Kern Valley beats Lady Crusaders

Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer- Bailey Hurst of the varsity Lady Broncs softball squad waits for the delivery of the pitch in recent home game.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

Despite the storms rolling through, the varsity Lady Broncs softball squad was able to get one game in this week.

It would be another dominating performance by the Kern Valley squad.

The Lady Broncs traveled to Ridgecrest to take on the Immanuel Christian Lady Crusaders. For the first two innings it was close as the Lady Broncs pushed a run home in the top of the first.
With the score stirring at 1-0 in Kern Valley’s favor they came to bat in the top of the third.

The team broke out and crossed the home dish 11 times to open a big lead at 12-0. Helen Hayes in the circle continued to mow down batters and the game only lasted five innings as Kern Valley added another run in the top of the fifth to put it at 13-0.

The Lady Crusaders had no response for the big inning and the game was ended due to the 10-run mercy rule.

In the game, the Lady Broncs only collected five hits as a team, but took advantage of wildness by the Lady Crusaders pitchers. Kern Valley was issued eight walks.

Hayes tossed all five innings and recorded her second no-no of the season. She gave up one walk, and hit one batter, while striking out 13 Lady Crusaders.

Kern Valley at the plate was led by Sadi Hartman, who left the yard with a home run. She would have two RBIs in the contest.

Others picking up hits were, Haily Martinez with two, Anne Keverline and Aryan Meyers with one apiece.

Martinez was credited with a pair of RBIs. Keverline, Brenna Acosta, Krista Witten, Meyers and Bailey Hurst had one RBI each in the game.

With the victory, the Lady Broncs moved to 2-2 on the year. The High Desert League started on Tuesday as Kern Valley took on the Lady Bobcats in Boron. On Friday it will be another road game as they will take on Desert.