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Lady Bears make softball meaningful, memorable

 
Lady Bears make softball meaningful, memorable
The La Vernia Fighting Bears Challenger Special Olympics team and the Lady Bear varsity softball team give a shout out to H-E-B for supporting a Sept. 16 softball game.

By Deanna Wegehaupt

Members of the La Vernia Lady Bears softball team participated in a fun-filled game Sept. 16 against the La Vernia Fighting Bears Challenger Special Olympics team, making memories for all along the way.

Introductions were made for both sides, and high-fives were exchanged before the umpire yelled, “Play ball!”

The varsity girls batted first, but were unable to get anyone on base. The Challenger team got things going with the first swing of the bat, and scored one in the bottom of the first. The top of the second inning produced a couple of base runners for the varsity Lady Bears; however, they weren’t able to move them around to home.

The Challenger squad added two more runs when Hannah Spence and Mason Almaguer scored on hits from Kody Bechtold and Kyle Griffin. In the third inning, the varsity girls scratched out a run when Elise Hernandez -- borrowed from the Challenger squad -- hit a homer, which made the score 3-1.

The Challenger squad roared right back, scoring Trace Zigmond, Joseph Henke, and Zachary Spence, when Kody hit a triple, making the score 6-1. The Lady Bears were able to add a few runs to their score when Corley Carpenter ripped a triple down the right field line. Coach Diane Giddings put a stop to the rally when she caught a pop fly at shortstop.

The Challengers ended the game with all the members either reaching base or scoring, bringing the score to 11-4.

Big thanks go out to H-E-B for donating toward food and drinks, Chris Ketchum and Diane Giddings for coaching the Challenger Team, Gary Gilbert for coaching the varsity girls, Joe Hernandez for taking photos, and all the parents and fans who came out to support this fun-filled event!

La Vernia Fighting Bears Challenger Team

Lindsey Henderson

Joseph Henke

Zachary Spence

Kyle Griffin

Teace Ziegler

Kody Bechtold

Matthew Robinson

Elise Hernandez

Helpers:

Mason Cooper

Steven Sanchez

Mason Almaguer

Hannah Spence

 
 
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