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Lady Longhorn players kneel solemnly while emergency medical personnel treat Bourgade infielder Victoria Ortiz who was knocked unconscious after colliding with a teammate at the Rose Mofford Complex left field fence while chasing down a foul pop up. Ortiz suffered facial injuries and was down for about 15 minutes but eventually rose and trotted off the field.

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Upsetting finale

Lady Horns conclude best season ever with error-plagued loss to team that went on to win state championship

The Lady Longhorns’ hope of a state softball championship died Friday from the impact of the baffling pitching style of an underdog, but undefeated, Bourgade Catholic softball team. The opposing, left-handed pitcher’s perplexing mix of off-speed pitches included a rise ball and curve ball. In a state final-four matchup May 11 at Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix, BC hurler Jackie Aguilar struck out the first four PHS hitters she faced, setting the tone for the Golden Eagles’ 7-2 victory. The Longhorns’ loss snapped a 16-game winning streak and sent the team packing north on Beeline without the state championship trophy for which they’d longed all season.

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