LadyBulldog softball season closer at Canyon Lake
By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer
Pictured: Shanna Wilke photo
Freshman Gabby Leyva pitches for the LadyBulldogs.
LadyBulldog Softball will play their final District game this Friday, April 21, at Canyon Lake High School starting at 5 pm, after coming off a tough week against Hondo and Fredericksburg.
“We were back in action after a week off versus Canyon Lake and Boerne,” Head Softball Coach Jason Botos said. “It is always tough on teams to have a bye right in the middle of the district play and it just so happened that STAAR testing fell in the same week which gave us an extended ten day layoff.”
The LadyBulldogs utilized the time to hone in on fundamentals.
“We used the time to work on small parts of the game and compete amongst ourselves,” Botos said. “It was good to see the things we worked on come into play during the games this week and our girls be successful.”
The LadyBulldogs took on Canyon Lake in the first round on April 4, at LadyBulldog stadium.
The Hawks took advantage of an error in the first inning and took the lead scoring two runs. Bandera found themselves down 7-0 in the fifth inning.
“Our bats woke up and we pushed two runs across and gained a little momentum,” Botos said. “We were able to scratch out four runs and get the tying run to third in the bottom of the sixth before Canyon Lake shut down our rally.”
The LadyBulldogs rallied some timely pinch hits by Deja Morrow and Carma Cloudt, driving in two runs each.
In the top of the seventh, Canyon Lake scored two more runs before Bandera was able to get off the field, but the Bulldogs persevered getting two runners on and the tying run at the plate, however they were unable to push across the runs.
“It was a great game and full of excitement, but three or four defensive plays made the difference in this game,” Botos said.
Highlights from the game included Lindsay Brown 2-4, 2-doubles, 2 RBI, Run; Carma Cloudt 1-2 2 RBI; Deja Morrow 1-1 RBI; Jamie Whalen - 1 Hit, Run.
On April 7, the LadyBulldogs hosted the Boerne Greyhounds, starting the second round of district play.
“We played four great innings of softball against District leading Boerne, but as been the case in most games this season, we had one bad inning where we lose focus and give our opponents a big inning that we can't recover from,” Botos said.
Bandera had seven errors in the second inning allowing Boerne to score ten runs.
“The errors were all preventable, bad throws, picking our head up before we secure the ball, letting the ball play us on the infield instead of playing the ball, etc.,” Botos said. “We made some really great plays, had some good hits but we could never string hits together to push across runs.”
Bulldog highlights include Lindsay Brown 2-2; Morgan Pardee 2-2; Jamie Whalen single; Penelope Garcia single.
This past week the LadyBulldogs played two big district games trying to keep playoff hopes alive, but weather and “offensive production” had other plans.
Bandera was originally scheduled to play Hondo on Tuesday, but when they were about ten miles outside of town they received the call stating the game would be postponed until the following day on an already short playing week with the Holiday weekend.
“We played back to back days this week and after an upsetting inning vs. Hondo we never quite fully recovered before our last home game vs. Fredericksburg,” Botos said.
Against Hondo, both teams rattled off eight hits each throughout the game and both teams made exciting defensive plays. In the end, Hondo had three timely hits in the fifth inning that put the Owls in the lead for good.
“Every game we get better in a certain aspect of the game, but we have failed to put it all together for seven solid innings, both offensively and defensively,” Botos said.
With the score tied 2-2 in the fifth, Hondo scored on back to back doubles with one out to take the lead for good.
Highlights included Allie Soupley - 3-3, RBI; Lindsay Brown 3-4 double, RBI; Morgan Pardee 2-4, 1 Run.
The LadyBulldogs finished off the week taking on the Fredericksburg Billies on Bandera’s home field.
“Our final home game of the 2017 season did not go the way the we had planned, playing on a rain soaked field led to some sloppy play defensively early in the game which allowed Fredericksburg to take an early lead and put a damper on any fire that we tried to get started,” Botos said.
Highlights from the last home district game included Sullivan Wilke, Lindsay Brown, Allie Soupley, Jamie Whalen, who all had singles for the LadyBulldogs.