Americas softball set for first trip to Sweet 16 since 2012
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Only one Borderland softball team at the high school or college level still remains in the playoffs: the Americas Trail Blazers.
Roxanne Luna’s team beat Midland High School in a three-game series last week in the Class 6A Regional Quarter-Finals to advance to the Regional Semi-Finals – the Sweet 16 – for the first time since 2012. The Trail Blazers have consecutive Sweet 16s. in 2011 and 2012.
They did it with a balanced offensive offense and solid throwing and alignment on the other side of the coin. In the regional semifinals, the Americas will face South Grand Prairie in a three-game series, which begins Thursday at Lubbock Christian University.
The Trail Blazers like their chances to get the job done.
“They remind me of us. A lot of Central Texas teams don’t think much of El Paso teams. We always show on the pitch what we can do, our potential and our skills,” said Luna.
South Grand Prairie beat Allen in the regional quarterfinals and enters the Sweet 16 at 31-2 this season. However, the Trail Blazers are 32-5 after their two wins over Midland High and remain confident.
We have a great team. We have great hitters, pitchers and forwards, so I’m glad it was able to support us,” said elder Sydney Saenz, an Oregon State signee. “I’m glad we were able to make history in El Paso.”
The regional semi-final series begins Thursday with the first game at 8:00 p.m. CT at Lubbock Christian. Game 2 is Friday at 6:00 p.m. CT, with Game 3 following immediately after, if necessary.