Lady Bears rope Silsbee

Published 9:10 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018

LITTLE CYPRESS — Trying to click on all cylinders before the Class 4A softball playoffs start next week, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears picked up an impressive 5-0 victory over the Silsbee Lady Tigers at Lady Bear Field Tuesday night.

The Lady Bears (22-3, 7-2), who will finish second in the District 22-4A race behind the Bridge City Lady Cardinals, were impressive at the plate against Silsbee (4-5 in district), netting 10 hits, highlighted by a solo home run bomb by JoAnna Henry in the bottom of the sixth.

Meanwhile, Lady Bear ace Brianna Frenzel had a no-hitter going until the top of the sixth as she gave up a leadoff single. That was the only hit she allowed all night and she had eight strikeouts with just one walk.

Braley Forse went all six innings for Silsbee, allowing the 10 hits while striking out four and walking one.

The Lady Bears snagged a pair of runs in the bottom of the third with two outs.

Henry, who had two hits, got things rolling with a double to rightfield. Ally White, who also had two hits, singled just over Silsbee shortstop Hanna McInnis’ head as Henry rushed in to score.

Morgan Weaver, who also had a pair of hits, plated White with a single up the middle.

LC-M tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Weaver roped a one-out single to right and Renna Toomey followed with a shot that looked like it was going out for a home run but it hit the top of the leftfield fence and she settled for a double.

With two outs, Brianna Frenzel hit a slow-roller which was mishandled at first base as both Weaver and Toomey scooted in to score.

Miranda Pollock had a leadoff single for Silsbee in the top of the sixth and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kaylee White but was left stranded when Bailey Montgomery flied out to Lady Bear catcher Olivia Leavings to end the threat.

Silsbee loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh after an error, a walk and a hit by pitch but Frenzel ended it by fanning Pollock.

White a a deep single for LC-M in the first frame but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Bailey Frenzel had a hit in the second inning but Forse got out of it with an eventual double play.

Toomey singled in the third after the Lady Bears scored their two runs but was left stranded.

The Lady Bears will close out the regular season on the road Friday night when they visit Hamshire-Fannett.