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Bears fall to Yoakum, earn big win over Poteet


LA VERNIA With the end of the baseball season rapidly approaching, the La Vernia Bears know they need wins. The team began last week in Yoakum with a loss, but ended on a high note with an impressive 11-1 win over Poteet.

The Bears traveled to Yoakum April 10, but had a difficult time with the Bulldogs. Things looked good to start the game as Charlie Kappmeyer got on base and worked his way around to third, but the side was retired before he could score. Yoakum put its lead runner on to start the bottom of the first inning, then scored him on a sacrifice fly. The Bears soon got the third out, but the Bulldogs were on top, 1-0.

After a scoreless effort by La Vernia in the top of the second, the Bulldogs drove in two more runs in the bottom of the inning, making it a 3-0 game after two. Neither team was able to score in the third.

Seth Schoenert got on base for the Bears to start the fourth inning, and Justin Trevino moved him over on a fielder’s choice. Rudy Mendoza drew a walk to put runners at first and second, and Colby Sims loaded the bases with a single to right field. Colton Parrish came to the plate for La Vernia, and he ripped a single to right field to score Schoenert from third. The Bears kept the bases loaded with just one out, but Yoakum retired the side with a pair of strikeouts.

After holding Yoakum in the bottom of the fourth, La Vernia tacked on another run in the fifth. Kappmeyer drew a walk and then stole second. He later scored with the help of Trevino and a Yoakum error. The score was 3-2 in favor of the Bulldogs after 4-1/2 innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Bulldogs came alive at the plate. Several hits and good base running produced 5 Yoakum runs, and the Bulldogs were in clear control of the game at 8-2. La Vernia tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth by scoring Sims and Parrish, but the Bulldogs matched it with 2 more of their own in the bottom of the inning. After 6-1/2 innings, the final score stood at 10-4 in favor of Yoakum.

The Bears returned to their home field April 13, and easily defeated the Poteet Aggies by the score of 11-1.

After quickly retiring the side in the top of the first, the Bear offense went to work. Schoenert got things started with a single to the left side of the field, then stole second base to put himself in scoring position. Schoenert made his way to third base on a passed ball, and the Bears had runners at the corners when Trevino drew a walk. Mendoza ripped one to right center, and Schoenert easily scored for the Bears’ first run of the game. At the same time, Trevino advanced to third, and the Bears once again had runners at the corners. Mendoza then stole second to put himself in scoring position.

Things went from bad to worse for Poteet, and the Bears happily accepted the results. The Aggies pitcher was called for a balk, and Trevino easily walked home, while Mendoza advanced to third. Sims drew a walk to once again put runners on the corners. Parrish then picked up a pair of RBIs as he ripped a double to left center, driving in Mendoza and Sims. When the inning finally came to an end, it was the Bears on top, 4-0.

La Vernia went on to score 3 runs in the second and 3 more in the third. The Bears scored an 11th run in the fourth inning, and Poteet was forced into the position of needing 2 runs in the top of the fifth to keep the game going. The Aggies got one of the two runs they needed, but the game was called by virtue of the 10-run rule, and the Bears celebrated the win.

Sims was credited with the win pitching for La Vernia, as he struck out nine of the 20 batters he faced.

With the win, the Bears improved to 4-5 in district play. La Vernia was scheduled to play at Sam Houston April 17, and will be at home this Friday, April 20 against Gonzales. The team will wrap up the regular season next Friday, April 27, in Pleasanton.

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