|SHINER STORMS THROUGH STATE
TOURNAMENT FOR RECORD SIXTH TITLE
|Cece and parents, Helen and
Darby and brother, Coulter
|Shiner Places 9 on
As if Shiner's dominance
wasn't apparent enough
on the field at the state
tournament, the Lady
Comanches ruled the
ballot box afterward as
The 2016 state champion
Lady Comanches (31-5)
placed nine players on
the Class 2A all-state
championship game MVP
pitcher Cece Darilik.
were catcher Madison
Jalufka, first baseman
Kori Landman, second
Schuette, third baseman
shortstop Kailey Williams
and outfielders Mackinly
Pilat, Hannah Nevlud and
Windthorst utility player
Breann Schreiber was the
only non-Shiner player on
the 2A all-tournament
The Lady Comanches
won the state title for the
second straight year and
earned the program's
sixth overall state
defeated Harleton 13-2 in
a 10-run rule - to win the
"I told (my teammates), I
said "Wouldn't it be
something if we played
10 innings at the state
said, after the
"And they were like,
"Shut up." " that's not
going to happen."
AUSTIN - Even though Shiner beat Harleton for the state
championship last season, the Lady Comanches still had
redemption planned for Wednesday's UIL Class 2A State
Semifinal at Red & Charline McCombs Field at
Texas-Austin - a rematch of the 2015 title game.
"It's like I told them before the game - last year we won
two close games, but we didn't do a very good job at the
plate," said Shiner head coach Steven Cerny. "And that's
what I challenged them with before the game, and they
answered. They came up with some very big hits."
Shiner pounded Harleton 13-2 in a 10-run-rule-shortened,
five-inning contest to advance to Thursday's state
championship game. The Lady Comanches (30-5) had 11
hits - seven for extra bases - while Shiner starter Cece
Darilek held the Lady Cats (33-5) to four hits in five
The Lady Comanches will play Windthorst - which
defeated Crawford 11-1 in five innings in the other
semifinal - for the championship at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Shiner managed just four hits last year against Harleton
ace Randi Carol Phillips. Phillips did not suit up
Wednesday after leaving last week's regional finals with
a leg injury.
"It's definitely a different (style) pitcher," said Shiner
second baseman Lauren Schuette. "You've got to scoot
up in the box a little because she's a little slower, but it's
the same thought process up there. Just hit the ball."
Darilek was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, and
Schuette went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Shiner pounced on Harleton starter Taitum Atkins, who
threw six illegal pitches in the first inning as the Lady
Comanches scored four runs in the frame.
"(At) state, they're very strict about it, and it's nothing we
can worry about," Darilek said. "We just had to play our
game. I just had to make sure I was good (with the rule),
and I've worked on it before."
With an illegal pitch and a throwing error each bringing in
a Shiner run earlier in the first inning, Kori Landman's
bloop double to right field pushed the Lady Comanches
Darilek helped break the game open in the second
inning, smashing a two-RBI double to right center.
Schuette followed with a two-RBI double off the tall left
field wall, and Shiner led 8-0.
"When (Darilek) gets a hit almost every time she goes up,
it makes you feel like, 'I need to do the same thing,'"
A double by Darilek and a single from Schuette added
two more runs for Shiner in the top of the third.
Harleton got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third
via an RBI-triple by Avery Underwood. Hailey Pyland
later reached home on Morgan Underwood's steal of
second base before Darilek closed out the inning with a
"My curveball was working really good for me today, and
my changeup a little bit," Darilek said. "I'll probably work
that more tomorrow."
Bethany Nevlud drove a low line drive to right center for
a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning, and Nevlud scored
on the play for a 13-2 lead after a throwing error by the
Darilek's defense backed her up with only one error on
the day. Kailey Williams punctuated the defensive effort
by snagging a fly ball over her shoulder to end the game
in the fifth.
"Practice, practice, practice," Schuette said. "Drills over
and over again. Coach Cerny, he focuses on defense."
With the final out recorded, the Lady Comanches left the
field the same way they began in the first - business as
"Last year, we were pretty excited, and everyone was
very pumped up and stuff," Darilek said. "This year, we
were here last year, so everyone was more focused and
more ready to play than last year."
