Archive - Sports Article
April 20th, 2011
The Lone Pine Lady Golden Eagles softball squad hasnât had a stellar year. The core of Eagles athletes who killed in volleyball with an undefeated league season, were spoilers right through to the semi-finals in basketball playoffs, but spring has not been kind to them.
Some of their mojo came back Saturday morning when the Eagles beat the Lucerne Valley Mustangs decisively at 19-13.
The match-up between the Bishop Lady Broncos softball squad and the Rosamond Lady Roadrunners was a 10-inning epic played out at home Friday afternoon.
Tied 9-9 at the end of seven innings, it took three more to determine the winner. The Roadrunners pulled ahead in the 10th for a 10-14 win.
âThe girls played hard,â said coach Stacy Van Nest. âThey never gave up. The score and our league record (0-3) do not reflect all that our girls have accomplished. They played two ranked teams this week and challenged both.â
The Bishop Broncos beat the Rosamond Roadrunners by a score of 3-1 Friday.
No, it wasnât a soccer game, it was baseball in what amounted to a defensive battle. Broncos Doug Watterson and Tanner Kruse won that battle by a margin not reflected in the score, combining for 15 strikeouts against Rosamondâs Matt Francoâs three.
The win catapults Bishop ahead of Rosamond for the top High Desert League spot with a 3-0 record in league, 11-2 overall.
The Big Pine Lady Warriors softball team dropped the first game against the Trona Tornados 8-14 Friday, then came back to avenge the loss with a 26-7 rout.
âWe should have won both games,â said coach Bob Church. âWe gave up too many bases on balls combined with defensive errors.â
Big Pine came back in the second game with a scoring drive in the bottom of the second inning to secure the second-game win.
Trisha Fortney pitched 3-2/3 innings
Anna Miller pitched the final 1-1/3 innings
Rachel Gibbons: 3 for 3, 2 RBI
Alicia Peterson: 2 for 3, 2 RBI
Track is a sport of personal bests and incremental improvement, with success measured in fractions of a second.
Despite Bishopâs loss to Rosamond, April 1, both the boys and girls teams have shown that incremental improvement in the three weeks since the season opener at California City.
The Broncos boys team had their share of event winners.
Tim McMullen took first in hurdles in 18.48 seconds. The team of McMullen, Ryan Davis, Trevor Beck and Tim Pejsa won the 4x100 relay.
Eastern Sierra Sliders Host Reining Clinic
Sandy Day will be conducting reining clinics at the Indian Creek Ranch, April 9-10.
Day has raised, trained and taken horses to the finals in major NRCHA and NRHA events and will share her knowledge with locals. Morning and afternoon sessions will be limited to five riders each for a total of 20 slots over the two days. Riders fee is $60 per session; auditors $20 a day.
For more information and sign-ups, call Happy Nelson (760) 872-2034 or Cory Buffington (760) 937-1781.
City of Bishop
In an effort to get as many games under the Lady Broncosâ belts before the High Desert League softball matches start April 5, Broncos coach Stacy Van Nest contacted Burroughs to set up a game for last Friday.
The outcome was valuable experience but a 3-11 loss to the tough Ridgecrest team.
âWe put the ball in play,â said Van Nest, âbut just needed to string more hits together and be more solid on defense.â
The game went a full seven innings. Burroughs held Bishop to one run through five innings.
Murphyâs Law could be applied to the Bishop Broncosâ match-up with the Burroughs Burros Saturday. With the exception of a few moments of great Broncos baseball, everything that could go wrong âŠ you know the rest.
Too many Broncos stranded on base, too many errors, too many walks, but coach Tim Reid found the silver lining in the 8-5 loss. âI was proud of the way the team battled,â said Reid. âWe shouldnât have even been in the game,â he said in reference to the tough Burros, a team that had leveled Rosamond 20-4 in a pre-league game March 22.
After a 25-year absence, the Return of a Classic Event will make its debut in California City with the running of the California City Gran Prix, April 15-17.
This event was once a major attraction in the deserts of Southern California, but then it went away. The then promoter decided to retire and requirements surrounding the desert became even more difficult to meet.
in CIF All-Star Game
Christian Hernandez, representing the Bishop soccer team in the All-Star CIF senior game, scored the only goal for the Div. 6/7 squad as they took on the Div. 5 All Stars.
Hernandezâs finish was a beautifully placed header from the penalty spot over the keeper late in the first half. The Div. 5 team ended up winning 3-1 but Hernandez played well in his last game as a high school student.
Big Pine Warrior Marissa Lemus and Lone Pine Golden Eagle Nicole Tweedy were named All-CIF in girls basketball in their respective divisions.