Lady Broncs fall behind early, can’t recover

Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer:
Amberlee Ross No. 10 of the Lady Broncs junior varsity softball squad takes a healthy cut at the pitch in the recent home game.


By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

The jayvee Lady Broncs softball squad could not overcome a large first-inning deficit when they faced Rosamond at home on May 9.

The Lady Roadrunners opened the game with 13 runs in the top of the first.

Kern Valley cut into the lead, by scoring five runs in their half of the first.

With one out, Hannah Ocampo was walked and wound up on third after swiping a pair of bases. She came into score on a wild pitch. Destiny Chaparro was hit by the pitch, while Krista Witten, and Bailey Stansbury were issued free passes to load the bases.

Naomi Mitchell reached base on an error to force one run home. Emily ‘Peanut’ Wellmerling grounded out to plate another run. Anne Keverline was hit by the pitch to once again load the bases.

Amberlee Ross singled in a pair of runs to cut into the huge lead of the Lady Roadrunners

At the end of three the score showed Rosamond ahead 15-10. They secured the win over the Lady Broncs with an 11-run fourth inning. The Lady Broncs had no answer and they would lose the game 25-11.

Kern Valley managed just six hits in the game. Ocampo and Ross led the team with two hits apiece. Ross was credited with one RBI. Witten had only one hit, but it was huge. She collected four RBIs when she smacked a grand slam home run. Aryan Meyers had one hit to close out the offense for Kern Valley. Stansbury, and Wellmerling each recorded an RBI for the Lady Broncs.

Ocampo was saddled with the loss in the circle as she went four innings. She allowed the 25 runs on nine hits. She walked seven and hit five batters. She struck out three Lady Roadrunners.