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Lady Bears split games during spring break


LA VERNIA The Lady Bear softball team continued its District 28-3A schedule during spring break with games against Cuero and Yoakum. The Lady Bears fell to the Lady Gobblers by a run, but came back with a 1 run-win over the Lady Bulldogs.

La Vernia traveled to Cuero March 14 to play its second district game of the season. The Lady Bears are normally quick to score out of the gate, but took the field in the bottom of the first inning with no runs on the board. Cuero, on the other hand, jumped all over the Lady Bears, and opened up a 4-0 lead by the end of the first inning.

After a scoreless second inning, La Vernia got things rolling in the third with a 4-run showing of its own. The Lady Bears had tied the game, but it wasn’t for long, as Cuero came right back to score a run in the bottom of the third and resume the lead at 5-4.

The defenses stiffened for both teams, and neither could generate any runs during the fourth, fifth, or sixth innings. In the top of the seventh, the Lady Bears got a little something going and scored 2 runs, giving them a 6-5 lead over the Lady Gobblers. Cuero came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh needing 1 run to keep the game going, but scratched 2 runs and locked up the 7-6 win.

Morgan Mikes threw the entire game for La Vernia, picking up four strikeouts in the process. She gave up only one walk.

At the plate, Kenzie Conner and Sage Martinez led the way with two hits apiece. Rebecka Rios, Savannah Martinez, Johnna Sturm, Mikes, Brooke Martinez, and Shawna Oehike also had hits in the game. Oehike ripped a double to score 2 runs for the Lady Bears, and Rene Cummings drove in another run for La Vernia. Sage Martinez had one stolen base.

With a 0-2 district mark, the Lady Bears hosted the Lady Bulldogs of Yoakum March 16. The game couldn’t be concluded in seven innings, though, and required they play through the ninth.

When play began, the visiting team managed to make the most of the opportunities that fell its way, and scored a run in the top of the first inning. The Lady Bears came right back in the bottom of the inning, though, and tied the game at 1-1 heading into the second.

From there, a pitching dual began as Mikes mowed down 13 batters, and Yoakum fared nearly as well with 10 strikeouts against La Vernia. The score remained tied at 1-1 when the side was retired in the seventh inning, and it became clear that extra innings were needed.

The eighth inning produced no runs for either party, and Mikes and the Lady Bear defense kept Yoakum from scoring in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of the inning, however, things began to fall in favor of La Vernia.

Things got going in the bottom of the ninth, as Conner hit a single to right center with one out. When the Yoakum catcher allowed a passed ball, Conner moved over to second. When the catcher bobbled a third strike against Cummings, Cummings managed to reach first base, as Conner beat the catchers’ throw down to third base.

With Conner just feet away from scoring the winning run, Rios stood in the batter’s box for La Vernia. She hit a grounder down to first base, but as the fielder went for the tag on Rios, she lost the ball, and allowed Conner to score at the plate for a 2-1 victory.

Savannah Martinez went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Oehike was also 2 for 4 with a double. Conner hit a double during the game, and Sage Martinez had the Lady Bears’ other hit of the game. Though Rios had no hits, she did earn one of the Lady Bears’ two RBIs, and helped La Vernia to the win.

The victory improved the Lady Bears’ overall record to 7-14, and put La Vernia at 1-2 in district play. The team was scheduled to face Poteet and Sam Houston this week.

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