Lady Cards down LC-M with 3 HRs
BRIDGE CITY – It was all about the long ball Tuesday night as the first-place Bridge City Lady Cardinals belted the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears 10-3 in District 24-4A action at Lady Cardinal Field.
Four home runs were hit in the contest, three of them coming from Bridge City, including two by standout pitcher Kassidy Wilbur.
Wilbur had a solo home run and a two-run shot for the Lady Cardinals, who improved to a perfect 9-0 in 24-4A play. Hannah Carpenter had a three-run blast for the Redbirds while Renna Toomey had a two-run homer for the Lady Bears, who slipped to 5-5 in 24-4A play.
The Lady Cardinals finished with seven hits while the Lady Bears had five.
Wilbur worked six innings for BC, scattering four hits while striking out nine and walking four. Peyton Trapp tossed the seventh frame for BC.
Jenna James started for LC-M, going 1 1/3 innings while Brianna Frenzel tossed 4 2/3 innings.
The Lady Bears snagged a pair of runs with two outs in the top of the second inning thanks to the bat of Toomey.
James drew a two-out walk and Toomey planted a Wilbur offering over the left-centerfield fence for a 2-0 Lady Bear lead.
The Lady Cardinals countered quickly in the bottom half of the second.
Meagan Sourdellia and Lauren Groom drew back-to-back walks. Maggie Garcia then put down a perfect bunt hit right in front of the play.
The Lady Bears made an errant throw on the play that went all the way deep into leftfield as all three Lady Cardinals came in to score to make it 3-2.
Abby Anderson reached on an error and Faith Kaufman walked to set up Hannah Carpenter. Carpenter came up big when she crushed a James pitch over the leftfield fence for a three-run home run that actually hit the scoreboard.
James was relieved by Frenzel on the Lady Bear mound. Wilbur then came up and ripped a pitch over the right centerfield fence for a solo bomb as BC increased its lead to 7-2.
Wilbur made the Lady Bears pay again with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Baili Thibodaux had a leadoff double and Wilbur took a Frenzel pitch high and deep over the centerfield fence for a two-run blast to make it 9-2.
The Lady Bears snagged a run in the top of the sixth inning.
Ally White led off with a sharp double to the rightfield fence. JoAnna Henry then belted a deep fly ball to center that was caught but White was able to scoot home with nice baserunning to make it 9-3.
BC added a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Thibodaux had a leadoff single to open it up. She went to third on a Kaufman grounder and scored on a wild pitch.
The Lady Bears threatened in the top of the first inning but came away empty-handed.
Brianna Frenzel had a one-out infield single and Wilbur walked Jone’e Villanueva and Kayla Manuel back-to-back to load the bases.
Wilbur got out of the jam, getting Ally White to fly out and then BC catcher Groom made a superb diving catch of a foul ball hit by JoAnna Henry to record the third out.
In the bottom of the first, Baili Thibodaux drew a leadoff walk and went all the way to third on a Kaufman sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Wilbur was hit by a James pitch. Caitlin Denison then hit a sharp drive to leftfield that LC-M leftfielder Manuel made and excellent catch on.
The Lady Cardinals will visit second-place Silsbee Friday. LC-M is off Friday and will host Silsbee on Tuesday.