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Sanger’s state run ends in semifinals against defending champ Calallen

AUSTIN – Making the trip to state for the first time since 2001, the Sanger Indians’ magical playoff run ended in the Class 4A semifinals, 8-1 against Corpus Christi Calallen on Thursday at UT’s McCombs Field.

Sanger, which won the 3A title 23 years ago, ends 32-3.

Calallen (38-7) will face Liberty in a title rematch at 4 pm Saturday.

Leala Kloewer allowed nine hits, walked six and struck out three for the Indians. But the junior pitcher put together an incredible season – finishing with a 26-4 record.

Sanger, the visiting team, did start the game with a lead off walk to Kyley Cochran, but Calallen pitcher Jordyn Thibodeaux got three straight outs to end the frame. The Wildcats scored a half inning later on an RBI triple from Alaunah Amarez.

The Indians again reached to start the second with a walk to Dalilah Millan but couldn’t score after back-to-back fielder’s choice and a pop fly to short. Then Calallen tacked on four in its second inning with a two-run single by Brookelynn Meador and a two more on a Sanger throwing error.

Lily Wilson got Sanger’s first hit of the game with a two-out single in the third. MaKynna Meeks followed with a walk and both advanced into scoring position with a double steal. But Thibodeaux got a grounder to second that ended the threat.

Meador doubled in the fourth and scored on a single by Megan Geyer.

Another run came home on Sanger’s second error and the lead grew to 7-0.

After a weather delay, the Indians scored their only run int he top of the sixth when Abby Chapmond doubled to center that scored Harley Miller. Kloewer led the inning with a hit by pitch and Miller came in to courtesy run. She advanced to second and third on a grounder and drop third strike.

Geyer hit an RBI double for Calallen to make it 8-1.

Thibodeaux allowed five hits, walked one and struck out eight for the Wildcats.

Sanger beat Pampa in two games last week to win the Region 1 championship.

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