Orange Grove sweeps Cuero

Rey Castillo By Rey Castillo

May 6, 2017 at 9:36 p.m.

Cuero freshman Te'Era Johnson admitted she was nervous before the start of softball season.

Now, with a full season under her belt, Johnson learned what it was like to win, lose and unfortunately learn the pain of having her season end after Orange Grove completed a two-game sweep of the Lady Gobblers with a 4-2 area round win Saturday at the Cuero softball field.

However, Johnson said she's ready for the next challenge.

She's ready to start her sophomore season stronger than ever.

"I think I played my best," Johnson said. "Next year, I'm coming in knowing what to expect and I'm ready for next season."

Johnson finished 1-for-3 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

Starting pitcher Regan Dunn did all she could in the circle for the Lady Gobblers after pitching all seven innings.

The junior ace allowed four runs (one earned) with six strikeouts.

"I'm always proud of my team," Dunn said. "We never once gave up or stalled. We went out fighting, and I couldn't be more proud of the way we competed."

"I love my teammates," Johnson added. "This is the best team I've ever played on, and I'm just glad I was able to be on a team with these ladies."

The Lady Gobblers (17-9) managed three hits, but couldn't push across runners in scoring position against Orange Grove starting pitcher Bea Lara. Lara pitched a no-hitter the night before and picked up where she left in Game 2. In seven innings, the Lady Bulldogs' ace delivered another quality start, allowing two runs with 13 strikeouts.

"I thought we did a good job of putting the ball in play," said Cuero coach Cody Miller. "They have a good pitcher over there, but errors in the field hurt a lot. But as far we what we had in the circle in Regan Dunn, she's one of the best in the state in my opinion, and I'm excited to see what she brings to the table in her senior year."

The Lady Bulldogs (18-7-1) scored two runs in the first inning and two in the fourth to pad their series win. Courtney Bigley and Aly Flowers combined for four hits and an RBI. Olivia Gutierrez delivered an RBI single in the fourth inning, followed by an RBI double by Roberta Trevino to give the Lady Bulldogs their 4-2 lead.

"It's going to be fun to see what we develop into," Miller said. "Hopefully, we can build on what we did this year and previous years."

The Lady Gobblers will graduate three seniors this month in Maegan Pakebusch, Amber Rangel and Raevin Ruiz.

"I'm excited for next year and I'm going to miss our seniors," Miller said. "During the spring, it's tough to compete every day and for the most part we did that, and I'm not disappointed in our effort. We still have some things to work on with some young kids that are still learning at the varsity level and anything we can do in the postseason is a building block for the future."

Orange Grove 4, Cuero 2

Orange Grove 200 200 0 - 4 6 1

Cuero 010 001 00 - 2 3 4

W - Bea Lara; L - Regan Dunn

Highlights - (Cuero) Te'Era Johnson 1-for-3, RBI, Maegan Pakebusch 1-for-2, Maraya Guzman 1-for-3. (Orange Grove) Courtney Bigley 2-for-3, RBI, Alyson Flowers 2-for-3, Olivia Gutierrez 1-for-3, RBI, Roberta Trevino 1-for-3, RBI.

Records - Cuero 17-9; Orange Grove 18-7-1.


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