Walk off

Piper Shearer is swarmed by teammates at third base after hitting the walk-off triple to finally beat Ingleside in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate softball team (#1) went into extra innings Tuesday, March 23 against Ingleside and scored the first run of the game in the 10th inning. A walk-off triple by freshman designated hitter (DH) Piper Shearer brought in two Lady Pirates and defeated the Lady Mustangs 2-0 at home.

RFHS remains undefeated in district play with a 5-0 record and a 16-1 overall record.

Through nine innings, Ingleside’s pitching staff made life tough at the plate. A normally high-scoring RFHS offense was left struggling to make it to first base.

Nonetheless, starting pitcher Siarah Galvan was also doing her best to make sure no one in an Ingleside uniform touched first base. Galvan pitched all 10 innings for RFHS. She threw 120 pitches, allowed three hits, struck out 23 batters, and allowed 0 walks.

Even though RFHS’ offense had been struggling all game, Galvan never lost confidence in them and knew they’d eventually find an answer.

“I knew they were going to come through for me. So as long as I kept pushing and not allowing runners to get on or not allowing them to hit hard, we would get the win,” said Galvan.

That answer finally came in the 10th inning by way of freshman.

With runners on first and second, DH Piper Shearer broke through for RFHS and sent a winding ball deep into right field for a walk-off triple.

Lady Pirates swarmed Shearer at third base.

“It was her time,” said Galvan. “She was due, and she pulled through big.”

Shearer kept her approach in her last at-bat as simple as possible.

“Hit strong, keep my head down, be confident, be aggressive,” said Shearer.

RFHS Head Softball Coach Melissa Reyes was ecstatic for her team postgame and for her freshman DH.

“That’s what Piper does,” said Reyes. “She’ll get on, she’ll get two strikes on her, and then she’ll surprise you with a walk or come through with a hit and that right there was just huge.”

With RFHS still ranked as the #1 4A softball team in the state, Reyes said the target is firmly on their backs, and every team is going to bring their best to try and take them down. She said Ingleside did just that.

“It wasn’t our best game, but the thing about this team and what makes them special is they don’t quit, they don’t give up,” said Reyes. “They find away. And that’s what they did tonight. They found a way to finish on top.”

RFHS played at Sinton Friday, March 26. Their next game is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 against Calhoun.

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