Lady Cats split 2 to end regular season

Published 7:58 pm Friday, September 30, 2011

Coach Eugene Singletary’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats softball team split two road games this week to end its  regular season.

On Tuesday the Lady Cats, who finished the regular season with a 14-6 record, shut out the Cairo High School Syrupmaids 14-0, and on Wednesday they dropped a close 9-7 Region 1-AAAA decision to the Thomas County Central High School Lady Yellow Jackets in a makeup of a Thursday, Sept. 15, rainout.

The Lady Cats will compete in the Region 1-AAAA tournament in Cordele next Tuesday through Friday.

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On Tuesday, Bainbridge opened the scoring against the Syrupmaids with two runs in the top of the first inning, and added another in the top of the second.

The first-inning runs were scored by shortstop Briana Wade, who reached on an error, and third baseman Laura Griner, who walked.

Right fielder Tiffany Hand ignited the second-inning rally when she reached on an error with one away. She moved up on a fielder’s choice and came in on a passed ball.

The Lady Cats added four more runs in the top of the third inning to increase their advantage to 7-0. The key blow in the inning was a two-run double by catcher Kristen Bennett.

Bainbridge added two in the fourth and five in the fifth. The fourth-inning runs were scored by shortstop Briana Wade, who reached on a fielder’s choice, and pitcher Caitlin Cato, who was safe on a n error.

Left fielder Anna Barber started the fifth inning rally with a one-out single and went to second on a single by center fielder Diamond Bouie.

The big scoring inning for the Lady Cats on Wednesday against the Lady Yellow Jackets was the top of the third, when they scored five to take a 5-3 lead.

Left fielder Anna Barber reached on an error to open the inning. She moved up to second on a single by centerfielder Diamond Bouie, Barber stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by shortstop Briana Wade.

Bouie stole second and came in on a single by pitcher Caitlin Cato, who stole second. Catcher Kristen Bennett then drew a walk, Cato and Bennett came around to score when second baseman Avis Jackson and first baseman Lindsey Griner banged out consecutive RBI singles.