Lady Cats swing into softball season, take two losses in opening tourney

Published 7:24 pm Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Bainbridge High School Lady Cats softball team opened their season with two Saturday losses in the Thomasville High School Lady Bulldogs Invitational Tournament.

They lost 6-1 to the Cook County High School Lady Hornets and 14-4 to the Colquitt County High School Lady Packers.

The Lady Cats returned to action Tuesday against the Seminole High School Lady Indians in Donalsonville. On Friday they will host the Miller County High School Lady Pirates in their first home game of the season at the Lady Cats Diamond.

“Tori Sprenkle did all she could to give the team a boost against Cook County, but in wasn’t to get past them,” Thomas said. “Sprenkle was perfect at the dish, going three for three. She singled in the second and fourth innings and doubled in the sixth inning.

Walker, the Cook County winning pitcher, allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings. She struck out three, walked three and surrendered five hits. Brooke Bates was the game’s losing pitcher. She lasted just 6 1/3 innings, struck out three, walked three and surrendered five hits.

“Bates battled back against Colquitt County,” Thomas said. “She baffled the hitters, striking out seven, allowing two earned runs on four hits. She did not walk a batter over 3 1/3 innings.”

Howard, who got the win for Colquitt County, allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings, struck out six, walked eight and surrendered three hits.

The Lady Packers never trailed after scoring three runs in the first inning on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly. They added three more runs in the bottom of the third. One of the runs came home on a wild pitch.

The Lady Cats scored two runs in the top of the fourth to close the deficit to 6-3. Taylor Swanner doubled all three runs home.

The Lady Packers scored two scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth.