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Lady Bears move on to Regional Quarterfinals!

Lady Bears move on to Regional Quarterfinals!
DWAIN DUKE Area champs! The La Vernia Lady Bears stand in front of their winning score May 6 after the final game of the Area playoff series against Sweeny.

The La Vernia Lady Bear softball team rallied for a decisive series win over Sweeny May 5-6 for the Area championship.

Both teams were feeling each other out during the first game, until Sweeny took advantage of some errors in the bottom of the second and third innings for 2 runs. The Lady Bears exploded in the top of the fifth with 5 runs, thanks to doubles from Lily Janek and Corley Carpenter. Sweeny then tied it up in the sixth and pulled ahead in the seventh, 6-5, to take the first game.

Carpenter had two RBIs and 1 run for the game, and her best strike percentage of the series at .711 with three strikeouts.

Shelby Rodriguez started things off for La Vernia in the second game, scoring on a wild pitch. From there, it was all downhill for Sweeny, as the Lady Bears steadily added runs to the scoreboard until reaching 12-2 in the bottom of the sixth to tie the series.

Madeline Cantu had three RBIs off two hits. Shianne Bean had three hits, one RBI, and 2 runs, while Madison Blount contributed two hits and 3 runs.

Things were looking up for Sweeny in the final game, when a home run in the bottom of the first put them up 3-1. Blount turned the tide in the third inning with a double that led to 3 runs, to put La Vernia ahead, 4-3. The Lady Bears put up 9 more runs in the next three innings, before Sweeny responded in the last two innings with 6 runs. This wasn’t enough to prevent La Vernia from taking the game, 13-9, and advancing to round three of the playoffs.

Cantu had four RBIs, and McKenzie Duke had three, in addition to her 3 runs. Blount had 4 runs, while Bean had three RBIs and 3 runs.

The Lady Bears (28-5, 6-2) take on West Columbia May 11 and 13 at Weimar High School for the Regional Quarterfinal championship series.

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