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Bears split games with Gonzales, Pleasanton

 

LA VERNIA -- After knocking off Gonzales by 1 run last week to improve to 3-2 in district play, the La Vernia Bear baseball team found itself on the flip side of that same coin against Pleasanton, losing by a single run and falling to 3-3 in the district.

The Bears traveled to Gonzales to face the Apaches March 29, and the first inning ended without any runs. Gonzales broke the stalemate in the bottom of the second inning, though, scoring a run and taking the lead.

Everything changed in the top of the third, however, as the Bears scored 6 runs against Gonzales. Crossing the plate for La Vernia were Charlie Kappmeyer, Seth Schoenert, Justin Trevino, Rudy Mendoza, Landon Richter, and Anthony Sherrard. The Bears were up 6-1, and things were looking good for the visiting team. In the bottom of the inning, however, the Apaches fired back and added 3 runs to the board, making it a 6-4 game.

Mendoza scored the Bears’ seventh run of the game in the top of the fifth inning to give La Vernia a 7-4 lead, but things were far from over.

The Apaches scored 1 run in the bottom of the sixth inning and made it a 2-run game. After retiring the side in the top of the seventh inning, the Apaches went up for one final at-bat, and tried to make a comeback. Gonzales managed to score 1 additional run, but couldn’t get past the Bears. La Vernia closed out the game with a 7-6 victory, and Colby Sims got the win off the mound.

The Bears went on to host Pleasanton on March 31, but fell a little short to the Eagles, as the game ended in eight innings.

La Vernia scored first, scratching 1 run in the bottom of the first inning as Schoenert crossed the plate. The Bears then added 2 more runs in the bottom of the third inning, scoring Schoenert and Trevino to take a 3-0 advantage.

The Eagles came back in the top of the fourth inning to score 2 runs, and added another in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 3-3.

Unable to determine a winner in seven, the teams moved to extra innings. The Eagles made the most of the opportunity, and scored a run to take a 4-3 lead. The Bears tried to keep things alive in the bottom of the frame, but eventually had the side retired, and fell by the final of 4-3. Mendoza was charged with the loss on the hill.

After playing the first round of district games, the Bears are 3-3 with playoff hopes very much alive. They will need to finish better than 3-3 in the second half if they want to see postseason action, though. La Vernia was scheduled to host Cuero Thursday, April 5, and will travel to Yoakum next Tuesday, April 10.

 
 
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