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Lady Deer score home win over La Porte (w/Photo Gallery)

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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The Lady Deer softball team raised its record to 18-4 with a 4-1 home win over La Porte Tuesday. Erin Edmoundson got the win with four shutout innings and helped her own cause with a two-run single. Next up for the Lady Deer is Dobie on the road Tuesday afternoon.

ErinEdmoundsonDeer Park's Erin Edmounson picked up the win in the team's 4-1 victory over La Porte. Edmoundson struck out six in four innings of work, allowing no hits and hitting one batter. She also had a two-run single in the game. Click the image to see a great gallery of the action from Deer Park Photos! Photo by Andrew Pressley/Deer Park Photos.A strong pitching performance and timely hitting propelled the Lady Deer softball team to a 4-1 win Tuesday morning at Doll Forrest Field.

Lady Deer starting pitcher Erin Edmoundson set down 12 of the 13 batters she faced, including the first 10 in a row in four shutout, no-hit innings, striking out six her lone baserunner was from a hit by pitch to the second batter of the fourth inning.

“Erin hit her spots today from the get-go. She was strong for us,” said Asst. Coach Ericka Cantu. “It took us a little while to get the bats going, but once we made the adjustments we had some good things happen for us today.”

Edmoundson also put Deer Park on the board with a two-run single in the third, plating Amaya Montano and McKayla Chamberlain.

The Lady Deer added another run in the third when a Montano single and a La Porte infielder error scored KK Morado. In the fifth, Sara Vaderford’s ground out brought home Courtney Plocheck to extend the Deer Park lead to 4-0.

Maddie Nelson pitched the final three innings in relief, striking out six while allowing a seventh inning run.

The damage could have been worse. Nelson allowed a lead-off double in the seventh to La Porte’s Triniti Kendzior. Briana Pena followed with a single up the middle. Deer Park CF Chamberlain fielded the ball and threw a strike to catcher Ashlyn Wade to who applied the tag to Kendzior for the first out of the inning.

Pena later scored on a single, but the Chamberlain-to-Wade connection took the steam out of a possible La Porte rally. Nelson recorded the last outs to seal the Deer Park win.

Cantu thought the team had more than enough distractions heading into Tuesday’s game.

“It’s spring break. We had to delay the game because the umpires were late. Coach (Carrie Austgen) is still out. We had a lot of things that could have ruffled our feathers, but we didn’t let them get to us,” Cantu said.

The La Porte game marked the first competitive game the Lady Deer have played this district season. Deer Park has run-ruled its previous two opponents by a combined score of 32-0.

“I think we showed that we don’t take anyone lightly. La Porte is a good team and they always put up a good fight against us no matter where we play. We’re in a part of our schedule where we will play some good teams in our district. La Porte was one, Dobie is next,” said Cantu.