Lady Bears claim Bi-District title, prepare for Area playoffs


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La Vernia senior Breklyn Daniell (99) slugs a pitch from Canyon Lake, as the Lady Bears take down their opponents in a best-of-three series to claim the Bi- District Championship. COURTESY/Holly Anthony

La Vernia senior Breklyn Daniell (99) slugs a pitch from Canyon Lake, as the Lady Bears take down their opponents in a best-of-three series to claim the Bi- District Championship. COURTESY/Holly Anthony

The La Vernia Lady Bears are Bi-District champions, and now set their sights on the Area playoffs, after vanquishing Canyon Lake April 28-29.

The Lady Bears beat the Canyon Lake Hawks 8-3 last Friday in the first game of a three-game series for the Bi- District Championship.

Canyon Lake got on the board in the first inning when Riley Glenn- Millhouse homered on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.

La Vernia knotted the game up at 2 in the bottom of the second inning. Lady Bear Victoria Garcia hit a solo homer.

The Lady Bears pulled away for good with 2 runs in the third inning. Sarah Bradley singled on a 0-2 count, scoring two runs.

The offensive firepower by the Lady Bears was on stage. Garcia and PJ Schmid led the team with multiple hits. Schmid went 3 for 4, 2 RBIs, and scored 2 runs. Garcia led off the second and sixth innings with home runs.

Savanah Petersen earned the victory on the rubber for La Vernia, lasting seven innings, allowing 10 hits and three runs, while striking out four.

Junior left fielder Emma Herzog (21) lines up a sacrifice bunt April 29, advancing La Vernia teammate, senior PJ Schmid, to second base, and helping the Lady Bears to a blowout victory over Canyon Lake. La Vernia will now face Sinton in the Area playoffs. The three-game series is this Friday and Saturday in Kenedy. COURTESY/Holly Anthony

Junior left fielder Emma Herzog (21) lines up a sacrifice bunt April 29, advancing La Vernia teammate, senior PJ Schmid, to second base, and helping the Lady Bears to a blowout victory over Canyon Lake. La Vernia will now face Sinton in the Area playoffs. The three-game series is this Friday and Saturday in Kenedy. COURTESY/Holly Anthony

The Lady Bears garnered a blowout victory, 13-2, in Game 2 against the Canyon Lake Hawks to clinch the Bi-District championship. The win marks a significant milestone for Head Coach Shelly Hayes, who captured her 400th win in her 26-year career.

The top of the order got things rolling for the Lady Bears with Schmid line-driving the first pitch of the game into left field. Emma Herzog laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt, advancing Schmid to second. Madison Duncan bunted and reached first on an error, which allowed Schmid to score from second.

In the bottom of the first inning, Canyon Lake tied things up at one with Emma Lane’s RBI single.

The Lady Bears pulled away for good with 4 runs in the third inning. Garcia got it started with a double, scoring one run, and Jenna Cox singled, scoring 2 runs. Herzog scored the fourth when Duncan reached first on an error.

La Vernia tallied six runs in the fourth, with Herzog, Duncan, Petersen, and Aubrey Martin all driving in runs.

Mattie Armstrong stymied the Hawks’ bats and captured the Bi- District Championship win for the Lady Bears. The Lady Bear pitcher allowed only three hits and two runs over five innings.

Seven of the nine starters hit safely, with Bradley leading the way, going 3 for 4. Garcia, Petersen, and Schmid all had multiple hits. Petersen drove in 3 RBIs and Duncan, Cox, and Martin had 2 each.

The Lady Bears will travel to Kenedy this Friday Saturday to take on the Sinton Lady Pirates in the Area Playoffs. Game times for the best-of-three series were not available as of press time May 2.

Steve Caberto is the Lady Bear softball statistician.