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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - The Bryan softball team won its Bi-District playoff opener over Waxahachie 9-3 Wednesday night at Davis Diamond on the Texas A&M campus. Jessica Adams was dominating across the board. The senior pitcher, that has signed with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, strikes out 16 as she becomes the program’s all-time strikeout leader. At the plate, she goes 3-4 with four RBIs including a 2 run homerun and 2 run triple. Bryan jumped out to a 5-0 lead after scoring 2 runs in the first and 3 more in the second inning. Adams played a part in the first run that Bryan scored. She drew a throw to second base on a delayed steal that allowed Alexis Rodriguez to score to make it 1-0. The best of three series now switches to Waxahachie. Game two will be played at 5 pm on Friday. If a third game is necessary it will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of game 2. Copyright 2021 KBTX. All rights reserved....

4/29/2021

Bryan High School News

Jessica Adams’ navy jersey could have easily been mistaken for maroon in her record-breaking performance at Texas A&M’s Davis Diamond on Wednesday night. The senior pitcher broke Bryan’s school record for career strikeouts with her 651st in the third inning, leading the Lady Viking softball team to a 9-3 victory over Waxahachie in Game 1 of their best-of-3 series in the Class 6A bi-district playoffs. Game 2 is set for 5 p.m. Friday at the Waxahachie Sports Complex with Game 3 to follow if needed. Adams pitched a complete game, striking out 14 and allowing six hits. She finished the night with 662 career strikeouts. “I was a little nervous, but after the first inning I was good to go,” Adams said. “The main thing was I just had to sling it basically. I know I had to keep them guessing the whole time.” Adams stranded six runners with her biggest escape coming in the third with the bases loaded. Waxahachie (12-11) scored on two sacrifice bunts to cut Bryan’s lead to 5-2, and Adams later walked a batter to load the bases. But she ended the inning with a strikeout that set off a sign of relief in the Bryan dugout. “When it came down to clutch time, she came up big,” Bryan head coach Enrique Luna said. “We needed that strikeout. It was huge for us. That’s what a senior leader does and she trusts [Jacque Adams] behind the plate and what we’ve been telling her over and over again.” Waxahachie tried the squeeze bunt tactic in later innings, but Bryan allowed just one more run in the fifth on a passed ball. “We kept seeing that they were doing the same pattern over and over again, so we just had to play the bunt,” Jessica Adams said. Jessica Adams also went 3 for 4 with a home run, triple and three RBIs. Her two-run homer in the sixth sailed over the scoreboard in left field and pushed Bryan ahead 9-3. “We needed to do a better job to finish, and for her to get that home run there at the end, that’s what we talked about before we came out,” Luna said. “We needed to finish strong if it was our last at-bat.” Bryan (28-8) had 11 hits with Kylie Hernandez and Ailee Freeman each going 2 for 3. The Lady Vikings got started early with five runs in the first two innings. Leadoff hitter Alexis Rodriguez scored on a throwing error, and Freeman singled to center to bring in pinch runner Martha Alvarado for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. In the second, Bryan rattled off three runs with two scoring on Adams’ triple to deep right field. Two batters later, Hernandez ripped another triple to right field to bring in Alvarado. The Lady Vikings added two more runs in the fifth on two singles to left field that forced a pitching change by Waxahachie. “I just told them to keep at it,” Luna said. “The biggest thing I told them was to take a deep breath. We brought them over after [Waxahachie scored two] and said, ‘Everyone just right here, calm down for a minute.’ I thought we were pressing too much and trying to do too much.” Waxahachie’s starting pitcher Kylee Raney worked 4 2/3 innings, striking out five and allowing 10 hits and seven runs. Sam Jimenez pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits and two runs. Bryan 9, Waxahachie 3 Waxahachie 002 010 0 — 3 6 1 Bryan 230 022 X — 9 11 2 W — Jessica Adams. L— Sam Jimenez. Leading hitters: BRYAN — Jessica Adams 3-4; Kylie Hernandez 2-3; Ailee Freeman 2-3....

