Stephanie Wong swings at a ball at Red & Charline McCombs Field on Friday April 7, 2017. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Trio of Westlake graduates to meet as Texas plays A&M-Corpus Christi

Posted May 3rd, 2017

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On Wednesday afternoon, a high school reunion will be held at McCombs Field.

In preparation for this weekend’s series against Baylor, Texas (28-20) will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-33). The mid-week meeting will reunite Texas senior outfielder Stephanie Wong with A&M-Corpus Christi players Liz Carter and Lacey Boyd. Wong and Carter are members of Westlake’s Class of 2013, while Boyd graduated from the same school in 2016.

Wong and Carter were teammates at Westlake from 2011-13, and both players earned All-Central Texas honorees during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. During Wong and Carter’s senior season, they were joined on Westlake’s varsity roster by Boyd. The Chaparrals earned a share of the District 15-5A championship in 2013.

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This season, Wong has played in all 48 of Texas’ games. She has stolen a team-high 13 bases, and she ranks second among the Longhorns in runs (34) and walks (20).

Carter has compiled a 9-17 pitching record in 2017, but her 154 strikeouts lead the Southland Conference. At the plate, Carter has also produced an Islander-best 13 RBIs.

Boyd, who is an infielder, has started 35 times during her freshman season. She is among A&M-Corpus Christi’s leaders in batting average (.256), runs (10) and homers (two).

Texas’ Kaitlyn Washington looks for the infield grab during the second day of practice for the 2017 season at McCombs Field Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Wong won’t be the only Longhorn who will see a familiar face on Wednesday. Texas outfielder Kaitlyn Washington and A&M-Corpus Christi utility player Kandace Johnson both went to high school at Humble Atascocita. Last year, Washington and Johnson started for Atascocita in a Class 6A semifinal game that was held at McCombs Field.

The Big 12’s Player of the Week at one point this season, Washington is hitting .286 with nine doubles. Johnson has pitched in 21 of her 44 games, and she leads A&M-Corpus Christi with her 133 at-bats.

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