Hallettsville softball braces for first state semifinal since 2015

Hallettsville’s trip to the State Tournament in Austin seems to be extra special.

Not only are the Lady Brahmas playing in the state semifinals for the first time since 2015, they’re doing it as a parting gift for their beloved head coach. Mike Mikeska announced at the beginning of the season that this would be his last year at the helm of Lady Brahmas softball, and his players took note.

“We’re doing it for him,” sophomore Emma Grahmann said at Monday’s practice. “He’s like a father to us and he treats us all like his daughters.”

Hallettsville still has plenty of work to do if they plan on winning it all for the first time in program history. The Lady Brahmas will play Danbury on Wednesday in a single elimination contest, and if they succeed they’ll have one more single elimination game for the title.

After barely scraping by Santa Gertrudis Academy two weeks ago, the Lady Brahmas looked like a different team against Banquete on Memorial Day Weekend. They swept the Bulldogs in two games, with both victories coming via the ten-run mercy rule.

“We knew we had to come out stronger,” said Grahmann. “And we did not want to do another two-game-in-a-row day, so I think that was our motivation.”

Despite never winning a state championship in any girls’ athletic program, Hallettsville has reached the state finals twice in softball. Their first trip came in 2009, followed by another in 2015.

Wednesday’s game against Danbury will take place at UT’s McCombs Field at 3 pm.