Lady Yoe defeat Rockdale 14-5
The Lady Yoe traveled to face the Rockdale Lady Tigers for their district opener on Monday, March 6. Cameron handily defeated Rockdale 14-5.
The Lady Yoe offense was on fire, scoring in every single inning. The Lady Yoe tallied a whopping 22 hits on the day to go with the 14 runs. Three of those hits left the park as home runs from Brooklyn McCall, Kasara Brooks and Lauren Harris.
“The biggest thing is we don’t get discouraged by hitting the ball hard,” Said Coach Labaron Graham. “A lot of teams get discouraged when they hit the ball hard and people catch it; we don’t. We know we can still make plays and still do things. That’s what we were doing. So, hitting the ball hard for us is going to end up how it did. We scored runs eventually, and we’re going to find those gaps. They enjoy playing together, and they work hard on that and they make sure every inning counts.”
Sam Frausto was the winning pitcher for Cameron. The hurler went five innings, allowing five runs on ten hits, striking out six and walking one. After giving up four runs in the first inning, she buckled down and allowed only one more run the rest of the game.
“We talked a lot about this. I think our biggest thing is kind of a norm in Cameron is to start slow,” Graham said. “We start slow every (first) inning. When she came back in the dugout, I asked her how she was feeling. She said she felt fine. When she stepped out of the dugout to go back out there, there was a different light in her eye. She really felt that she could tangle with anybody. It’s confidence, and that’s what we’re building is a lot of confidence in this program.”
Zayda Spillers came in and threw two shutout innings in relief out of the bullpen, striking out all three batters in the seventh inning.
The Cameron Lady Yoe softball team participated in a tournament hosted by Franklin over the weekend.
They played three games on Thursday. The first game was against the Riesel Lady Indians, and Cameron won 7-1. The Lady Indians opened up scoring in the first inning with a solo home run. The Lady Yoe answered in the third inning with a two run single by Camryn Ward to take a 2-1 lead. Cameron piled on and notched five runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower was led by Sam Frausto, Lauren Harris, and Camryn Ward, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Ward led the Lady Yoe offense with two hits in three at bats. The Lady Yoe defense was sure-handed as they didn’t commit a single error. Sam Frausto was the winning pitcher for Cameron. She allowed five hits and one run over five innings, striking out one. Their next game was against the Navasota Lady Rattlers. The Lady Yoe came out on top, beating Navasota 5-2.
Lindsay Talafuse led Cameron with two hits in two at bats. Polson pitched the Lady Yoe to victory. She allowed four hits and two runs over five innings, striking out three and walking one. The third game was against the Milano Lady Eagles. The Lady Yoe would be defeated 9-8 after allowing Milano to score six runs in the final inning to steal the game. Cameron played two more games on Saturday. The first was against the Coahoma Lady Bulldogs, and Cameron was defeated 14-1.
Their final game was against the Waco Midway Lady Panthers JV team. The Lady Yoe defeated Midway 8-4. The game was tied at four with Cameron batting in the top of the fifth inning when Lindsay Talafuse earned an RBI on a groundout, scoring one run. That would be followed by a single from Sam Frausto and a home run by Kasara Brooks to win 8-4 to conclude the tournament. Cameron totaled ten hits, Camryn Ward and Kasara Brooks each had multiple hits for the Lady Yoe. Sam Frausto earned the victory for Cameron. She lasted five innings, allowing six hits and four runs while striking out one.
Up next for the Lady Yoe will be their district home opener against the Troy Trojanettes, home of former Cameron coach Chris Sommerfield.
“It’s revenge,” Graham said. “Those girls want this game, it’s big for them. Not only because it’s Troy, but also their former coach is there, and they’re state ranked. We’re up for everybody now. I think we can play with anybody and I think we got confidence tonight, but it’s going to be revenge for us to get back at him and let him know this is a good team he left.”
The game will be Friday and first pitch is set for 7 p.m.