Records: Shiner 30-5, Harleton 33-5. Shiner advances to
state championship vs. Windthorst.
|Shiner senior Cece Darliek
has dominated on the
softball diamond and in the
Friday, she took a step
toward doing both at the
college level when she
signed her commitment to
the University of Mary
Hardin-Baylor in front of
friends and family in the
"They have a very strong
physical therapy program",
said Darilek of her decision
to sign with the Crusaders.
"I really want to excel at
that as well as softball in
|CECELIA "Cece" DARILEK
|Daughter of Darby and Helen Darilek, Granddaughter of Gus and
Geraldine Montier Darilek
Texas Girls Coaches
CLASS 1A-4A SOFTBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cece Darilek, Sr., Shiner
CLASS 1A-4A SOFTBALL
Cece Darilek, Sr., Shiner
Hunter Ervin, Sr., Weimar
CLASS 1A-4A SOFTBALL
Blue: Lauren Schuette, Jr.,
Red: Emma Holland
|SHINER SENIOR PLAYS THROUGH PAIN, GAINS STATEWIDE HONORS
June 30, 2016 at 11:12 p.m.***** Updated July 1, 2016 6 a.m ***** By Mike Foreman, Sports Writer for the Victoria Advocate
|Shiner won its second consecutive UIL Class 2A state softball
A state title was not the only repeat for the Lady Comanches.
Shiner pitcher Cece Darilek was selected as Player of the Year and
Steven Cerny was named Coach of the Year for the second straight
season on the Texas Sports Writers Association's Class 2A all-state
Cerny directed the Lady Comanches to a 31-5 record in his third season
that included a pair of wins by the 10-run mercy rule at the state
Darilek had a 22-3 pitching record with a 1.66 ERA and 141 strikeouts in
135.1 innings, and was the MVP of the state championship game.
She also hit .379 with eight doubles and 25 RBIs despite playing her
entire senior season with two herniated discs.
Darilek was a first-team selection at pitcher.
COACH REPEAT AS
|July 9, 2016 9:42
|SHINER PITCHER CAPTURES SECOND
STRAIGHT MVP HONORS
|July 9, 2016 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated July 10, 2016 at 6:00
|Your final memory on the field for Shiner is
winning a state championship. As a four-year
varsity starter, what was your first memory?
The first game I ever pitched was against Rice
Consolidated, a pre-season game. The first really
memorable one was against Junction (in the 2013
Region IV-1A semifinals). Every single (Junction)
starter was a senior, they were ranked second
and we were below 10. (People) didn't give us
any chance to win. We ended up coming back,
and we beat them in a best-of-three series. It
was a great moment for us because nobody
expected us to beat them.
You recently talked to the Advocate about playing
this season with two herniated discs. What went
through your mind after that final out to clinch
the state championship?
Basically just how I made it through the season,
because of how tough it was to see it through. It
was a relief to make it through without anything
else causing me not to be able to play.
I was really proud of all the girls, because
everybody worked hard and came through. We
knew everybody would be coming for us,
gunning for us. Everybody worked hard and
played their best, and I'm really proud of them.
Being a senior, the way it ended, I couldn't ask
What will you miss the most about Shiner
The community aspect, everybody backs us up,
no matter what. The girls and the coaches, and
just being in high school.
Which softball pitchers have you most looked up
When I was younger, I watched (Class of 2009,
state champion Shiner pitcher) Heather Haas
pitch. That's how I wanted to play and pitch for
Shiner, like she did. It went on from there.
There were a couple other college pitchers, but
mainly the reason I wanted to pitch was because
What brought you to choose to play at Mary
I came up to the campus and really liked it. They
invited me to an official visit, and I got to stay
with the players and spend the night. (It was)
after meeting all the girls, and they have a
physical therapy program, which I want to go
into. I just fell in love with it, and it was just the
right place for me.
Assuming your physical therapy goes to plan and
you're able to do fall practice, what are your goals
for this fall at Mary Hardin-Baylor?
They said I should be in the bullpen in
September, so just a lot of bullpen work, and
there are intrasquad scrimmages. And in the
(batting) cage, getting my swing back to where it
needs to be and getting ready for the spring.
CONGRATULATIONS Cece on being the only player from Texas selected to the
"1st Team MaxPreps 2016 Small Schools Softball All-American Team". We are
so proud of not only your accomplishments, but your ongoing drive,
determination and focus to overcome the daily challenges of a back injury and
not only reach, but surpass your personal goals. With surgery behind you and
rehab underway, we look forward to watching you on the mound at UMHB!
"Never Give Up Your Dreams!"