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Bears shut out Hawkins, Poteet


LA VERNIA With the end of the regular season in sight, the La Vernia Bear baseball team is looking to peak at just the right time, and made quick work of both Hawkins and Poteet last week.

The Bears traveled to San Antonio last Tuesday to take on Hawkins, and the game was over pretty much as quickly as it began, as La Vernia ran away with things in the top of the first inning.

Christian Bruce led off for the Bears, and he ended up at first base after getting hit by a pitch. Justin Trevino then came to the plate and ripped a double to centerfield, scoring Bruce. Colby Sims then hit a double to left field, as Trevino scored to make it a 2-0 game. Rudy Mendoza was the fourth Bear to step into the batters box in the top of the first, and was the fourth batter to reach base, as he smacked a triple to centerfield, scoring Sims to make it a 3-0 contest.

Justus Parker struck out for the first out of the inning, but Hawkins’ pitcher responded with a wild pitch that allowed Mendoza to score from third, and then by walking Colton Parrish. Parrish stole second and third, and Colby Skelton drove him in with a double to left field, making it 5-0. Skelton moved over to third on another wild pitch, and Anthony Sherrard caught a piece of the ball put popped out to the pitcher for the second out.

Drake Bruner came to the plate and immediately ripped a triple to centerfield, scoring Skelton from third, and leaving himself in scoring position. Bruce went back to the plate for a second at-bat in the inning, and reached base on an error. Bruner ran in from third, though, and the score was 7-0. Trevino then hit his second double of the inning, followed by a double from Sims. With Bruce and Trevino across home plate, the score was 9-0, still in the top of the first inning.

Mendoza was hit by a pitch during his second at-bat, putting him on first. Sims stole third, and Mendoza stole second, putting two more runners in scoring position for the Bears. Parker hit a short single to score Sims, and Mendoza moved over to third. Parker eventually made his way to third as Parrish hit a single to right field. Skelton flied out on his next at-bat, though and ended the Bears’ batting run, though the score stood at 11-0.

In the bottom of the first, Troy Lyssy made quick work of Hawkins first three batters, striking out two, while the third grounded out.

La Vernia picked up where it left off in the top of the second inning, as Sherrard got things rolling with a lead-off double to left field. Tristan Gardner then singled to left, and Sherrard moved over to third. Cody Cook drew a walk, and the bases were loaded for La Vernia with no outs.

After taking the first pitch for a strike, Sims made contact, but the play went home and beat Sherrard to the plate for the first out. Lyssy then made contact, but again, a run was prevented at home plate. Dylan Tuten then scored Cook from third as he singled to right field. Wagner then popped out to the short stop, ending the inning with 1 run, but a 12-0 lead.

Things settled down from there, as La Vernia held Hawkins scoreless. After five innings of play, the game was called early, and the Bears celebrated the win.

La Vernia then played host to Poteet on April 12, and once again had no real troubles with their opponents.

The Bears got rolling in the bottom of the first inning with a pair of runs. Trevino reached base with a one-out double to left field, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sims took a base on a walk, and then stole second base, while Trevino stole home to make it a 1-0 contest. Sims moved over to third on a wild pitch, and then eventually scored on another wild pitch to make it a 2-0 game.

La Vernia got heated up again in the third, as Sims started things off by getting hit by a pitch. Sims then stole second, and reached third on a wild pitch. After Tuten struck out, Parker came to the plate and scored Sims with a single to left field. Parker stole second during Cook’s at-bat, and Cook eventually reached first with a walk. Parker stole third and Cook stole second during Skelton’s at-bat, and Skelton picked up a pair of RBIs as he hit a single to left to score Parker and Cook, making it a 5-0 game after three innings.

After a pair of walks to start the bottom of the fourth, Parker doubled to left scoring Trevino and Sims. Skelton then doubled to center to score Parker. Sherrard was walked and Bruner was hit by a pitch. Parrish then singled to centerfield scoring Skelton and Sherrard for a 10-0 lead, a score that would prove final.

The Bears were set to play at Sam Houston April 16, and will be back home this Friday, April 19, to take on the Somerset Bulldogs. La Vernia will then close out the regular season Friday, April 26, as they host the district-leading Pleasanton Eagles.

La Vernia def. Hawkins, 12-0.

Bears: Runs: Christian Bruce-2, Justin Trevino-2, Colby Sims-2, Rudy Mendoza-2, Colton Parrish-1, Colby Skelton-1, Drake Bruner-1, Cody Cook-1. RBIs: Trevino-2, C. Sims-2, Justus Parker-2, Mendoza-1, Skelton-1, Bruner-1, Dylan Tuten-1. Hits: Tristan Gardner-3, Trevino-2 (2 doubles), C. Sims-2 (2 doubles), Tanner Sims-2, Tuten-2, Karsten Holm-2 (2 doubles), Mendoza-1 (triple), Parker-1, Parrish-1, Skelton-1 (double), Anthony Sherrard-1 (double), Bruner-1 (triple), Cook-1, Troy Lyssy-1, Austin Preiss-1. Stolen bases: Parrish-2, C. Sims-1, Mendoza-1, Tuten-1, Dennie Wagner-1. Pitching: Lyssy (Win)-10 strikeouts, 1 walk.

La Vernia def. Poteet, 10-0.

Bears: Runs: Colby Sims-3, Justin Trevino-2, Justus Parker-2, Cody Cook-1, Colby Skelton-1, Anthony Sherrard-1. RBIs: Parker-3, Skelton-3, Colton Parrish-2. Hits: Parker-3 (1 double), Skelton-2 (1 double), Parrish-1, Trevino-1 (double), Sherrard-1. Stolen bases: Parker-3, Cook-3, C. Sims-2, Trevino-1, Skelton-1. Pitching: Tanner Sims (Win)-4 strikeouts, 2 walks; Jason Seawright-1 strikeout, 2 walks.

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