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Lady Deer use 15-hit onslaught to pound C.E. King 16-1

March 13, 2019

HOUSTON - Deer Park’s varsity softball team finished its quick tour of District 21-6A Houston-area foes north of Interstate 10 Tuesday afternoon.

A mere one week into the district campaign and the Lady Deer are already done with trips to Channelview, North Shore and C.E. King.

With quick being the definitive word, Deer Park made quick work of King’s Lady Panthers, thanks to a 15-hit attack that led to a 16-1 romp in a contest that was stopped in the fourth inning by the mercy rule.

Sara Vanderford, hitting in the leadoff spot, belted two home runs that led her to a five-RBI game, while Jasie Roberts went deep for a second consecutive afternoon as Deer Park improved its 21-6A record to 4-0.

Better yet, head coach Errica Cantu’s club now gets to enjoy that 4-0 record for an entire week before resuming district play on the other side of spring break. That’s when they’ll enjoy a more favorable part to the campaign when three of their next four games take place at Doll Forrest Field.

It was amazing at how quickly Deer Park turned a 1-1 tie into a one-sided affair. The second inning did that as the Lady Deer paraded 12 batters to the plate.

Not one, not two but four girls collected two-RBI hits during the onslaught. Amaya Montano, Vanderford, Courtney Plocheck and K.K. Morado all padded their RBI totals that inning.

All four of the two-RBI hits were the result of singles. The only hit that went for extra bases came off the bat of Kaurie Winters, who deposited a ball on the left-field foul line.

Courtesy runner Alie Alcantar and Montano were abaord for Vanderford’s two-RBI single that raised the lead to 5-1. Plocheck, hitting second in the lineup, made it 7-1, scoring Tabby Burnett and Vanderford.

Morado, hitting for the second time in the inning, finished the damage with her two-RBI single.

Vanderford’s second home run arrived with two outs in the third and the team almost picked up another roundtripper in the frame when Vicky Viaclovsky sent the Lady Panther left fielder almost up against the wall before she hauled in the fly ball.

The King left fielder might as well have pitched a tent by the wall because she dropped two deep shots along the wall in the fourth inning, one off Morado’s bat and the other off Alcantar’s bat.

The fourth also saw Vanderford’s fourth straight hit, an RBI double and Plocheck’s third straight hit, a run-scoring double to right center. Roberts completed the scoring with her homer, a two-run shot to straight-away center field, her second straight hit.

For the five-day period, starting with last Friday’s win over state-ranked La Porte, Roberts, hitting in the clean-up slot, is 7-for-10 at the plate.

Starting pitcher Julia York was the glad recipent to all the fireworks. She pitched a three-hitter, walked two and struck out two. King’s leadoff batter, Tonya Coleman, accounted for two of the three hits and she scored the team’s lone run.

The team hosts Baytown Sterling next Tuesday night. Game time is 6 p.m.

ravery@hcnonline.com