4/29/2021

Bryan High School News

When Jessica and Jacque Adams step on the field, it’s a full on family affair. The twin sisters make up Bryan’s pitcher-catcher duo that has been nearly unstoppable this season. The seniors helped lead the Lady Vikings to their first undefeated district season since 2006 as they went 14-0 in District 12-6A play, winning six games by run rule. Jessica has a 0.73 ERA in the circle with a 21-6 record thanks in part to her trust in Jacque’s knowledge of each batter, something they say sets them apart from other batteries. “Throughout the years we have high expectations for ourself,” Jessica said, “so if we’re not up to that expectation, then we need somebody else to say, ‘Hey, you need to be up here and you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do.’ It’s nice to have someone there to say, ‘Hey, step it up.’” Jacque calls pitches for Jessica and said she tries to pick up on small movements from batters that could be game-changers. “When I’m watching film or I have the scorebook of the other team, it really helps me on what to call with these batters and knowing what the plan is,” Jacque said. As much as they rely on their strong bond, the sisters aren’t afraid to push each other, especially during tight or stressful games. They needed the extra push in their April 9 matchup against Killeen Shoemaker as Jessica pitched nine innings and allowed just two hits in the Lady Vikings’ 1-0 victory. Alexis Rodriguez scored the lone run in the ninth. “Being together it does help keep us distracted from peer pressure or just pressure in a tight game, especially that Shoemaker game when it was 1-0,” Jacque said. “We had to keep each other in check and help everyone around us try to score.” Jessica and Jacque said they’re ability to work together and get results was a key factor in getting recruited by Louisiana-Lafayette. The sisters signed with the Ragin’ Cajuns in November and said they loved the campus and staff led by head coach Gerry Glasco. But perhaps the biggest bonus was getting to play together. “Through the whole recruiting process, the big deal was that we were trying to keep us together,” Jessica said. “We didn’t want to have my dad go over here and my mom go over there and flip flop.” Family and softball has always been intertwined for the Adams family. Their older twin sisters also played for Bryan, and with a 12-year age difference, Jessica and Jacque practically grew up at softball fields. “We were born on the field,” Jacque said. “When we were born we would travel with them and our parents would go on and off taking us. We would watch their games. We were right there with them. It’s just normal.” The family atmosphere now goes beyond their sisters and parents and extends to their teammates and coaches. Playing together as young softballers has helped the team’s chemistry through the years and it shows on the field, Jacque said. “We start to think more alike together, so that’s a really big factor,” Jacque said. And the Adams sisters set the tone for Bryan. “I think our kids feed off of it and see the type of effort they put in,” Bryan head coach Enrique Luna said. “They’re great kids, and they bring their A game everyday. They’re going to give you everything they’ve got.” Bryan (27-8, 14-0) will open the Class 6A playoffs against Waxahachie with a best-of-3 series beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Texas A&M’s Davis Diamond. Game 2 will be at the Waxahachie Softball Complex at 5 p.m. Friday followed by Game 3 if needed. Waxahachie (11-10, 8-5) finished fourth in 11-6A. Luna said the Lady Vikings can’t get too confident in the first round despite entering as a top seed. “As good as it is we can’t be satisfied,” Luna said. “We can’t be satisfied winning the district championship, because I’ve seen it too many times that people win a championship then they’re one and out. We know we have a our work cut out this week with Waxahachie.” • NOTES — Jessica also is a third baseman, while Jacque plays first. ... Jessica will pitch on Wednesday and possibly in Game 2, Luna said. ... Tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for students for Game 1 at Davis Diamond. The ticket windows will open at 6 p.m. Concessions will not be open, so fans can bring in outside food and drinks. Parking will be available in lots 100m and 100e. ... The Adams sisters are four-year starters. They’ve combined for 87 RBIs and 30 home runs this season. Jessica holds school records for career home runs (40) and pitching wins (67). ... Bryan has two more seniors in Kaedyn Filburn, a Schreiner recruit, and Sydnee Woodward. ... Jacque said the team has used last year’s COVID-19 shortened season as motivation to be successful this year. “We knew that we were going to go far just from last year. We were on a roll, continuously winning these games, and we still had this chemistry building. And this year, that’s why we had ‘unfinished business’ as our motto.”...

4/28/2021

Bryan High School News

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Bryan baseball team beat Killeen Ellison 4-3 on Senior Night at Viking Field Monday. The game was originally supposed to be played last Friday before it was postponed due to the weather. All of the Vikings’ runs came in the first inning. Reid Russ had a 2 RBI single that scored Kyle Kubichek and Jack Blackburn. Then the Vikings scored off an error when the Eagles had a wild throw to first base that allowed Chance Crawford to steal home. Hunter Harlin had an RBI single scoring Tysne Green to take a 4-0 lead after the first inning. Ellison would put up 3 runs, but the Vikings were able to hold off the Eagles’ rally for the victory. Bryan wraps up the regular season Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on the road at Harker Heights. Copyright 2021 KBTX. All rights reserved....

4/28/2021

Bryan High School News

HARKER HEIGHTS — Jessica Adams struck out 11 over a complete game one-hitter, and the Bryan softball team turned four doubles into a 4-0 victory over Harker Heights on Saturday to end District 12-6A with a 14-0 record. It’s the first time Bryan (27-8) has gone undefeated in district since 2006. The Lady Vikings had just four hits but made them count with Jacque Adams, Kylie Hernandez, Kaedyn Filburn and Maci Ramirez each hitting a double. Bryan will open the Class 6A playoffs with a best-of-3 bi-district series against Waxahachie beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Davis Diamond. Game 2 is set for 5 p.m. Friday at Waxahachie with Game 3 to follow if necessary. Bryan 4, Harker Heights 0 Bryan 003 000 1 — 4 4 0 Harker Heights 000 000 0 — 0 1 1 W — Jessica Adams (21-6). Leading hitters: BRYAN (27-8, 14-0) — Jacque Adams 1-3, 2B, RBI; Kylie Hernandez 1-3, 2B; Kaedyn Filburn 1-3, 2B; Maci Ramirez 1-2, 2B....

4/26/2021

Bryan High School News

ICYMI: @BHSsoftball clinched the 12-6A District Title last night thanks to an early offensive barrage and a shutout on the mound from @JessAdamssss ...

4/20/2021

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