The No. 1 Shiner softball team was expecting a challenge against Weimar and got just that. The Lady Comanches passed the test and remained unbeaten in district after holding off the Lady Wildcats 9-4 on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Green-Dickson Park.
Kailey Williams hit a double and scored a run against Weimar on March 28 ( , 2017 ).
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"It was a big test for us," Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said. "Weimar challenges you on the bases. If you boggle a ball, they will take the extra base. Fortunately, we had a big inning (the third) to give us some momentum and some hits after Bethany’s (Nevlud) big hit. I think that is what turned things around."
The Lady 'Cats broke a scoreless game in the top of the third inning as Micaela Mangum reached on fielder’s choice, reached third on an error and scored on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the inning, Kassidy Bishop got a leadoff walk and Mackinly Pilat was hit by the pitch to give the Lady Comanches two base runners. Nevlud then sent a ball sailing over the left-field wall to bring in a total of three runs, her sixth home run of the season.
"I’ve been in a little slump these last two weeks and I knew I had to relax," Nevlud said. "I just had to go up there, play the game and let my instincts do what they had to do which was just let myself hit the ball."
Lauren Schuette earned a walk and later scored on the same error that allowed Madison Jalufka to reach base. Jalufka’s runner, Cameron Cowan, took second and then third on passed balls. Lauren Haas hit an RBI single to left field to bring in Cowan for a 5-1 Shiner advantage.
Weimar pulled one run back in the fourth — Emma Holland was walked and scored on the hit from Darrian Smith who tried to reach second but was thrown out. Makayla Munz singled and got to second on the fielder’s choice as Kamie Klesel got on via an error. Later, Klesel tried to get to home but was out on the fielder’s choice play from third baseman Haas to catcher Jalufka, preventing the run.
In the top of the fifth, Casey Menis lead off with a double and later scored on the sacrifice groundout by Skyler Hickman to get Weimar within 5-2.
Shiner had another big inning in the bottom of the fifth. Kailey Williams got the leadoff double, Haas reached on an error and Claire Patek singled to load the bases. Williams scored on the passed ball while Haas and Patek each advanced one base.
Taylor Wenske reached on the wild pitch, Patek headed for third and Haas attempted to score but was tagged out on home. Bishop took base on another wild pitch. Nevlud was walked to score Patek and Schuette singled in Wenske and Bishop.
Weimar brought in one more run, with two hits, in the top of the sixth but went three up and three down in the top of the seventh.
Nevlud earned the win with three runs, four hits, two walks and one strikeout in five innings. Haas threw for two innings with one run on two hits and one strikeout.
At the plate, Nevlud was 1-for-1, run, home run and four RBI ;Schuette went 1-for-3, run and two RBI; Williams was 1-for-4, run and double. Haas hit 1-for-3 with an RBI; Patek fi nished 1-for-3 with one run; Bishop scored two runs; Pilat, Cowan and Wenske each scored one run.
Cerny said the girls did very well and rose to the occasion in front of lots of supporters.
GAME SUMMARY: Shiner 9, Weimar 4 Weimar 001 111 0-4 7 2 Shiner 005 040 x-9 5 3 W — Darrian Smith and Micaela Mangum. S — Bethany Nevlud, Lauren Haas (6) and Madison Jalufka. W — Nevlud. L — Smith. HR — S: Nevlud 2B — W: Makayla Kunz, Casey Menis. S: Kailey Williams