Area baseball teams eliminated from playoffs

St. Thomas baseball pitcher Eddie Villegas. (Photo contributed)

The end of the line has come for local high school baseball teams. The area's last remaining teams in the playoffs, St. Thomas and Waltrip, both had their seasons end last week.

St. Thomas was denied a chance to play for its 25th state championship, falling by a score of 5-0 to district rival Tomball Concordia Lutheran in a TAPPS Division I state semifinal on May 12 at Waco ISD Stadium. Senior Will Rizzo pitched a complete game in his final high school outing, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out eight and walking two.

The Eagles ended the 2021 season with a 20-12-1 record and their 10th state tournament appearance in the last 11 seasons.

On the public school side, Waltrip’s season came to a close on May 14 with a 4-0 loss to Santa Fe in the Class 5A area round. However, the 2021 season was still successful overall for a Rams squad that looks poised for another run in 2022.

Waltrip finished the season with a 17-8-2 record -- its most wins since 2011 -- and earned the program’s first area-round berth since the 2012 campaign. The Rams also look to be well-stocked for next season as they graduate just four seniors.

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