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LadyBulldog softball 7 game wrap-up

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

Shanna Wilke photos
Sophomore Mattie Morrison on the mound for the LadyBulldogs.

Bandera LadyBulldog Softball opened their 2017 season on Valentine’s Day with big games against Kerrville Tivy, finishing off the week in tournament play in Uvalde and picking up a mercy win over San Antonio’s Lanier on February 21.
Kerrville Antlers
The LadyBulldogs took a 13-3 loss on their season opener against Tivy’s LadyAntlers.
“We knew going into the game that Kerrville is a good hitting team that plays a very aggressive style of ball,” Bandera Head Softball Coach Jason Botos said. “We spotted Kerrville seven runs in the first inning trying to work through our first game jitters and nerves, but we could never recover fully.”
Although a loss on the scoreboard, Botos found much to celebrate in his young team’s performance.
“I was pleased with the way our ladies competed, at the plate and in the field; we just have to get accustomed to the speed of the game and of our opponents as we move forward,” Botos said.
Uvalde Tournament
The LadyBulldogs took on “quality regional softball programs” in the Uvalde Tournament on February 16-18.
“We came away 1-4, even though our overall record is nothing brag about, our growth, effort and competitiveness is,” Botos said. “Even though we are very young varsity softball team our ladies have hearts of seasoned veterans on the softball field.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Botos notes areas that need work.
“We are still making a ton of mental mistakes that will only be eradicated through experience and the physical mistakes we are making will come with strength as these ladies mature,” Botos said. “Both negatives can be fixed, through hard work both on the field and in the weight room. I am very proud of how resilient our team is becoming, the ability to bounce back after mistakes and let it go, and look forward to competing on the next pitch, we are going to have a very successful season when it all said and done.”
Coach Botos’ Highlights from Tournament Games:
Game 1 vs. Lytle (4A) Loss 4-0
Even though we out hit Lytle in the game we stranded 7 runners on base and had 2 big errors that Lytle capitalized on scoring 2 runs in the 1st and 3rd innings; Carma Cloudt (Soph) had the only extra base hit (2B) for the LadyDogs
Gabby Leyva (Fr) received the loss only allowing no earned runs.
Game 2 vs. Johnson City (3A) Win 7-6
First game without committing an error defensively; after showing in the San Antonio stock show that morning, (Soph) Mattie Morrison showed up and entered the game in the 3rd inning and received the Victory for the Bulldogs
Gabby Leyva (Fr.) went 2-2 with a double and triple driving in 4 RBI's; Jamie Whalen(Fr) scored 2 runs and had an RBI; (Soph's)Jeannie Dickinson & Morgan Pardee each had a Hit, RBI, and Run; KK Adams (Soph) had a double, RBI, Run; Sullivan Wilke (Soph) 4 chances on defense with 2 assists and 2 put outs.
Game 3 vs. San Antonio Highlands (5A) Loss 9-3
Highlands jumped out to an early lead due to some major mental errors in the small ball game that Highlands so expertly displayed giving up 6 runs in the first two innings.
Leading Hitters were Soph's Carma Cloudt (double, 2RBI), Lindsay Brown (RBI), Sullivan Wilke, Morgan Pardee provided the only hits for the Bulldogs; Soph's Savanna Staples, Sullivan Wilke & Gabby Leyva (Fr) scored the 3 runs.
Game 4 vs. Laredo LBJ (6A) Loss 15-6
Six runs was the most scored against LBJ during this tournament and all were scored after Laredo jumped on us with 9 runs in the first inning. We were within striking distance with 15 minutes left in regulation time with a score of 9-6 before LBJ added another 6 runs before time ran out. Leading Hitters: Gabby Leyva (Fr) was perfect at the plate going 3-3, scoring 2 runs and adding another triple to her stats; Caitlyn Thrasher (Fr), (Soph's) Savanna Staples(1R), Jeannie Dickinson(1R), Carma Cloudt, KK Adams (Jr) added hits for the LadyBulldogs; Jaime Whalen (Fr) & Lindsay Brown (So) also added runs.
Game 5 vs. Carrizo Springs (4A) Loss 9-6
Out of all the losses this weekend, this game stung the most, we had the lead early and should have won. I told the ladies we didn't get beat this game, we LOST the game. We lost the game by not communicating, not being disciplined at the plate & bases, leaving 9 runners stranded, and giving away free bases. The things that caused us to lose are things we should already know how to do or not to do. Leading Hitters: Soph's Sullivan Wilke & Mattie Morrison, (Fr) Jamie Whalen each had a single
Gabby Leyva (Fr) had 2 hits a single and a double, Run, Rbi; Lacey Welch (Jr) had the team's first Homerun (3 RBI's) and 2 Runs; Morgan Pardee(Soph) Run.
Lanier Voks
The LadyBulldogs defeated the San Antonio Lanier Voks by a score of 16-1, enacting the mercy rule of 15 runs after 3 innings of play.
The Bulldogs had 10 hits as a team and 2 of them were homeruns by Sophomore Carma Cloudt (2-3, 2RBI, 1 R, HR) and Freshman Gabby Leyva (1-3 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB). “This was our most productive game offensively on the year, the ladies have put a lot of time in the batting cages over the past few weeks honing their swings, we still have a long way to go but it's always nice to see hard work pay off,” Botos said. “Overall, I was pleased with the discipline at the plate, we still need to become better softball hitters in general, understanding situations, counts, pitcher tendencies, defensive alignments, etc.. and that is a process that will continue as long as these ladies play the game.”
“Defensively we didn't have many opportunities to make plays with Gabby Leyva dealing from the circle, striking out 7, allowing 3 hits on her way to pick up the win. We mishandled a bunt opportunity and ground ball in the outfield in the third inning which allowed Lanier to get on the scoreboard.”
Highlights of the game included Sullivan Wilke was 1-2 with a triple,4 RBI, R, BB; Mattie Morrison 1-2, 2 RBI, 2R, BB; Lacey Welch 1 RBI, 2 R, 2BB and Deja Morrow 2-2, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB.
The LadyBulldogs will travel to Huber Ranch this weekend for the Sequin Tournament. They will travel to Devine on March 7, and will host Natalia on Friday, March 10, for their last regular game before District play on March 17.