Lady Dawgs ride Bramlage arm for 9-3 win over Cowboys
By Lou Martin
Lady Bulldogs advance to 1-A Southern Division playoffs,
The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldog softball team ended their 2014 season with a 9-3 win over the Chaparral High School Cowboys Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas. The Dawgs were led again by their ace pitcher Becca Bramlage who pitched a three hitter for the win. It was the second win a row behind the strong arm of Bramlage as the Dawgs ended the season with a 7-5 1-A Sunrise League record.
Emma Barnum and Janella Fiso led the Lady Bulldogs with two hits a piece. Barnum and Accassia Berg each drove in two runs to support Bramlage’s outing. The Bulldogs jumped on the Cowboys early and often scoring nine runs in four innings to take a 9-0 lead. The Cowboys added two runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth innings before Bramlage shut them out the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs will travel to Las Vegas to face 1-A Sunset League winner Faith Lutheran on Tuesday, May 13. The Crusaders won their league with a 9-0 record.
The Bulldogs must win one of their first two games to advance to games at Mojave High School in this double elimination tournament. The Dawgs will travel to Mojave High School Friday, May 9 to face the Rattlers in a non-league game.
Lady Bulldogs lose to Pirates 22-0, defeat Jaguars 12-2
By Lou Martin
The Virgin Valley High School Lady Bulldog softball team is a different squad when Becca Bramlage is on the mound. The Lady Dawgs were overwhelmed April 30th 22-0 by archrival Moapa Valley High School but came back on May 2nd to defeat the Jaguars from Desert Pines High School by a score of 12-2 with Bramlage pitching a complete game.
The Moapa game was all Pirates for highlights as Makayla Jackson allowed only four Bulldog hits going the distance for the 22-0 shutout. Jackson helped the Pirates going 2-3 with the bat including a long triple to lead the Pirates onslaught. The Pirates scored 18 total runs in the first three innings to blow out the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs committed 7 fielding errors to help the Pirates.
The Dawgs did not let the Pirate blowout affect them in their next league game against Desert Pines Friday as they defeated the Jaguars by a score of 12-2. Bulldog ace Bramlage went the distance pitching a three hitter and striking out 5 Jaguars. The Lady Dawgs scored in all five innings of a mercy rule shortened game. Bramlage and Janella Fiso led the Bulldog hitting attack with three hits each on four at bats including a double each. Second baseman Emma Barnum chipped in with two hits and played excellent in the field. The Dawgs committed only one error to support Bramlage’s shutout. The win gave the lady Bulldogs a 6-5 Sunrise League record and kept them in line for a fourth place finish.