AUSTIN — Anna’s season came to a close Saturday with a loss to Huffman Hargrave in the Class 4A state finals at McCombs Field.
By a count of 12-0, Hargrave’s Lady Falcons (38-7-1) earned their second Class 4A state championship in five years. Eventual title-game MVP Katy Janes struck out 11 Lady Coyotes and allowed one hit — a fifth-frame bunt-single by Shelby Dombrowski.
“I told them to enjoy it,” fourth-year Lady Coyotes head coach Lindsey Gage said she told her team of the experience. “It’s something that a lot of people never ever get to experience. I told them to have fun and enjoy the moment.
Anna pitcher Hannah Howell finished with seven strikeouts. In Thursday’s semifinals, the Lady Falcons defeated Fredericksburg, 4-0, while Anna downed Decatur, 6-4 to get to the title game.
“Coming to Anna brand new this year and kind of knowing the lineage of where we were last year as the softball program … then getting to Austin and just never quitting — it was really an amazing thing,” Anna ISD Superintendent Michael Comeaux. “I’m so appreciative for what they’ve done, not only for the team but for the community and the kids. It’s been a great inspiration for us.”
Anna High athletic director Jason Heath said the district and the community are proud of what the softball team accomplished this year. “We’re so proud of them — the community, the district, all the players and coaches — for what they did, the excitement they created to finish out the school year,” Heath said. “And for being able to come together as a team and work together and not worry about who’s getting the credit for it. … Everybody was excited. Everybody was pulling for them. We had a great turnout. People driving down here wanted to be a part of this. These girls deserved our support and they gave us a lot to cheer and hope for the last several months.”
Anna High girls athletic coordinator Tomika Crosby said the team made history.
“It’s been exciting to watch the fans and watch the little girls get excited about softball — and watch the community get excited about Anna ISD,” she said. “I’m thankful that I’ve been a part of it and I’m thankful that these girls have done what they’ve done. … That was awesome to see [the Anna crowd]. We were hoping people would come out. And I saw people that had kids that graduated years ago that played on the softball team.”