Lake Creek softball and baseball teams are back deep in the playoffs

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For supporters of Lake Creek’s softball and baseball programs, traveling to the postseason ballgames has become an annual thing.

For the second straight year, Memorial Day weekend plans may have been put on hold to follow her favorite lions.

Lake Creek opened in 2018, and less than four years later, softball and baseball are the school’s theme for the second spring in a row. The Lions softball team is back in the Region III-5A championship for the second straight season, while the baseball team is once again in the semifinals.

“Everybody’s having fun right now,” Lake Creek baseball coach Jeremy Schramm said Friday night after his team defeated Magnolia. “Both programs prepare the whole year. We come to work in August, everyone is getting down to business and we are working right here for this moment. It’s exciting for Lake Creek.”

The softball team, which ranks No. 1 in both the state and country (USA Today), made two trips to Texas A&M’s Davis Diamond this spring, where it faced Magnolia in the bi-district round and Waller in the regional quarterfinals defeated two weeks later. It took a playoff win in a game against Pflugerville Weiss in a matchup played in between in Columbus, and last week made it a two-day trip to Katy Tompkins where the Lions beat Friendswood.

Traveling for the baseball team wasn’t that daunting for their loyal supporters. The bi-district round was split between home and away games against Magnolia West. The area round was a one-game playoff at Waller versus Austin McCallum. And the regional quarterfinals brought the Lions home for Game 1 against Magnolia and then for Game 2 nearby on the Bulldogs’ home field, which presented itself in an over-the-top atmosphere last Friday night.

“It’s exciting,” said Schramm. “The school climate is great. Everyone is full of energy. We have two teams in the playoffs and our softball team is an exceptional team.”

Both teams are looking to go one lap further than last year, as both failed at that point last year. Granted they each lost to the eventual state champion as Barbers Hill 2021 were the kings and queens of the Class 5A spring sport after winning state titles.

The softball team with a perfect 37-0 will play Santa Fe this week with a spot in the state’s Final Four at stake. The series begins Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at CE King and continues Thursday at the same time and location. Game 3, if required, is Saturday at 11am

“We haven’t seen Santa Fe yet, so they need to study that, especially if they’re only playing one game,” Lake Creek softball coach Michelle Rochinski said Thursday. “We must dig deep.”

The baseball team with a 26-5 mark meets Houston Milby later this week.

Both Lake Creek teams boast NCAA Division I-bound pitching.

Junior Ava Brown, a Florida signing, dazzled around the circle and on the plate. Just last week, Brown was nominated by MaxPreps as a nominee for Player of the Year, along with teammate Maddie McKee, an LSU staffer at Shortstop.

The baseball team has an ace in senior Shane Sdao, a Texas A&M signee who took the rubber in all three opening rounds of the playoffs for the Lions. Baylor signing Jackson Wilkerson, a junior lefter, showed lightning in Game 2 against Magnolia on Friday night.

Lake Creek’s softball roster is crammed with college recruits, including Kalee Rochinski (UTSA Verbal Commitment), Madelyn Lopez (Syracuse), Caelee Clark (Texas Lutheran) and Payton Bauer (LeTourneau). Sophomore Carmen Uribe also made a major contribution.

“I see how they often encourage each other,” Rochinski said of the cohesion of her team. “We don’t rely on one or two people. It was a whole team effort. We’re talking about everyone going to have an off-game, an off-series. But we talk about being perfect, but we know in the real world that we’re not going to be perfect. That’s part of the game, getting outs and hitting. But we also know that the next one behind us should pick us up – more attack or defense.

Baseball also has several strong members in their roster, such as Arkansas signing Sam Lee. The sophomore year was 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs on Friday.

Showing Jaron Lyness (Tyler Junior College), Blake Brown (Sam Houston State), as well as players who have not yet decided on college prom like James Kennedy, Ethan Davis, Ethan Uribe, Samson Pugh, Luke Ekdall and Aiden Delacerda continued good performance.

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