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Game Article, Softball | March 21, 2015

Kelsey Ahrens’ Grand Slam Propel Hawks to, 7-6 Victory

Lauren Mentzer comes on to relieve Alexis Robinson and gets her first district win.

Lauren Mentzer comes on to relieve Alexis Robinson and gets her first district win.

Canyon Lake won another thriller this time over Cuero to draw their district record to even (2-2) at the conclusion of their second week of  district competition, 7-6.

“I had a good feeling about this game,” Head Coach John Gallagher started. “They kept moving the game up until they decided on a 2pm start. “I also felt good with our 5-1 lead.”

“Being on the road and seeing a team we had not seen before, tells you how good our team stayed together even after those errors that helped tie the score, they did not fold.”

This time, the Hawks, called on Freshman Lauren Mentzer in the 5th inning and she did not give up a hit with her stint in the circle.

“Lauren (Mentzer) came on and did a good job,” Coach Gallagher said the obvious.

Mentzer only had one walk in her 3 innings which gave Canyon Lake something that you just can’t emphasize enough.

All through CL’s history, the coach would have to depend on that player in the circle regardless of how her performance was during any game.

“We just wanted to change it up,” Gallagher said. “Robinson was pitching well but we just wanted to see what would happen…Lauren’s speed and her pitches were going lower in the strike zone.”

Canyon Lake did not trail in this contest as Kelsey Ahrens connected on a grand slam
in the third inning helping to stop her slump and in so doing, with fashion.

Ahrens and Carly Dubois also led CL with two hits each, sending a good sign as this campaign continues.

Carly Dubois stole another 2 bases, tying her with Tiffany Arredondo for top base stealer for the Hawks, it also increased her hitting streak to 7 games. That is only one more game from Ahren’s 8 game streak at the start of this season.

The Hawks find themselves in the middle of the pack now which was imperative after their first week’s of action when they found themselves 0-2, with those two losses coming by losing a lead in the final inning.

 District Standings 26-4A
 Team          W   L    Pct.
 Yoakum        3   0  1.000 (game postponed with Navarro till Monday)
 La Vernia     3   2   .600
 CL Hawks      2   2   .500
 Cuero         2   2   .500
 Wimberley     2   2   .500 (Hawks next game @ Canyon Lake on Tuesday)
 Gonzales      1   3   .250
 Navarro       1   3   .250

Canyon Lake now has the following players that are leading or close to the All-Time stats with many of those girls with one or more years to increase on those mile markers.

name              stat         number   place    class           next closest
Kelsey Ahrens     at bats       309      1st     Senior       289 Vicky Henderson 
Alexis Robinson   runs           85      1st     Junior        80 McKenna Beseda
Kelsey Ahrens     hits          101      2nd     Senior       103 McKenna Beseda
Kelsey Ahrens     rbi            69      2nd     Senior        75 Brianna Young
Kelsey Ahrens     doubles        23      2nd     Senior        24 Young, Romero
Alexis Robinson   triples        11      1st     Junior         9 Missy Romero
Alexis Robinson   home runs       7      1st     Junior         4 Kelsey Ahrens
Carly Dubois      stolen bases   34      1st     Sophomore     34 Tiffany Arredondo
Carly Dubois      average      .424      1st     Sophomore   .393 Alexis Robinson

This game was tied in the fifth inning after Cuero scored 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

As the rain started to become apparent, in  the last inning, the Hawks had Robinson lead off with a single and Ahrens working a full count walk.

Then Kat Weber singled the bases loaded and with no where to put Hawk batters.

Mentzer would help her cause, with her next at bat, as she singled in Robinson bringing the winning run across the plate for these cardiac Hawks.

Canyon Lake has had four district games come down to that last inning as their drama continues.

When asked if all the games would be coming down with so much on the line in the later innings, Coach Gallagher said, “I hope not.”

The Hawks will now prepare for Wimberley at home this Tuesday night. The Texans beat La Vernia last week and it should be another exciting game.

Go Hawks!!

                 1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R  H  E
 CL Hawks (2-2)  1  0  4  1  0  0  1   7 10  4
 Cuero    (2-2)  0  1  3  2  0  0  0   6  5  3

 name             ab  r h  bi hr bb so  misc
 Carly Dubois     4  2  2  0  0  0  1   sb 2
 Kirsten Jones    4  1  1  0  0  0  1   sb
 Alexis Robinson  2  2  1  1  0  1  0   sb sf
 Kelsey Ahrens    3  1  2  4  1  1  0
 Kat Weber        4  0  1  0  0  0  0
 Lauren Mentzer   4  0  1  1  0  0  0
 Cameron Berger   4  0  0  0  0  0  1
 Tiare Kacir      4  1  1  0  0  0  3
 Lizzy Henderson  2  0  1  0  0  0  1   sac
 totals          31  7 10  6  1  2  7

 pitching            ip h  r  er bb so  W  L
 Alexis Robinson     4  5  6  4  2  3   0  0
 Lauren Mentzer      3  0  0  0  1  2   1  0
 totals              7  5  6  4  3  5
 hb: Robinson 1
 pitches/strikes:
 Robinson 70/44
 Mentzer 38/21