The St. Thomas High School baseball program has a recent history of deep playoff runs, having been to the TAPPS state tournament nine times in the last 10 seasons while capturing titles in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2017.
If the 2021 regular season is any indication, the Eagles may soon be contending for another state championship.
The Eagles won both of their district games last week, an 8-3 win over rival St. Pius X on April 20 and 5-1 victory over Katy St. John XXIII, to clinch a district championship before losing 6-5 to Waltrip in a non-district matchup on April 24. St. Thomas won four of its last five district games to clinch the title.
Texas A&M commit Will Rizzo hurled a 112-pitch complete game on April 20 against SPX while striking out nine hitters. Offensively, Peter Corbett and Colin D’Elia had two RBIs apiece for the Eagles (18-10-1, 9-3 district) against the Panthers, while Corbett also scored twice and stole two bases.
In other private school action, Kamare Shorts drove in both runs for Lutheran High North in a 21-2 loss against Beaumont Legacy Christian Academy, which dropped the Lions to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in district play.
St. Pius X lost 1-0 to Kelly Catholic on April 22 and beat Katy St. John XXIII 7-0 on Monday, leaving the Panthers at 16-12 overall and 5-7 in district play.
In public school action, the Waltrip Rams are closing in on a third consecutive district championship after a perfect week. The Rams pitched a pair of shutouts over Madison by scores of 23-0 and 1-0, then beat St. Thomas 6-5 on April 24.
The Rams were 15-7-2 overall and 10-0 in District 23-5A entering play this week. They held a two-game lead over second-place Northside ahead of scheduled games against the Panthers on Wednesday and Saturday, and could clinch the title with a win.
St. Pius X’s Lady Panthers continued to roll with a 20-3 win over Concordia Lutheran on April 22 before finishing off district play with a 25-0 win over Katy St. John XXIII on Tuesday.
Alexis McGregor, Emily Dear, Jennifer Schmalz, and Victoria Hunter had two hits apiece for SPX (18-9, 10-0) against Concordia Lutheran. Hunter drove in three runs, while McGregor, Samantha Fox and Olivia McGee had two RBIs apiece.
Six Lady Panthers had at least two hits against St. John XXIII, with Hunter homering twice and driving in six runs while Emily Dear had a homer and three RBIs.
Waltrip’s Lady Rams are 9-2 on the season and in district competition after a pair of wins last week. They defeated Houston Austin 22-7 on April 20, then shut out Milby 4-0 on April 24 for their third consecutive victory, and sit in second place in District 23-5A.
The Heights Lady Bulldogs (13-6, 10-2) were idle last week and will enter postseason play as the District 18-6A champion. They were slated for a non-district game against Homeschool Christian Youth Academy on Tuesday afternoon in their regular-season finale.