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Lady Cats divide two, go to 7-2

DIAMOND BOUIE dives across just in time to tag out a Thomas County Central runner in Thursday’s game.

Coach Eugene Singletary’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats varsity softball team divided a pair of home games this week to move their season record to 7-2.

On Tuesday, they defeated the Cairo High School Syrupmaids 15-6 and on Thursday they bowed 14-3 to the Thomas County Central High School Lady Yellow Jackets in their first Region 1AAAA game of the season.

In Tuesday’s game, the Syrupmaids took the early lead, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Two singles and two walks produced the runs.

They added a run in the top of the second to go up 5-0. The Lady Cats bounced back with one in the bottom of the first and four in the bottom of the second to pull even 5-5.

Pitcher Caitlin Cato reached on an error to open the Lady Cats first. With two outs, third baseman Natasha Green walked to load the bases and second baseman Avis Jackson walked to force in Cato.

The Lady Cats’ tying four-run bottom of the second inning rally was ignited by first baseman Caitlyn Dunlap, who drew a leadoff walk. She went to second on a single by left fielder Anna Barber.

Pitcher Caitlin Cato followed with a triple, driving in Dunlap and Barber. Cato came in with the inning’s fourth run, when catcher Kristen Bennett singled and came across with the inning’s tying run on a fielder’s choice.

In Thursday’s game with the Lady Yellow Jackets, the Lady Cats scored one run in the third inning and added two more in the fourth.

Center fielder Anna Barber singled in a run and scored a run in the fourth. Designated player Blair Morris was hit by a pitch and scored in the third and walked and scored in the fourth.