By Ray Conner
The Lady Broncs varsity softball team swung into their High Desert League schedule riding a seven game winning streak.
Up first was a trip to Bishop to battle with the Lady Broncos. It was not much of a game, as Helen Hayes in the circle dominated Bishop. The final score favored Kern Valley 14-0.
She allowed just four base runners the whole way to toss a no-hitter. She was in control and had every pitch working. She walked one batter, hit a pair of Lady Broncos, and one batter reached on a fielding error. Hayes struck out 13 batters to collect her and her teammates’ eighth win of the season.
The offense did its part as they banged out 17 hits, including four for extra bases.
The Lady Broncs broke into the scoring column in the third inning. They roughed up the Bishop pitchers for nine runs. As a team they collected eight hits and reached base safely on two errors committed by the Lady Broncos.
The next inning was more of the same, Hayes doing her job in shutting down the Bishop offense, while the Lady Broncs bats stayed hot.
They scored four runs to take the 13-0 lead. Nine batters came to the plate in this inning. Kern Valley delivered seven straight hits to push those four runs home. They would add one more run in the fifth to close out the scoring.
Kern Valley pitching: Hayes W (8-0), 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K.
Lady Broncs hitting: Krista Witten 4 (2B), Sadi Hartman 3 (HR, 2B), Lexi Baker 3, Sam Alvarez 2 (3B), Haily Martinez 2, Riley Blunkall 1, Hayes 1, Hannah Ocampo 1.
Head coach Brianna Moss said, “The girls hit really well. It was a great way to open league.”
Three days later Desert came to face off with the Lady Broncs. This was a battle the whole way as the Lady Scorpions were able to end the Kern Valley winning streak.
The Lady Broncs took the lead in the fourth as they scored one run, Desert would answer in the top of the fifth as they knotted the score at 1-1. The Lady Scorpions came to bat in the sixth and grabbed the lead for the first time. They scored a pair of runs to make it 3-1 and put Kern Valley in an unfavorable position, a place they have not been a lot this year, by trailing their opponent.
Kern Valley got one back in their half of the sixth as they took advantage of an error by Desert. With the score sitting at 3-2 for the Lady Scorpions, the seventh inning rolled around. Desert put a runner at third, but could not cash in giving Kern Valley hope.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Broncs had the tying run at second with two outs. A strikeout ended the threat and the game sent Kern Valley to their first loss on the season.
Kern Valley hitting (3): Hartman 2 (3B), Witten 1. Martinez recorded the one and only RBI.
Lady Broncs pitching: Hayes L (8-1), 7 IP, 4 H, 3R, 3 ER, 10 BB, 13 K
Moss said, “Friday’s game against Desert was a tough one. We had a rough day pitching and a rough day at the plate. It all combined for a really close game. Desert is definitely a tough team. We look forward to playing them again in a few weeks.”
Kern Valley, in hoping to get back into the win column, was back in action on Tuesday as they went on the road to square off with the Lady Falcons of Frazier Mountain. They will be home on Friday as they entertain the Lady Roadrunners of Rosamond.