Tigers take another pass at 7-on-7

Making third straight appearance

KKKKKKAYLEIGH Kayleigh Montelongo was nearly unhittable Monday night in Rockdale Elite's 10-0 blanking of Cameron K'os in the first round of the junior softball tournament which Rockdale is hosting. Lexington also has a team in the tournament which continues through Thursday. The top two teams advance to the state tournament in Lindale next week. KKKKKKAYLEIGH Kayleigh Montelongo was nearly unhittable Monday night in Rockdale Elite's 10-0 blanking of Cameron K'os in the first round of the junior softball tournament which Rockdale is hosting. Lexington also has a team in the tournament which continues through Thursday. The top two teams advance to the state tournament in Lindale next week. COLLEGE STATION- As an invited guest to the party, Rockdale is just happy to be here.

But the Tigers wouldn't mind ruff ling a few feathers during their stay at the 12th annual 7- on-7 state championship which starts Thursday.

The Tigers were invited to the tournament after failing to qualify in the three tournaments they participated in.

They tied for first in two of the qualifying tournaments, but were outscored by another team that kept them from earning a trip to the state tournament.

The Tigers begin pool play Thursday at 1 p.m. at Penberthy Fields on the campus of Texas A&M University against Class 3A Snyder.

The Tigers continue pool play by facing Class 2A Lago Vista at 2 p.m and then Class 3A Lorena at 3 p.m.

CLOUD OF DUST—Rockdale Elites's Kayleigh Montelongo slides safely into third base after singling Monday night against Cameron K'os. Montelongo eventually scored the winning run to make it 10-0 in a 5-inning, run-rule victory. CLOUD OF DUST—Rockdale Elites's Kayleigh Montelongo slides safely into third base after singling Monday night against Cameron K'os. Montelongo eventually scored the winning run to make it 10-0 in a 5-inning, run-rule victory. Rockdale then heads into the first round of tournament games at 5 p.m.

The championship game will be played on Kyle Field at noon on Friday. Who—32 teams What—Class 3A-1A 7-on-7 State Tournament Tigers play—Pool H play begins Thursday at 1 p.m. vs. Snyder; 2 p.m. vs. Lago Vista; 3 p.m. vs. Lorena. At 5 p.m. will play first round of tournament games. When—Thursday-Friday, July 9-10 Where—in College Station at Penberthy Fields at Texas A&M. Qualified teams—Rockdale, Abilene Wylie, Anahuac, Bandera, Brownwood, Burnet, Cameron, Carthage, Celina, Edna, Gatesville, Glen Rose, Goldthwaite, Graham, Hardin, Hardin-Jefferson, Hitchcock, Lago Vista, Lovejoy, Marion, McGregor, Melissa, Navasota, Palacious, Palestine Westwood, Pilot Point, Rice Consolidated, Snyder, West, Whitney, Wills Point, Wimberly. Rockdale appearances—4 (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009).

Joe Sanders caught 13 TD passes at last year's state tournament. Joe Sanders caught 13 TD passes at last year's state tournament. Rockdale made it to the round of 16 last year before being bombarded by Brownwood 62-19.

Rockdale is making its fourth appearance and is one of just nine teams that has been to every tournament since it was split into two divisions in 2007.

Meanwhile, rival Cameron is making its first appearance in the small school tournament. The Yoemen had previously played in 2002.

Rockdale and Cameron are the only two District 24-3A teams which qualified.

NOTES—District 13-5A has five teams in the tournament (Klein, Klein Collins, Klein Forest, Spring, Tomball).

Brownwood has participated in 10 of the 12 tournaments. Arlington Lamar and Coffeyville Heritage have competed in all 12.

The smallest school competing in this year's tournament is Goldthwaite (enrollment 181), which knocked Thorndale out of the Class A playoffs last season. It's Goldthwaite's first trip.

Crane, which defeated the Tigers in pool play last year, is the defending champion.


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