Lady Bears thwart Huffman in Game One

Published 9:43 pm Friday, May 5, 2017

By Caleb Adams

Leader Correspondent

PORT NECHES — The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears topped the Huffman Lady Falcons 3-0 in Game One of their best two-of-three Class 4A Region III bidistrict playoff series led by the strong pitching by sophomore pitcher Brianna Frenzel, who had 11 strikeouts on the night while allowing just three hits and no walks.

The crowds for both teams showed up in force with chanting battles throughout the game cheering on their respective teams looking to extend their season to another round.

Through two innings both pitchers had held back the hitting for the most part. LC-M’s Frenzel accumulated six strikeouts on the two innings in a three-up three-down fashion. While the Huffman starter Katy Jones did the same but with only three strikeouts.

As made obvious by how the game started for the Lady Bears, this game was controlled all on the pitcher’s rubber. Both were throwing great games, but which pitcher would make a mistake first and how often was a great indicator for the outcome of the game.

The Lady Bears stuck first in the bottom of the third inning with the first run of the game. Madison Murdock led the inning with a single, after stealing second base Frenzel knocked her in with a long single to left center making it 1-0 after three innings of play.

The Lady Bears struck again in the fourth inning with more offense. Renna Toomey led it off with a single and stole second base, Olivia Leavings hit a single as well moving Toomey to third. Leavings would steal second to put runners on third and second. Jenna James knocked in Toomey with a single of her own and Jayce Perry knocked in another run in the inning. With that the Lady Bears took a 3-0 lead after four innings of play.

The Lady Falcons scored their first hit of the game in the sixth inning, posing their first threat of the game. Huffman would fail to make anything come from the hit only getting a runner to second base as the Lady Bears defense helped out Frenzel. The Lady Bears carried a lead into the seventh inning looking to clinch the win.

Frenzel did not show any signs of slowing down in the seventh inning looking to close out the game like she started it. Huffman found another hit in the inning, the first double of the game, but the LC-M defense stood tall and found the third out to clinch another playoff win for the Lady Bears, who swept Diboll in the bidistrict win.

Frenzel and Toomey had two hits apiece for the Lady Bears.

Game Two of the series will be today at noon at Crosby High School. Game Three, if necessary, will follow 30 minutes after Game Two.