Shiner overcomes Weimar in district matchup
March 28, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2017 at 11:50 p.m.
SHINER - Bethany Nevlud and No. 1 Shiner faced an unfamiliar situation against Weimar in the third inning.
It was the first time in six games the two-time defending state champions trailed in a game this season.
But Nevlud was determined on what she had to do when she faced a 2-2 pitch with two runners on in the bottom half of the third.
Nevlud crushed a three-run home run over the left field fence to give the Lady Comanches (12-1-2, 6-0) a lead they'd never look back on.
Nevlud (8-0) did her part in the circle as well by tossing a solid four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) with three strikeouts to lead the Lady Comanches to a 9-4 District 28-2A win over the Lady Cats at Green-Dickson Park on Tuesday.
"I give credit to all of my teammates," said Nevlud, a two-time all-state selection. "We share an overall bond, and that played a part in this huge win. We have faced a lot of lower competition compared to what we saw tonight."
"Bethany did a great job pitching," said Shiner coach Steven Cerny. "Weimar is always going to try and generate a run and take an extra base when you make a mistake. But we rely on our sticks and Bethany came up with a big hit to give us a big inning."
The Lady Cats (9-3, 5-1) got on the board first when Karlee Kansteiner ran home on a wild pitch by Nevlud in the third inning. But they couldn't capitalize after the Lady Comanches scored five runs in the bottom half.
Weimar starting pitcher Darrian Smith earned the loss after surrendering nine runs (three earned) on five hits with four strikeouts. The Lady Cats totaled seven hits with Smith and Kansteiner recording the only RBIs.
"I thought we played well," said Weimar coach Roger Maupin. "The young players are going to have to step up because we made some defensive mistakes. We have to throw strikes and make defensive plays if you want to beat Shiner."
Lauren Haas closed out the game for the Lady Comanches. Haas allowed one unearned run with one strikeout. Lauren Schuette finished 1-for-4 with a two-run single. Catcher Madison Jalufka went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
"We say all year that you have to beat Weimar," Cerny said. "When you can play with Weimar, you have a chance to beat anybody."
"We can't overthink the game when we play Weimar," Nevlud said. "But there's always that spark that hits us every year, and it gets us ready for the bigger games in the future."
Shiner 9, Weimar 4
Weimar 001 111 0- 4 7 6
Shiner 005 040 x - 9 4 3
W - Bethany Nevlud (8-0) L - Darrian Smith
Highlights - (Shiner) Bethany Nevlud 1-3, 4 RBIs, Madison Jalufka 2-for-3, 2 RBIs, Lauren Schuette 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, Lauren Haas 1-for-3 RBI. (Weimar) Makayla Kunz 2-for-3, 2 RBIs, Darrian Smith 2-for-3, RBI.
Records - Shiner 12-1-2, 6-0; Weimar 9-3, 5-1.