydney Norton, Lindsay Bauslaugh, and Kaimberlyn Watts. At regionals, Tyner took third place overall and was named All-Region team alongside Norton. All six of the Lady Cardinals, including medalist Taylor-Ann Price, finished in the top 20 at regionals.
The Cardinal golf team also took first place at regionals and will advance to the state tournament next week for the first time in school history.
The boys’ team includes Xavier Bighaus, Walker Eanes, Chandler Barch, Matt Brown, and Nathan Foster. Bighaus took third place overall at regionals and was named All-Region team alongside Eanes and Barch.
Coach Tyner added, “I made up a word this year to help us focus on our goal of making it to the state tournament. The word was ‘Wintality’. The idea was to make sure our focus was on having a winning mentality all year. This included our attitudes, thought process, practice habits, encouragement to one another, and being selfless. The teams embraced ‘wintality’ this year and showed it in a big way this week. There couldn’t be a more proud coach in the State of Texas right now.”
The Melissa Lady Cardinal softball team defeated Aubrey last weekend, claiming the program’s first regional quarterfinal win. Later this week, the Lady Cards will play Paris North Lamar in the regional semifinal. Game times and locations are listed below.
The community is invited to help “Pack the Park” on Thursday at the Melissa Sports Complex.
The Melissa Cardinal baseball team will play Sunnyvale later this week in the regional quarterfinal in Princeton. Game times are listed below.
Last Thursday in Game 1 against Kennedale, the Cardinals got things started in the first inning when Coy DeFury singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. Kennedale knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the second inning. Taylor drove in one when he singled. Melissa pulled away for good with three runs in the third inning. In the third, DeFury doubled on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs. Tyler Womack drew a walk, scoring one run.
Sam Crain pitched Melissa to victory. He surrendered two runs on six hits over six and two-thirds innings, striking out five and walking zero. Hayden Schafer threw one-third of an inning in relief out of the bullpen. Schafer recorded the last out to earn the save for the Cardinals.
Game 2 followed on Friday. DeFury went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Cardinals in hits.
Hayden Schafer threw a no-hitter to lead the Cardinals past Kennedale 11-1. Schafer was credited with the victory for the Cards. He lasted five innings, allowing zero hits and one run while striking out one.
Melissa tallied eight hits on the day. Schafer, Tyler Womack, and Isaiah Segovia each had multiple hits for the Cardinals. Melissa tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Trevor Brooks led the way with two.
The Melissa High School track and field teams competed on Saturday at the 2019 UIL 4A Track & Field State Meet in Austin. Sophomore Judson Greer won two gold medals and broke a state record held for the last 29 years. Click here to read more about the Cardinals’ trip to state.
Online registration is open for the Summer 2019 Cardinal Camps. The summer camps include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, colorguard, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.
To learn more about each camp and register a camper, visit www.melissaisd.org/camps.
Maddie Coe, Community Relations