Lady Cardinals get two gems from Fall
Last updated 3/27/2023 at 10am
The Bridge City Lady Cardinals and their fans are excited to have their star pitcher back in the circle after she missed the first three district softball games. Carson Fall returned to the lineup to pitch a pair of gems for Bridge City at Lumberton on Tuesday, March 21 and then at home against Jasper on Friday, March 24.
A leg injury kept Fall from pitching for almost three weeks in early March. Carson apparently was not hindered by anything on March 21 holding the Lady Raiders hitless in a 10-0 shutout while striking out 14 Lumberton batters.
The Lady Cardinals scored six runs in the top of the seventh to secure the victory. Nicole Sasser and Brooklyn Droddy both had two hits in the game for Bridge City. With the return of Fall as the starting pitcher freshman Cambree LaComb who filled the void in the circle for the Lady Cardinals during Fall's earlier absence has moved to first base and is still swinging a potent bat.
The Lady Cardinals got more of the same from Fall against the Jasper Lady Bulldogs on Friday as she pitched her second straight no-hitter with 18 strikeouts in a 6-1 victory. The Lady Bulldogs did coax a walk in the fifth inning from the Bridge City hurler and used two stolen bases with an errant throw on the second steal at third base to score their only run.
In fourteen innings during the two games since returning from her injury Carson Fall has struck out 32 and not given up a hit. "That kid is something special. She shows up with a different intensity then we have normally. When Carson comes out here she means business and that gets the rest of these girls in the right zone," Bridge City Coach Raven Harris expressed.
Nicole Sasser had another good game with the bat for the Lady Cardinals. Coach Harris also recognized Haley Munoz as an excellent leadoff batter who sees a lot of pitches and finds ways to get on base. Munoz had a bunt single to drive in a run against Jasper.
Undefeated and at the top of the District 19-4A softball standings is Little Cypress Mauriceville. The Lady Bears won their fourth straight game to start district with an exciting 5-4 triumph over the Lady Bulldogs at Jasper on Tuesday, March 21.
The game was scoreless in the bottom of the third inning. Jasper got its first two batters on base and threatened to take the lead but Lady Bear shortstop Eden Frenzel snared a line drive then threw to Lexis Moss at second to double up the runner there before Moss relayed to Ansley Moore at first base to complete a rare triple play and stymie the potential rally for the Lady Bulldogs.
The outstanding defensive play sparked the Lady Bears' offense. To begin the top of the next inning Keylie Washburn laid down a bunt single. Moss immediately followed with a monster homerun over the centerfield fence to give LCM a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Bears padded their 2-1 lead in the sixth as Ava Wright drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second by Tessa Erickson. Ava White doubled to drive in Wright and White scored when Moore reached on an error by Jasper.
Little Cypress Mauriceville hung on for the 5-4 road win using a sacrifice fly from Wright in the seventh inning to bring home what proved to be the deciding run.
Erickson threw all seven innings to get the pitching win. She gave up six hits, walked seven, and struck out eight. Only one of the four runs Tessa allowed was earned.
Little Cypress Mauriceville moved to 5-0 in district with an 18-3 win over the West Orange Stark Lady Mustangs on Friday, March 24. After a rough start for Ella Stephenson in the circle Tessa Erickson relieved and faced ten batters giving up no hits, walking two, striking out six, and not yielding a run.
The Lady Bears banged out ten hits in the game. Erickson had three singles while Eden Frenzel and Ansley Moore both drilled doubles.
This Tuesday's game against the Silsbee Lady Tigers marked the end of the first half of district play for the Little Cypress Mauriceville Lady Bears. The second half starts Friday which is a bye date for Little Cypress Mauriceville. The Lady Bears play at Bridge City on Tuesday, April 4, against the second place Lady Cardinals who played the West Orange Stark Lady Mustangs on Tuesday.