The Orange Leader
It didn’t take long for the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears to get the “heck out of Dodge” Saturday in their Class 4A Region III area round series against the Huntsville Lady Hornets.
The Lady Bears pounded out 10 hits to score 11 runs alone in the second inning as they blistered the Lady Hornets 12-2 in five innings in Game Two at Goose Creek Memorial High School.
LC-M (31-5) torched Huntsville (24-12) 11-0 in Game One on Friday.
Next up for the Lady Bears - a date with District 20-4A rival Nederland in the regional quarterfinals next week.
Huntsville pitchers Courtney Park and Sabrina Johnson had no answer in trying to record outs against the Lady Bears, who finished with 14 hits.
“The kids found the ball early and it got contagious,” said Lady Bear head coach Dena Adkins. “We’ve really been seeing the ball well in the playoffs. The kids have adjusted to every pitcher they’ve seen and have connected. Hopefully we can continue the momentum we’ve got going on.”
It was definitely a “sweet” series sweep for the Lady Bears. After all, it was Huntsville that eliminated LC-M from the playoffs two years ago when the Lady Hornets clinched that series with a 22-2 win.
“We wanted to score as much as we could but not be spiteful,” said Adkins. “Huntsville beat us like we’ve never been beat before a couple years back. The kids were single-minded coming in and it was all about scoring a bunch of runs.”
Kassie James, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, got the onslaught started by belting a solo home run in the top of the first.
LC-M basically ended it in the top half of the second when the Lady Bears sent 15 to the plate. Shelby LeBouef was the “star of stars’ in the frame as she put together a two-run single and a two-run double.
Taylor Fraccastoro got the big inning going with a single to center. Chelsea McLain, who was 2-for-3, slapped a single past second.
Fraccastoro scored on an errant pickoff attempt at second to give LC-M a 2-1 edge.
After Hope Russell, who was 2-for-3, drew a walk, Morgan Babineaux plated McLain with a sharp single past short. LeBouef then slapped a two-run single to right to make it 5-1.
After Mikaela Stegall singled to left, Kayleigh Roy, who was 2-for-4, scored LeBouef with a single. James got in on the act again by crushing a two-run double to center to up the score to 8-1.
With two outs, McLain planted a double to left to score James. Russell brought in McLain with a single to right. After Babineaux reached on an error, LeBouef closed out the onslaught with a two-run double to center.
Raven Cole snagged another win on the Lady Bear hill. She allowed two hits while striking out five and walking one. Russell tossed the final two frames, allowing two hits while fanning one.
The Lady Hornets nabbed a run in the bottom of the first. Demi Turner had a leadoff bunt single, swiped second and scored off a Morgan Cheatham bunt single.
Huntsville added a run in the fourth when Alex Ortiz singled to left and scored on a RBI single past third by Page Pacher.
Now the Lady Bears will turn their focus on trying to beat a very good Nederland team that they know very well. LC-M defeated the Lady Bulldogs 7-1 and 6-1 in 20-4A play. Nederland swept Montgomery in the area round.
“One thing for sure, there won’t be any secrets because we know each other so well,” said Adkins. “They have a lot of talent and it’s going to be a challenge. We’re going to have to continue spot-on softball.”