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Lady Bears earn pair of shutouts


LA VERNIA With two more wins last week, both by shutouts, the Lady Bear softball team remains perfect in District 28-3A play, and is on track to make a good run in the postseason.

The Lady Bears hosted Hawkins on April 8, but weren’t very gracious. After Morgan Mikes struck out the side for a quick three-up, three-down, the La Vernia bats went to work and were relentless.

Alison Saenz and Kara Myrick each drew walks to start things off. Saenz stole second and third, and then scored on a passed ball to make it a 1-0 game. Myrick made her way around the base path, as well, and then scored the Lady Bears second run of the game.

Johnna Sturm singled to the short stop, and then stole second and third before scoring on a passed ball. Savannah Martinez singled to center field, and then Mikes and Annie Roswell each drew walks to load the bases. Renee Cummings singled to left to score Martinez, and Mikes came around as well.

The onslaught persisted throughout the first inning. Every starting player scored for La Vernia, and the Lady Bears batted around twice before the first inning ended with a 15-0 lead. Cummings pitched the second inning and struck out two of the three batters she faced, with the third popping out to Roswell. Mackinley Zimmerle pitched the third inning, and quickly retired the side with three straight strikeouts.

Poteet was next on the schedule, but the Agates did little to challenge the Lady Bears. In the end, La Vernia locked up an 18-0 victory.

Saenz, Myrick, and Martinez each scored in the top of the first inning to give La Vernia a 3-0 lead, and the Lady Bear defense went to work. Saenz and Sturm each caught popups for the first two outs, and Mikes capped the inning with a strikeout.

La Vernia scored 12 runs in the top of the second to take a 15-0 lead, and it quickly became clear that Poteet was in trouble. The Agates made contact in the bottom of the frame, but three straight ground outs retired the side.

La Vernia scored 3 more runs in the top of the third, as Lauren Burkett, Kailee Wegehaupt, and Saenz each crossed home plate. Poteet had one final at-bat to get back into the game, but Zimmerle struck out two of three batters, and an infield grounder ended the game.

The Lady Bears were scheduled to wrap up the regular season this week by hosting Sam Houston on April 15, and then traveling to Somerset on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m.

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