AUSTIN — The Diboll Lady Jacks guaranteed a long season of diamond battles came to an end on Thursday as they clinched their spot in the state title game for the first time in school history.

The Lady Jacks stormed their way into the final game with a convincing 9-3 win over Holliday in Wednesday’s semifinals at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin. Diboll hammered out 15 hits, Kayla Palomino was rock steady in the circle and the Lady Jack defense turned in several highlight-reel plays to earn the team a shot at a state title.

Gary Stallard’s email address is garylstallard@yahoo.com.