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June 12, 2014

West defeats East in all-star softball game

PORT ARTHUR —   Softball all-star bragging rights are headed west.

  In a showdown put on by the Southeast Texas Coaches Association, players from the West pitched a little better than their East opponents and came up with bigger hits.

  The West squad was led by solid pitching from Crosby’s Abby Walker and two long balls to win 5-2.

  Walker was named the West’s MVP after hurling five innings and striking out seven hits and giving up three hits and one run.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Taylor Fraccastoro was named the East MVP after blasting a towering home run in the top of the fifth. Fraccastoro had a line of success at Memorial after her Lady Bears played many playoff games at the field and she on several occassions left the yard.

  Thursday’s game also meant the end of the softball career for Nederland’s Kelsey Beard. Beard finished with a single and reached base in her other at bat off an error.

  “It was a very fun game to be a part of,” Beard said. “This will be the last softball game I ever play. I am just glad I got to do it with and against some elite talent.”

  Beard will play volleyball next year at Lamar University.

  She found it a little strange to be on the same team as Shelby Valentine of Port Neches-Groves and three Lady Bears, including Fraccastoro.

  “It was certainly a different experience,” Beard said. “That is not the first time I seen Fracc hit a homer but its the first time I have cheered for it. At the end it was all natural. Now I am excited to play in Friday’s volleyball game.”

  LC-M pitcher Hope Russell had a great time on the mound. She worked the final three innings and gave up no hits with four strike outs.

LC-M’s Haley Mills scored the second East run in the top of the ninth. She singled and then took the next three bases on three different wild pitches.

  The West answered Fraccastoro’s homer with a pair of dingers in the bottom of the sixth.

  First Coldspring’s Ashlyn Monroe drilled a pitch from Valentine over the centerfield fence. Two batters later it was Crosby’s Ariel Clogston who touched all the bases.

  The play of the game came off the arm of Vidor’s Shanice Hagler in the bottom of the second.

  Monroe ripped a shot to the centerfield fence and it appeared to be a routine double.

  Hagler field the ball perfectly and fired to second to get the out on Monroe.

  Orangefield’s Kelsey Ancelot did the exact same thing in the bottom of the third to take a double away from Clogston.

  Valentine had a single in the top of the seventh for the East team.

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