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Yoakum falls to Lampasas in playoffs, 8-1

By By CLAY WHITTINGTON - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
May 14, 2011 at 12:14 a.m.


CANYON LAKE - Yoakum experienced one losing streak all season. Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, it came at the worst possible time.

Lampasas defeated Yoakum 8-1 on Saturday afternoon at Canyon Lake High School in Fischer to sweep the Lady Bulldogs out of the playoffs and advance to the regional semifinals. The Lady Badgers won the series opener 9-6 Friday.

According to Yoakum head coach Scott Mann, it was just a case of bad timing.

"We had one bad weekend all season," Mann said of Class 3A Region IV quarterfinal series. "We haven't had back-to-back games where we played like that all year, but I have to give credit to Lampasas."

After combining for six hits in the first two innings, the Lady Bulldogs did not record another hit until the seventh inning and did not get a runner on base until the sixth inning.

By that time, the damage was already done.

Lampasas immediately claimed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Yoakum senior first baseman Brandy Jemelka responded by hitting an RBI single to score teammate Allyson Blakeney.

The Lady Badgers extended their lead to 4-1 in the second inning, but could not keep the Lady Bulldogs off the bases as Ryan Hagan and Reagan Renken occupied first and second, respectively, with just one out.

Yoakum's momentum was quickly halted, however, as Lampasas third baseman Jennifer Herron made a diving catch off a infield shot by Blakeney to trigger a double play and end the inning.

The Lady Bulldogs (29-8-1) never recovered.

"We just couldn't get over the hump to get that one hit or that one run to propel our offense," Mann said. "When we got down, we got real nervous, and we could never overcome it mentally."

With two outs in the sixth inning, Yoakum used an error, a walk and a fielders choice to get three consecutive batters on base, but none were able to round third.

In addition to pitching the complete game, Hagan was responsible for two of the Lady Bulldogs' seven hits, including the only hit after the second inning.

On the mound, the junior struck out four of the 37 batters she faced, but gave up 10 hits and three walks.

"The kids never gave up, and that's the main thing," Mann said. "We've got seven players coming back next year, so we are expecting great things for the future. We're looking forward to it already."

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