Lady Broncs continue winning

Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer; Kern Valley’s, Helen Hayes warms up between innings in the recent home game against South High of Bakersfield.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

The varsity Lady Broncs softball squad continues to roll through opponents.

This past week they kept the record perfect as they won three games, the closest being the one they won 11-1 against West High of Bakersfield. They bombarded Kennedy 19-0 and took care of South High of Bakersfield 19-1.

With the offense collecting big hits and the dominating pitching, Kern Valley (7-0) will enter High Desert League play. They played rival Bishop on Tuesday to begin their league action.

In the circle, Helen Hayes of the Lady Broncs allowed just four hits over the three games. The highlight of the week was against Kennedy where she threw a no-no. The control at first was shaky, but she bounced back and retired the last 14 batters in the game. In the bottom of the first, Hayes walked the lead off hitter. She then struck out the next batter. Following that she put her second runner on base as the batter was hit by the pitch. She battled back to record two strikeouts and cruised the rest of the way. Only three batters in the game were able to put the bat on the ball against Hayes. Two ground outs and a pop up were the only time Kennedy was able to make contact to put the ball in play.

Her line score for the game was 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K.

The following day against South High, Hayes took control and gave her teammates the chance to explode on offense scoring 19 runs. Hayes allowed just two hits and one unearned run. She walked three and struck out eight in five innings of pitching. She came back the next day and continued to master the circle as she duplicated her effort from the previous day. She gave up two hits, and one unearned run against West High. She walked three and struck out eight. Hayes totals for the week were 15 IP, 4 H, 2 R 0 ER, 7 BB, 27 K.

The Kern Valley offense did their part as they were able to collect a team total of 46 hits, including 15 for extra bases. They took advantage of every single pitcher as they pounded out the hits and made life easy for their own pitcher.

In the game versus Kennedy, Sadi Hartman led the charge as she had four hits, including a pair of doubles. She plated four runs for Kern Valley. Brenna Acosta delivered three hits, including a triple and a double with three RBIs, while Sam Alvarez had a pair of hits, including a double and two RBIs. Lexi Baker smacked a three bagger and a single with one RBI, while Hayes had two hits, including a double and one RBI. Aryan Meyers had a pair of hits, while Riley Blunkall got in on the hit parade as she had one hit and one RBI. Kassy Opferman and Hailey Martinez had one hit each.

The offense continued to bang out hits the following day against South. Kern Valley delivered 16, including a pair of doubles and a triple. Alvarez led the way with three hits (3B, 2B) and drove in five runs. Blunkall had three hits and two RBIs, while Acosta had three hits. Hartman cracked a double and a single to plate two runs, while Hayes and Martinez each had two hits and two RBIs. Baker rounded out the hot parade with a single.

In their final game of the week, the Lady Broncs went up against West High. Kern Valley took control early and never looked back. They opened with two runs in the first, added four in the second, four in the fourth and one run in the fifth to close out the scoring. West got their lone run in the third. A walked base hit and a couple of errors pushed the run home.

Hartman had the hot bat once again as she had four hits and a pair of doubles. She was credited with one RBI. Alvarez had three hits, including bashing a home run. She also had a double and recorded four RBIs. Meyers collected two hits, including a double and drove in one, while Hayes had two hits and one RBI. Blunkall had one hit and one RBI, while Martinez closed out the offense with one hit.

Head coach Brianna Moss said, “We got the chance to play some tougher opponents this week. On Thursday we played South at home. They had a good pitcher and I was very happy with how our girls adjusted and hit the ball. West was probably the toughest team we’ve faced so far and again the girls did a great job. Having Helen out there pitching for us automatically gives us a great advantage. But the girls are hitting well and playing well as a team. I was happy to get these games in as we move into league next week. One of the highlights of the week was Helen throwing a no-hitter against Kennedy.”

Kern Valley takes on Desert at home on Friday.

Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer; Bryce Kelso of the junior varsity Lady Broncs softball team takes a cut at the pitch against South High in the recent home game. No individual to team information for this game was made available.

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