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Bears win Navarro tourney

Bears win Navarro tourney
Members of the Bear baseball team celebrate a tournament championship at Navarro. Team members include (back, from left) Blake Borgfeld, Manager Chris Ellen, Coach Donahue, Austin Priess, Colby Sims, Rudy Mendoza, Christian Bruce, Anthony Sherrard, Justus Parker, Colby Skelton, Coach West, Coach Borgfeld, (front) Cody Cook, Dylan Tuten, Colton Parrish, Cody Borgfeld, Drake Bruner, Justin Trevinio, and Spanky Wagner.

GERONIMO With a trio of wins over Navarro, Pearsall, and Cedar Creek, the La Vernia Bear baseball team started the season on the right foot and took home a tournament championship from Navarro.

The Bears started things off with a 13-8 win over the host team. Navarro got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first, but La Vernia came back in the third to hang 6 on the board. Navarro responded to pick up 2 more, but a 3-run effort in the fourth put the Bears on top 9-3. The Panthers responded immediately with 5 runs in the inning to make it a 9-8 game, but that was as close as they would get. The Bears soon added 4 runs in the fifth and sealed the 13-8 victory.

Troy Lyssy and Dylan Tuten split time on the mound combining for 10 total strikeouts. Rudy Mendoza and Tuten led the team with three hits apiece, and Colton Parrish helped with two hits including a home run that led to 5 RBIs.

The Bears then played Pearsall and easily won by the score of 12-2. The Bears notched 2 runs in each of the first, second, and fourth innings, then brought 6 across home plate to make it 12. Mendoza threw all five innings for the Bears, racking up three strikeouts in the process. He also helped his own cause at the plate, leading the team with four hits and 3 RBIs. Christian Bruce also had 3 RBIs on three hits.

The Bears’ final game was a lot closer at 7-6, but the end result was the same, and it was another win for the Bears. With Colby Skelton on the mound, La Vernia jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings of play. Cedar Creek started a slow and steady comeback, however, picking up 2 runs in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Justus Parker eventually came in for the save, the Bears locked up the win and tournament championship by the final of 7-6.

The Bears were spreading the wealth around from the plate, as six different players registered hits and seven different players tallied RBIs.

The Bears will look to keep things rolling this week as they host Natalia and compete in the Floresville Tournament.

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