Rizzo pitches Eagles into TAPPS regional final

St. Thomas’ Will Rizzo reacts after a strikeout. The senior pitched the Eagles into the TAPPS regional finals with a complete game on Monday. (Photo from St Thomas High School Twitter)

In what has been a strong farewell tour during his senior high school season, St. Thomas starting pitcher Will Rizzo put up another ace performance earlier this week to help the Eagles advance in the TAPPS 6A Division I playoffs.

Rizzo, who is committed to Texas A&M, pitched a complete game Monday night against Beaumont Kelly Catholic to lead St. Thomas to a 3-1 victory and move the Eagles one step closer to a 10th state tournament appearance in 11 years. It was Rizzo’s third complete game this season, two of which have come against the Bulldogs. Rizzo gave up one unearned run while striking out eight Bulldogs on 89 pitches. He held Kelly hitless over the final four innings, doing enough to make three early runs stand up and help St. Thomas (19-11-1) into another regional final.

The Eagles are scheduled to play San Antonio Antonian Prep (26-9-1) on Thursday, with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

St. Pius X fell 1-0 to Antonian Prep on Monday to end its season. The Panthers finished the 2021 campaign with a 15-13 record.

Lutheran High North lost 16-3 to Lucas Christian Academy in the first round of the TAPPS 3A Division IV playoffs on April 30, ending its season with a 3-8 record.

On the public school circuit, Heights is entering the playoffs as District 18-6A’s fourth seed. The Bulldogs dropped a 10-1 decision to Bellaire on April 27 before taking down Houston Austin by a score of 11-1 Monday in a final playoff tune-up. Heights (10-15) will play District 17-6A champion Cy-Fair (23-8) in a best-of three bi-district series beginning Friday.

Waltrip, meanwhile, clinched the District 23-5A title with a 16-0 win over Northside on April 28 before the May 1 rematch was canceled due to inclement weather. The Rams finished the regular season 16-7-2 overall and 11-0 mark in district play. Waltrip will play Angleton in the first round of the playoffs at 5 p.m. Friday.

Scarborough enters the playoffs as District 23-4A’s champion after going 14-8 overall and 13-1 in district competition. The Spartans will play Navasota, District 24-4A’s fourth-place finisher, in the opening round.

Softball

In public school action, Heights kept its season alive with a first-round sweep of Stratford by scores of 10-4 and 1-0 on May 1. The Lady Bulldogs (15-6) will play Katy (15-2-2) - the District 19-6A champion and defending Class 6A state champion – in a best-of-three area-round series beginning this Friday.

The Waltrip Lady Rams saw their season end at the hands of Fulshear in a 6A bi-district series last week, losing 14-0 on April 29 and 21-1 on April 30 to finish their season at 9-4. St. Pius X’s Lady Panthers beat Katy St. John XXIII 19-0 in Tuesday’s area-round matchup to move on to the TAPPS 6A Division I regional final. The Lady Panthers (19- 9) will next San Antonio Antonian Prep.

The Lutheran High North Lady Lions dominated St. Gerard Catholic 26-6 last week in the opening round of the TAPPS 3A Division IV playoffs. LHN was scheduled to play St. Paul Catholic in the second round Tuesday night

This Week’s Playoff Schedule

BASEBALL

Class 6A Bi-District

Heights vs. Cy-Fair

Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday, Cy-Fair HS

Game 2: 30 minutes after Game 1

Game 3: 7 p.m. Saturday, Delmar Stadium, if necessary

Class 5A Bi-District

Waltrip vs. Angleton

One-game playoff: 5 p.m. Friday, Delmar Stadium

Class 4A Bi-District

One-game playoff: Scarborough vs. Navasota, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Navasota HS

SOFTBALL

Class 6A Area Playoff

Heights vs. Katy

Game 1: 5 p.m. Friday, Katy HS

Game 2: 30 minutes after Game 1

Game 3: noon Saturday, Delmar Stadium, if necessary

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