The Orange Leader
PORT ARTHUR —
No question about it, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears went for the knockout punch against the Dayton Lady Broncos Saturday afternoon in Game Two of their Class 4A Region III bidistrict series.
After getting punched in the mouth 11-3 in Game One Friday night, the Lady Broncos couldn’t even throw a “flurry” in Game Two as LC-M pitchers Raven Cole and Hope Russell combined on a no-hitter as the Lady Bears easily won 10-0 at Port Arthur Memorial High School to advance to the area round next week.
It took nearly four innings for the Lady Bear bats to get going against Dayton starter Chelsea Hostetler, but when they did, their sharp “punches” blitzed the Dayton (19-9) squad as they finished the knockout in six innings.
LC-M (29-5) finished with 10 hits, eight of them coming in the fifth and sixth innings.
Cole tossed the first 3 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking six. Russell closed it out, working 2 1/3 innings while fanning one.
“I had no idea we had the no-hitter until the end of the game,” said LC-M coach Dena Adkins. “That is sweet. We have two excellent ones in Raven and Hope. Defensively, we were outstanding and we made some tough plays look routine. It’s that time of the year when you’re defense has to be top-notch and we were that today.”
LC-M will now take on either Georgetown Eastview or Huntsville in the area round. Eastview defeated Huntsville 6-4 in Game One Friday and Huntsville won Game Two 3-2 Saturday. Game Three will be played Monday night.
The Lady Bears scratched in a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Kassie James, who was 2-for-4, got it going with a sharp single to center. With two outs, Taylor Fraccastoro hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Ravin Wilson. Wilson made a good play on the ball but made an errant throw to second base trying to get James and the ball rolled all the way into centerfield as James hustled in to score and Fraccastoro went to third.
Chelsea McLain plated Fraccastoro with a RBI groundout to second to up the margin to 2-0.
LC-M exploded with big hits in the bottom of the fifth.
Morgan Babineaux got it going with a leadoff infield single and Shelby LeBouef was hit by a Hostetler pitch. Mikaela Stegall, who was 2-for-4, got on with a fielder’s choice to left as Babineaux was thrown out at third.
Kayleigh Roy, who went 2-for-3, loaded the bases when she cranked a booming single to left. James promptly made it 4-0 with a towering two-run double to center.
Fraccastoro plated two more runs with a blooping single to shallow right-centerfield. With two outs, Russell brought in courtesy runner Alisha Fuss with a single to center.
“We struggled a little at the plate early on but the kids know what they’re capable of,” said Adkins. “We hit the kid (Hostetler) hard on Friday night and we knew that our bate would come around,” Everyone contributed at the plate the last two days. I think we got 23 hits in two days. I’m extremely proud of Shelby (LeBouef). We’ve been battling injuries of late and after sitting on the bench and courtesy running for most of the season, she’s been big at the plate lately, especially in our two games against Dayton. I couldn’t be prouder of her right now, she’s a real ‘trooper’”.
In the top of the sixth, LeBouef opened with a sharp single to left and Stegall reached on an infield single. Roy followed with a big single to right that plated Lebouef.
That was it for Hostetler on the Dayton hill as she was replaced by Presley Bell.
Hostetler allowed 10 hits while striking out five and walking two.
Cole made it 9-0, scoring Stegall with a sacrifice fly to right. Fraccastoro ended it when she lofted a sacrifice fly to center to score Roy.