CHS Sandies

Daniel Castillo, the Sandies Softball head coach, speaks to his players after being eliminated by PSJA Memorial in Alice last Friday night in game three of the area playoffs. The Sandies finished the season as bi-district champions and closed out the season second in district with a 26-11-1 record and 12-4 district record. (Jared Van Epps/Wave Photo)

The Calhoun High School Sandies’ season came to an end in the second round Friday in a game three loss to PSJA Memorial, 8-0.

Calhoun took a 1-0 series last Wednesday over PSJA who went undefeated in its district.

The Sandies started off game two with a grand slam from sophomore, Maise Ondreas, to put Calhoun up, 4-0, in the bottom of the first.

PSJA got on the board in the top of third with a two-run homerun from Victoria Gonzales to cut the Sandies lead 4-2.

The Sandies defense prevented PSJA from scoring between the fourth to sixth innings, but in the top of the seventh, PJSA tied the game to forced extra innings.

Calhoun gave up a two-run homerun to give PSJA a 6-4 lead in the top of the ninth giving them the win in game two.

Sandies head coach Daniel Castillo told his players after the loss in game two, that it was going to be a fight and they should would go out there in game three and play better and do what we have to do.

In game three, the Sandies defensively started rough allowing a grand slam in the bottom of the first putting them in a 4-0 deficit.

“They came out hitting and we couldn’t stop them,” Castillo said.

Castillo added that PSJA made some plays and they threw his players out, and got the ball out quick.

This was the final game for starting seniors Zoe Flores, Madison Escobar and Victoria Amador

Castillo said that he appreciated the four years that they gave for the team and he added that all three of the seniors had never missed a practice. He appreciated their hard work and will miss them.

The Sandies will use the series loss to motivate them for next year. Castillo said his team is capable to get pass the next round next year.

“Hopefully they’ll see what they need to do and they’ll participate in a lot of the summer stuff to get better and be able to get pass this round.” Castillo said.

The Sandies finished the season second in their district with 26-11-1 record with a 12-4 district record.


Finals stats of the series:


Game one


Claire Blinka went three out of four, while getting two singles, one double and two RBIs.

Flores pitched all seven innings striking out seven batters, allowing one homerun, two walks and seven hits.


Game two


Ondreas led the team with four RBIs and one grand slam.

Blinka led the team with two hits.

Catherine Hernandez struck out seven PSJA batters and played all nine innings.


Game three


Hernandez struck out seven batters.

Blinka lead the team with two hits.