Westlake softball coach Haley Gaddis has watched the UIL state tournament for the past two years while working as a color commentator for Fox Sports Southwest. The view would be infinitely better — and more meaningful — if she could follow the 2013 tournament from a spot inside the dugout at McCombs Field.
The Chaparrals begin this season as the top-ranked team in the American-Statesman’s preseason poll, and they defeated Cedar Ridge 3-1 Tuesday in their opener. Last spring, they reached the area round of the Class 5A playoffs before losing a three-game series against Conroe Oak Ridge.
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CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the name of senior first baseman Cedar Slovacek.