La Grange ends Lady Bears’ run
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La Vernia ISD
The Lady Bears’ bid for state softball glory has been curtailed, as the Lady Leps from La Grange topped La Vernia in a best-of-three Region IV final May 22 at Texas State University in San Marcos and May 24 at Westlake High School in Austin.
The Lady Bears fell 12-3 to La Grange on Thursday, despite a total of five hits.
Mackinley Zimmerle was in control in the circle. La Grange managed just four hits off of Zimmerle, who allowed three earned runs, walked two, and struck out two during her 3-1/3 innings of work.
Missy Zoch got the win for La Grange. She allowed three runs over seven innings. She struck out nine, walked three, and surrendered five hits.
Blake-Ann Fritsch, Briana Angel, and Alyssa Angel helped lead La Grange, combining for six hits and eight RBIs.
Morgan Mikes couldn’t get it done on the rubber for the Lady Bears, taking the loss. She lasted just 2-2/3 innings, walked one, struck out one, and allowed four runs.
La Grange never trailed, after scoring two runs in the first on a two-run double by Hatti Moore.
La Grange got three-run rallies in the second inning and the third. In the second, La Grange scored on a three-run triple by Alyssa Angel, scoring Liz Read, Brianna Angel, and Fritsch.
After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the third, the Lady Bears faced an 8-2 deficit. An RBI single by Johnna Sturm set off the Lady Bears’ rally. Finally, Zoch got Savannah Martinez to end the threat.
One run in the bottom of the fifth helped the Lady Bears close their deficit to 11-3. A bases-loaded walk by Zoch gave the Lady Bears life. But Zoch got Mikes to ground out to end the inning.
In game 2 of the best-of-three regional final, played on Saturday in Austin, the Lady Bears mustered just five hits, dropping the contest 8-0 to La Grange.
Savannah Martinez did her best to will the Lady Bears to a win with a two-hit game, but the Lady Bears came up short, ending a great season.
Zoch recorded the win for La Grange. She tossed seven innings of shutout ball. She struck out six, walked three, and gave up five hits.
After scoring one run in the first, La Grange piled on five more runs in the bottom of the second. A passed ball scored Riley Fisbeck to start the scoring in the inning. That was followed up by Fritsch’s double, scoring Hannah Gerecke. The Lady Leps added an insurance run in the third and another in the sixth, securing the victory.
Mackinley Zimmerle was the game’s losing pitcher. In her time on the mound, she walked one, struck out one, and allowed six runs.
Rene Cummings showed good control, allowing no walks. The Lady Bears’ pitcher struck out two. Mikes finished the game on the mound, allowing one earned run.
The Lady Bears fell one series short of the state tournament and will undoubtedly reload for another shot at it next year.
La Grange def. La Vernia, 12-3 (Region Final).
Lady Bears: Runs: Ali Saenz-1, Kara Myrick-1, Lauren Burkett-1. RBIs: - Johnna Sturm-1, Savannah Martinez-1. Hits: Saenz-1, Myrick-1, Sturm-1, Martinez-1. Walks: Saenz-1, Sturm-1, Martinez-1. Stolen bases: Saenz-2. Pitching: Morgan Mikes-1 strikeout, 4 hits, 4 earned runs; Renee Cummings-1 strikeout, 4 walks, 4 hits; Mackinley Zimmerle-2 strikeouts, 4 hits, 3 earned runs.
La Grange def. La Vernia, 8-0 (Region Final).
Lady Bears: Hits: Ali Saenz-2, Savannah Martinez-2, Kara Myrick-1. Walks: Myrick-1, Martinez-1. Stolen bases: Saenz-2. Pitching: Mackinley Zimmerle-1 strikeout, 5 hits, 6 runs; Cummings-2 strikeouts, 3 hits, 1 run; Morgan Mikes-1 hit, 1 earned run.