(Orange, Texas)

April 10, 2013

DIAMOND WRAP: Lady Bears roll on, slap Lumberton

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

LUMBERTON — LUMBERTON - It was just another “night at the office” for the District 20-4A champion Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears Tuesday night.

Senior ace Raven Cole tossed five innings, allowing just one hit while striking out 12 and she also hit a home run as the Lady Bears downed a much-improved Lumberton squad 5-1.

The Lady Bears ran their 20-4A record to 12-0 with two games remaining on the district ledger. LC-M host last-place Beaumont Central Friday before wrapping up the regular season on the road next Tuesday against a Vidor squad that is in a three-way tie for second with Port Neches-Groves and Nederland.

“It feels really great to have the district championship all to ourselves for a change, instead of sharing it with someone else,” said Lady Bear coach Dena Adkins. “We don’t just want to simply rest though. It would be amazing to go through such a competitive district without a loss. We’ve got Vidor next Tuesday at their place and they always match up well with us. We’ll just continue to work hard and try to improve on some things and get ready for the playoffs.”

The Lady Bears scored all the runs they needed in a big four-run first inning off Lumberton pitcher Maddi Ohler.

Mikaela Stegall drew a leadoff walk and Kaleigh Roy put down a nice bunt that was misfielded at first base. With one out, Cole drew a walk and Stegall was able to score off a passed ball.

Taylor Fraccastoro brought home the second run with a sharp single to right to plate Roy. Courtesy runner Danielle DeRamus rushed in to score on an errant pickoff attempt after the Lady Raiders try to gun down Fraccastoro at second. Fraccastoro came across to tally the fourth run after a Chelsea McLain grounder was misfielded.

Ohler held the Lady Bears to just five hits. She only struck out one and walked 10 but the Lady Bears left 12 runners stranded on the basepaths.

Cole did crush a Ohler offering deep over the rightfield wall for a solo bomb in the fourth inning while Morgan Babineaux picked up a pair of singles.

Cole, who walked four Lady Raiders, allowed just the one hit, a slow-roller put down by Taylor Harvill.

Hope Russell tossed the final two frames for the Lady Bears, allowing two hits while fanning two.

The Lady Raiders got their run in the top half of the sixth when Ohler crushed a double to the leftfield wall and scored on a two-out single to right.

PN-G 1, Vidor 0

PORT NECHES — The Port Neches-Groves Lady Indians edged out the Vidor Lady Pirates 1-0 in eight innings in District 20-4A play at Lady Indian Field Tuesday night.

Nicole Thorn scored the game’s only run, scoring on a ground ball from Rickki Gilbert that was thrown over the Vidor first baseman’s head.

PN-G, Vidor and Nederland are all tied for second-place in the 20-4A standings with two games left.

Vidor will visit Livingston Friday while PN-G visits Beaumont Ozen.

WO-S girls 11, H-J 1

WEST ORANGE — The West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs snagged their first District 21-3A win of the season, blasting the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks 11-1 at Lady Mustang Field Tuesday.

Mar’Kia Davis went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a double. Mar’Laysia Davis went 3-for-4 with a double and Aaleah Teal was 2-for-4 with a nice home run and a double.

The Lady Mustangs (1-9 in 21-3A play) will host Orangefield Tuesday.

OF girls 10, H-F 0

ORANGEFIELD — The Orangefield Lady Bobcats crushed the Hamshire-Fannett Lady Longhorns 10-0 in six innings in District 21-3A play at Lady Bobcat Field Tuesday night.

Khandi Breaux got the win on the hill for the Lady Bobcats (7-3 in 21-3A play), allowing just one hit while striking out nine.

Katelyn Dickerson led Orangefield at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Breaux belted a double and a single while Haleigh Turley also picked up two hits.

The Lady Bobcats, alone in third-place in the 21-3A standings, will head to Hardin-Jefferson Friday.

Baseball roundup

PORT NECHES — The Port Neches-Groves Indians took down the Little CYpress-Mauriceville Bears 11-1 in District 20-4A action at PN-G High School Tuesday night.

The Indians (12-10, 7-2) scored three runs in the second inning and tallied four more runs in the fourth frame.

The Bears (15-9, 5-4) got their run in the top of the fifth when Dylan Gruber plated Colby Roddy with a RBI single to left.

PN-G picked up 10 hits in the six-inning battle.

The Bears, who are a game back of third-place Lumberton (6-3), will look to bounce back Friday when they visit first-place Nederland (8-1 in 20-4A play). Nederland edged out Livingston 3-2 Tuesday.

In other 20-4A action Tuesday night, the Vidor Pirates improved to 4-5 with a 4-0 victory over Beaumont Ozen. The Pirates visit Lumberton Friday.

In District 21-3A action Tuesday, Hamshire-Fannett defeated Orangefield 6-4 while Hardin-Jefferson toppled West Orange-Stark 12-1.

Orangefield will visit Hardin-Jefferson Friday.

The Bridge City Cardinals, alone in first-place in the 21-3A standings, fell to Carthage 7-3 in non-district action Monday night. The Cardinals will head to Silsbee Friday for a battle with the second-place Tigers, who are just a game back.