TOP SPORTS STORIES OF 2019: #9 – Odessa High softball/baseball advance to Regional Semifinals


As 2019 comes to a close, we’ll be taking a look at some of the Basin’s top sports stories of the year.

Odessa High softball and baseball fans were treated to a memorable spring, highlighted by several dramatic moments.

First, the Lady Bronchos softball team defeated El Paso Franklin in the Bi-District Round.

In the Area Round, Odessa High won back-to-back games over Abilene High to keep their season alive. Christabelle Aguirre delivered a walk-off home run in the deciding game to lift the Lady Bronchos to victory.

After sweeping district rival Midland Lee in the Regional Quarterfinal, Odessa High battled V.R. Eaton (Fort Worth) in a one-game Regional Semifinal match-up.

The Lady Bronchos fell behind 6-1 in that game, but stormed back with a 7-run 5th inning to take the lead. Eaton regrouped quickly and won the contest 24-8.

Meanwhile, the Odessa High baseball team delivered some dramatic moments of its own. The Bronchos just did make the postseason after a 4th-place finish in their district.

Once the postseason began, OHS maintained its no-quit attitude.

After sweeping El Paso Socorro in the Bi-District Round, Odessa High won back-to-back games over San Angelo Central to extend its season.

The Bronchos were once again tested in the Regional Quarterfinals – this time by El Paso Montwood.

The Rams won the first game of the best-of-three series (8-5) and led 6-4 going into the bottom of the 6th. The Bronchos scored 7 runs in the inning, winning that game (11-6) and the decisive Game 3 shortly after (13-1).

Odessa High then had an opportunity few teams ever get to experience.

On May 24th, OHS faced Southlake Carroll in a one-game playoff at the Regional Semifinal. The game was played at the Texas Rangers’ home stadium, Globe Life Park, in the ballpark’s final season.

Southlake Carroll won that game, 6-0. It marked the first time since 2009 that Odessa High baseball had advanced that far in the postseason.

Permian Basin’s Biggest Sports Stories of 2019

9. Odessa High softball/baseball make postseason runs

10. Permian basketball advances to Sweet 16

Honorable Mentions:

  • Andrews girl’s golf wins ninth-consecutive State Championship
  • Wink volleyball advances to State Semifinals
  • Rankin football advances to State Semifinals
  • Midland Lee football outlasts Arlington Lamar in Area Round
  • Midland High alum McLane Mannix plays in first season at Texas Tech

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