Lady Broncs unbeaten in HDL

Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer
Lexi Baker of the varsity Lady Broncs snatches the throw to record an out in the recent home game played against Cal City.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

The varsity Lady Broncs softball squad continues to mow down opponents.

They played three games this past week as they had a makeup scheduled with Frazier Mountain on Wednesday.

They took all three games in a dominating performance. The offense was rolling and the pitching was lights out. They opened the week with a game versus Cal City. It took them six innings to claim the 11-1 victory. It was a close game through four innings as the two teams battled. Kern Valley opened the scoring and took the 1-0 lead. The Lady Ravens answered to tie it at 1-1, but the

Lady Broncs added two in their half of the fourth to go up 3-1.

Kern Valley broke it open in the bottom of the fifth as they scored five runs to gain the huge advantage. They added three more in the sixth to close out the game and give them another High Desert League win.

Kern Valley as a team collected 12 hits, including three for extra bases. They put the ball in play walking only once and only striking out five times.

Leading the way for the Lady Broncs was Sadi Hartman with three hits, including a triple. She knocked in one run. Lexi Baker had three hits, including a double to plate a pair of runs, while Helen Hayes delivered a pair of hits, including a double. She knocked in two runs. Hannah Ocampo had two hits and one RBI, while Brenna Acosta had two hits to close out the offense. Krista Witten was credited with one RBI.

In the circle, Hayes had another stellar pitching performance. She allowed the one unearned run on one hit. She walked two and struck out 13 Cal City batters.

The very next day Frazier Mountain came to town to make up the game that was postponed because of an umpiring shortage.

This was another six-inning affair that Kern Valley won 10-0. The Lady Broncs scored two in the first, another two in the second to go up 4-0. They followed that with one run in the third and three more in the fourth to push the score to 8-0. They finished it off with two more in the bottom of the sixth to claim the win.

The Lady Broncs had just six hits as a team. The team also was given six free passes and was hit by the pitch twice. Kern Valley also reached by error three times.

Leading the offense were Kassy Opferman and Baker with a pair of hits and one RBI apiece. Hartman and Haily Martinez each had one hit and one RBI, while Acosta and Hayes each recorded one RBI.

Hayes tossed another no hitter in her six innings of pitching. She walked one batter and struck out 15.

Two days later a trip to Bishop was at hand for Kern Valley. Taking on their rival was also the end of the first round of High Desert League action.

The contest only went five innings as the Lady Broncs won the game 16-0 to move to 6-0 in the HDL and sit atop the standings.

The Lady Broncs were successful as Hayes threw another no hitter. The offense did its part as they had 15 hits, including four that went for extra bases. The biggest extra base hit came off the bat of Hartman who smacked a home run. She had another single and was credited with four RBIs. Acosta and Baker each had two hits, including a double with a pair of RBIs. Opferman and Witten each had two hits and two RBIs, while Martinez had two hits and one RBI. Anne Keverline had one hit and two RBIs, while Mila Morgan had one hit apiece.

Hayes pitching line was five innings pitched, no hits, no runs, one walk and 10 strikeouts.

Kern Valley will have to wait until Friday to begin the second round of league play. Boron will make the trip to the valley.