The Coahoma race was special and it has only just begun

Hold your heads up high, Coahoma softball players.

You have made your city citizens proud and captured the hearts of many Permian Basin sports fans with your thrilling run to the state championship game.

The Bulldogettes’ quest for a state championship fell short by one point Thursday as they lost 6-5 to Hallettsville in the Class 3A state title game in Austin.

The loss turned out to be Coahoma’s only defeat in 11 games in the 2022 playoffs and ended an incredible 23-game winning streak.

As a half-full optimist, the Bulldogettes (33-5-1) may be just getting started.

As head coach Alexander Orosco said last Saturday – “Be prepared to hear a lot about Coahoma.”

Coahoma will lose an outstanding senior with the graduation of leadoff hitter and shortstop Madison Rodgers. Rodgers is also a very big loss, as she was a spark plug at the top of the Bulldogettes’ lineup with her ability to hit the big fly.

However, Coahoma will fire nine of its 10 other starters on my tally, which includes sophomore receiver Karleigh Burt, freshman pitcher Hannah Wells, designated freshman/pitcher Avery Rodriguez, second-year first baseman year Brynn Rodgers, junior second baseman Christian Everett, junior center fielder Shae Lang, freshman third baseman Kaedyn Lee, freshman right fielder Nevaeh Kerby and freshman left fielder Baylor Wright.

That doesn’t include second-year pitcher Makayla Calvio, who has won numerous games in the Bulldogettes’ circle this season.

The pieces are in place for Coahoma to make another deep run next year and beyond with five first-year starters, including Wells, who was a double-impact player in his freshman season.

But back to this year’s team, this group has established itself as one of the best high school sports teams in the Permian Basin over the past decade.

The Bulldogettes were the first Howard County women’s sports team to reach the UIL State Tournament since the 2013 Big Spring Volleyball Team and were the first Permian Basin softball team to compete in the state tournament since Alpine’s 2012 state runner-up team.

Coahoma was just two points away from becoming the first Permian Basin softball team to win a UIL state title since Forsan’s state title team in 2009.

The 2022 Bulldogettes also restored a level of greatness to their storied program as their accomplishments brought back memories of a dominant 13-year run from 1996 to 2008 when Coahoma made the state tournament 10 times and won the championship. of State of 1998.

It’s painful and heartbreaking for any team to come close to a championship and fail.

But the good news is that the history of this Bulldogette team is far from written.

It will be exciting to see how this all unfolds in the years to come.

Follow Christopher on Twitter: @chris_MRTsports

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