The Orange Leader
Ending a possible perfect District 20-4A season for district champion Little Cypress-Mauriceville Tuesday night, the Vidor Lady Pirates still don’t know what playoff seed they will own when they enter the 4A Region III playoffs next week.
Using the timely hitting by Shanice Hagler and the pitching of senior ace Gia Johns, the Lady Pirates downed the Lady Bears 7-4 at Lady Pirate Field.
The Lady Pirates (21-9, 10-4) wrapped up the regular season in a three-way tie for second-place with both Nederland and Port Neches-Groves. PN-G nipped Livingston 5-4 to help keep the three-way tie secure.
The three teams will likely settle the three playoff spots with games at the end of this week.
The Lady Bears (27-5, 13-1) are still the “queens” of 20-4A and will likely face Dayton, the possible fourth-place team out of 19-4A, next week in the bidistrict round of the postseason.
The Lady Pirates set the tone early by scoring a pair of runs of Lady Bears starter Raven Cole in the first inning.
Kelli Milligan drew a leadoff walk, swiped second and went to third on a wild pitch then Kalli Edwards drew a walk.
Hagler, who was 3-for-4, drove a two-run double to left.
Vidor tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the second inning.
Haley Demby drew a one-out walk and went to second on a wild pitch and advanced o third with two outs on a passed ball. Edwards punched a single up the middle that scored Demby. Edwards swiped second base and darted home off a Hagler RBI single to shallow center to up the margin to 4-0.
The Lady Bears scratched in a run off Johns in the top of the third.
Mikaela Stegall had a leadoff infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Kassie James, who was 3-for-4 with a triple and two doubles, laced a single up the middle and Cole eventually drove in Stegall with a RBI groundout.
Hope Russell took to the mound for LC-M in the third inning. Cole worked two innings, allowing three hits while striking out four and walking four.
The Lady Pirates put together three runs in the bottom of the fifth off six hits.
Hagler got it going with a leadoff single to left-centerfield. After Johns moved Hagler to second with a groudout, Ashley Bunner delivered a RBI single up the middle to plate Hagler.
McKenzie Andrus followed with a single to center and Kaleigh Desormeaux reached on a fielder’s choice with Bunner getting forced out at home.
Kenzie Medina plated Andrus with a single to left and Demby slapped a RBI single to center to score Desormeaux.
Russell worked four innings, allowing eight hits while fanning three.
The Lady Bears went down fighting in the top of the seventh by tallying three runs.
Shelby LeBouef had a two-out single to left and Stegall drew a walk as Johns was replaced on the Lady Pirate mound by Whitney Howerton. Johns went 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits while striking out five and walking two.
Kaleigh Roy, who had two hits, loaded the bases with a single to center and James delivered with a towering three-run triple to right.