Area softball teams advance to regionals
The La Vernia Lady Bear softball team celebrates its area championship win last week over the Lady Texans of Wimberley.
With the exception of the East Central Lady Hornets, who fell to the state-ranked Unicorns of New Braunfels, each of the area’s playoff softball teams has survived round two, and is heading into the regional quarterfinals.
The La Vernia Lady Bears dominated their district this year, and in doing so, earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. After sitting out during the bi-district round, the Lady Bears were eager to return to the field for their area championship battle with Wimberley. The Lady Bears had no trouble with the Lady Texans, though, as La Vernia handed them a pair of losses in a best-of-three series, 5-2 and 3-2.
During the first game, senior pitcher Lauren Ainsley looked great as she struck out 10 batters through six innings of work. The Lady Bears worked hard to give Ainsley the run support she needed, and Rebecka Rios led the way with three hits and an RBI. La Vernia scored 1 run in the third inning, 2 in the fourth, and 2 more in the seventh inning for a 5-0 lead. The Lady Texans came back with 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it proved too little, too late.
In the second game of the series, the Lady Texans drew first blood, scoring 1 run in the top of the first inning. The Lady Bears matched that run in the bottom of the inning, and then added a go-ahead run in the third to make it a 2-1 game. Wimberley then tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth, but 1 run by La Vernia in the bottom of the seventh sealed the game and series win for the Lady Bears.
Ainsley remained strong on the hill for La Vernia, throwing a complete game and adding 12 more strikeouts to her total.
In class 2A competition, the Poth Pirettes were also busy last week, as they battled toward a shot at the state title. The Pirettes took on San Diego, and earned a pair of wins by the scores of 5-1 and 11-1.
During game one on May 5, Monica Cavazos was brilliant on the mound. She threw all seven innings and tallied 15 strikeouts during the 5-1 win. Kayla Boening and Kaylee Lyssy led the Pirette offense, as Boening earned a hit and scored 2 runs, and Lyssy earned two hits, including a 2-run homer in the fifth. Charity Fuller also had two hits in the game.
Game two was played on May 7, but the time off did nothing for San Diego. The Pirettes scored throughout the game, and easily advanced with an 11-1 win.
Cavazos struck out seven batters during the game, while the Poth sticks stayed hot. The Pirettes scored 2 runs in the first inning, 2 in the third, 3 in the fourth, and 4 runs in the fifth inning. San Diego scratched just 1 run in the bottom of the second inning, and the game was called by virtue of the mercy rule after five innings.
The other area softball team making waves this year is the Falls City Beaverettes. The Beaverettes have been ranked No. 2 in the state for most of the season, and they showed D’Hanis exactly why this past weekend. But the Cowgirls didn’t go down easily, as they made the Beaverettes work for the wins, stretching the series to three games.
Falls City won the first game by the score of 9-4, but slipped a bit during game two. D’Hanis got its bats going and scored 9 runs, while holding Falls City to 7. With the series tied at one game apiece, the pressure level went way up for the Beaverettes.
Like all great teams, though, Falls City battled back in the final game of the series to pound the Cowgirls and take a convincing 14-4 win. The victory gave Falls City the area championship, and advances the Beaverettes into the regional quarterfinal round of competition.
East Central was the fourth softball team to make the playoffs, but was aligned with the New Braunfels Unicorns. The Unicorns have stayed in the state’s top 10 throughout the year, and destroyed Roosevelt High School in the first round of competition the week before.
East Central had a good series win over Clark to reach the area championship, and made a decent showing against the Unicorns, but fell in game one by the score of 7-0, and dropped game two in a closer contest, 6-2.
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