Where was Wily Coyote when the Bishop Lady Broncos needed him?
Tied with the Rosamond Roadrunners softball team for first place in the High Desert League, the 4-0 Broncos fell victim to untimely errors and solid Roadrunner pitching with their 1-5 loss Tuesday afternoon on home field. What they could have used were a few sticks of dynamite or a piece of Acme heavy equipment to disrupt a very strong Rosamond team.
The game marked the mid-point in league play. Bishop faces Desert Friday and Cal City Tuesday, both on the road, both already solidly whipped by the Broncos. Bishop has already knocked down Frazier and Kern Valley on the road; an encore performance at home is not beyond the realm of possibility. All this is hinting at, without saying it and jinxing the entire season, the final game of league play when Bishop heads to Rosamond for the rematch, which should be a humdinger.
Kellie Tiner started on the mound with a strike out, allowing one hit to center field and one walk before ending the inning with her second strike out. The top of the Broncos’ batting order were all caught at first for a quick three up/three down.
Bishop returned the favor in the second with third baseman Katelyne Lent relaying to first for 2 outs and Tiner retiring the third batter. With two outs in the bottom of the second, Brooke Jordan and Tiner both singled, but were left on base with the final pop out.
Rosamond’s Sophie Chereshkoff hit a monster deep into right field and looked poised for an in-the-park 1-RBI homer. With incredible team effort and a strong relay from Monique Jauregui in right field to second baseman Tamia Shoshone, Chereshkoff was tagged out sliding into home plate.
Lent got on base with a slap hit in the bottom of the third, but was tagged at second stealing. The game was scoreless going into the top of the fourth.
With one out and two men on, a fielding error loaded the bases with Roadrunners. Mariah Brooks hit a high fly ball to center fielder Shiloh Smith, but still allowed a runner to tag up and head for home to give Rosamond a 0-1 lead. Brooke Callahan singled in the bottom of the inning, but was left stranded with the final out.
The wheels came temporarily off the Broncos’ defense in the top of the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, Bishop walked in a run; another Roadrunner scored on an error. Tiner got the second out on strikes, but the next two batters singled in runs for a 0-5 Rosamond lead. It could have been worse but a shallow pop fly got scooped up by Jauregui for the final out.
The Broncos’ offense came back strong in the bottom of the fifth. Shoshone sent a line drive past the Rosamond short stop for a double, then scored on a double, helped by fielding errors, by Jaguerie. Lent got to first with her signature slap hit but Rosamond’s pitcher McKenzie Draper got out of the inning with Shoshone’s lone run.
Bishop’s defense clamped down on Rosamond for the final two innings but Rosamond was determined to get out of the game with the win. Tiara Shoshone beat the ball to first to start the bottom of the sixth. Callahan hit into a double play, executed well by the Rosamond short stop, dowsing the drive.
The bottom of the seventh started the same way with Tiner safe at first with a combination of speed and an infield flub. The next three at-bats did not end well and the Broncos were dealt their first league loss.
“Although we had one more hit than Rosamond,” said coach Stacy Van Nest, “we also had more errors. The girls did a great job of battling back after giving up 4 runs by holding them for the remainder of the game and scoring our one run in response. We know what we need to work on and I’m confident the girls will get ‘em next time.”
Kellie Tiner: 7 innings, 5 Ks, 5 runs, 6 hits, 3 walks
Katelyne Lent: 2 for 4
Tiara Shoshone: 1/3
Brooke Callahan: 1/3
Brooke Jordan: 1/2
Kellie Tiner: 1/2
Tamia Shoshone: 1/3