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Three up, three down, three tournament crowns.

The Westlake softball team won its third tournament of the season by sweeping all its games at the Corpus Christi Tournament Feb. 28-March 2 to claim the title.

The Chaparrals (17-3) had three shutouts and Lindsey McLeod earned MVP of the tournament.

Currently ranked No. 5 in the TGCA state softball poll, Westlake opened up district play against No. 7 Bowie March 5 and is at Akins 7 p.m. Friday at Garrison Field.

McLeod (7-0) had 10 strikeouts in a 7-6 win over Santa Gertrudis Academy in the championship game Saturday, with Elizabeth DeBlasio bringing in the game-winning run on a three RBI night.

Trailing by a run in their last at-bat, DeBlasio hit a two-run double to score the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh to give the Chaps the win. Stephanie Wong was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs in the win.

It marks the first time Westlake has won three tournaments in a season.

“That’s pretty cool,” Westlake softball coach Haley Gaddis said. “We’ve never done that before, even with some starters out we’re in a pretty good spot right now.”

The Chaps played without starting outfielder Janelle Turnquest and second baseman Lacey Boyd, with Tannah Huebinger and Kate Nichols stepping up in their absence.

Furthermore, Lindsey McLeod is limited and can’t bat right now as she sticks to pitching duties.

The trio of Chap pitchers had wins over the weekend, as Liz Carter picked up the win against San Marcos in the semifinal game Saturday. Westlake picked up the winning run in the seventh inning and Cedar Slovack had two RBIs in the 4-2 victory.

Friday, Lindsey McLeod had one-hit shutout of Cedar Park in a 2-0 win with seven strikeouts, and Wong was 2-for-2. The Chaps also beat Corpus Christi King Friday 3-1.

On the first day of the tournament Feb. 28, Lauren McLeod (4-2) held Corpus Christi Moody to one run and three hits in a 3-1 win, whiffing 11 hitters in the process. Slovacek had three RBIs and Carter was 3-for-3.

Westlake also topped Alice 4-2 and Beeville 8-0 Feb. 28.

“We had people come off the bench and fill some shoes,” Gaddis said. “What’s nice I have three pitchers who are all pretty good. The hard part is figuring out who I want to put where.”

The Chaps got behind early in the title game due to some miscues in the field, falling behind 5-1 at one point and continuing to trail until the sixth inning. Westlake tied it 6-6, but Academy got a run back in the seventh to set up DeBlasio’s walk-off game-winner.

“They hit it pretty well and they’re real aggressive,” Gaddis said. “We had a couple errors cost us four, five runs right off the bat. Our offense rallied, one through nine, everyone took care of business … You don’t normally get down [that big] and come back and win. It was a great way to end the tournament.”

On Monday, the Chaps host Anderson 11:30 a.m. and play at Del Valle at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday as well.

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