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Bears pound Hawks

Bears pound Hawks
MARK WALTON/ Colton Parrish gives the ball a ride during La Vernia’s 14-1 beating of the Canyon Lake Hawks in district play.

In a district baseball game that wasn’t even close, the state-ranked Bears defeated the Canyon Lake Hawks by the score of 14-1 last Friday night in La Vernia.

After a three-up, three-down start in the top of the first inning, the Bears went to the plate in the bottom of the frame and took advantage of everything the Hawks gave them. Walks, hits, errors, and great base running all added up to 9 first-inning runs for La Vernia.

Colton Parrish led things off and drew a walk. Justus Parker then ripped a single into center field, putting Parrish on third. Parker stole second base, and the Bears were looking good early. Christian Bruce hit an infield fly for the first out of the inning, and then Cole Lowry popped up for a sacrifice fly that scored Parrish. With Tristan Gardner at the plate, Parker scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 La Vernia lead. Gardner ripped a single to reach base safely, and then Kyle Kincaid followed suit with a single that moved Gardner over to third. Dylan Tuten singled into right field to score Gardner, and Kincaid ended up on third. Colby Skelton was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tanner Sims then drew a walk, which brought Kincaid in for run No. 4.

As the Bears batted around in the inning, Parrish came back to the plate and reached base on an error. That allowed Tuten to score. Parker drew a walk in his second at-bat, and that sent Skelton across home plate. Bruce drew a walk to score Sims, and Lowry was hit by a pitch to score Parrish. The walk-a-thon was finally disrupted when Gardner hit one back up the middle to the pitcher, allowing Parker to score the Bears’ 9th run of the inning.

Neither team scored in the second inning of play, but the Bears got going again in the bottom of the third. Bruce tripled to start things off, and then Lowry reached on an infield error. Gardner ripped a double into center field to easily score Bruce, and Lowry was safe at third. Tuten later grounded out to score Lowry. Gardner scored when Skelton hit the ball into center field and the Hawks registered another fielding error. Sims also had a single in the inning to score Skelton. At the end of the third, the score was 13-0 in favor of La Vernia.

The Bears added 1 final run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Parker and Bruce each hit singles to start the inning. Parker made his way around the base path and scored on a wild pitch.

The Hawks scored a single run in the top of the fifth inning, as a couple hits and a couple walks brought a Canyon Lake player across home plate. With the Hawks still down by 13 runs in the fifth, however, the game was called.

Austin Priess picked up the win, as he threw four innings. He tallied four strikeouts, while giving up just one hit and one walk. Chance Carrillo came on in relief, giving up two walks and two hits.

The Bears went on to defeat Yoakum on March 30 by the score of 5-0, and will be in Gonzales on April 2. The team will be back home next Tuesday, April 7, as they take on the Navarro Panthers.


La Vernia def. Canyon Lake, 14-1.

Bears: Runs: Justus Parker-3, Colton Parrish-2, Tristan Gardner-2, Colby Skelton-2, Christian Bruce-1, Cole Lowry-1, Kyle Kincaid-1, Dylan Tuten-1, Tanner Sims-1. RBIs: Lowry-2, Gardner-2, Tuten-2, Sims-2, Parker-1, Bruce-1. Hits: Gardner-3 (1 double), Parker-2, Bruce-2 (1 triple), Tuten-2, Kincaid-1, Skelton-1, Sims-1. Walks: Parrish-1, Parker-1, Bruce-1, Sims-1. Stolen bases: Tuten-1. Pitching: Austin Preiss (W) -- 4 strikeouts, 1 walk; Chance Carrillo -- 2 walks.

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