, Port Arthur, Texas


May 1, 2013

Montgomery a tough foe for Nederland softball

NEDERLAND — A familiar foe stands between Nederland and the next round of the playoffs. Just because Montgomery is familiar does not make the Lady Bears any more beatable than they were last season.

Nederland will face Montgomery in the area round of the playoffs beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 will be at 6 p.m. Friday in Nederland with Game 3, if necessary, played 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2.

For two years, Montgomery has knocked the Lady Bulldogs out of the playoffs. Montgomery took two games from Nederland last season in the area round, but didn’t stop there. The 2012 Lady Bears took 10 of 11 playoff games, including nine in a row, before falling 9-8 to Smithson Valley in the state championship game.

That Lady Bears team graduated two key pieces to last year’s team in catcher Cali Lanphear and pitcher Katelyn Sanders. Lanphear has gone on to become the best hitter for No. 15 Texas A&M, as Lanphear is hitting .363 in 47 games for the Aggies with 18 home runs, 52 RBIs and 40 runs scored. Sanders, meanwhile, has gone 17-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 112 innings for Texas Lutheran.

Replacing Sanders on the mound for Montgomery is Morgan Skinner, who threw six innings in relief of Sanders in the title game last year. Skinner allowed 10 hits and five runs in 6 innings of work while striking out three.

This year, Skinner has led the Lady Bears (26-8) to a District 18-4A title and has them on a 13-game winning streak. That included a two-game sweep of Hutto in the bidistrict round that saw Montgomery score 18 runs while shutting out the Lady Hippos both times.

Nederland, meanwhile, has won five straight since dropping a second game to Port Neches-Groves during the regular season. That pushed Nederland into a second-place tie with the Lady Indians, which was settled with Nederland getting the third seed from 20-4A.

The Lady Bulldogs (24-9) then took two games from Crosby in a Friday doubleheader that saw MaKayla Kelly pitch 15 innings while striking out seven.

Nederland last advanced to the regional quarterfinals in 2010, when the Lady Bulldogs beat Dayton in the bidistrict round and Willis in the area round. Nederland lost a three-game series to Magnolia in the regional round.


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    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
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    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
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    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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