Lady Cats softball takes first region loss, edges Lady Rebels Thursday

Published 11:49 pm Friday, September 12, 2014

Coach Amy Thomas’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats softball team divided a pair of games this week at the Lady Cats Diamond.

On Tuesday, the Thomas County Central Lady Yellow Jackets came up with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to edge the Lady Cats 2-0 in a Region 1-AAAA game. Thursday, they edged the Berrien County High School Lady Rebels 3-2.

The Lady Cats are 3-1 in Region 1-AAAA play and 8-3 overall.

It was the first Region 1-AAAA loss of the season for the Lady Cats. The Lady Yellow Jackets scored their two runs on a double and a sacrifice fly.

Lady Cats starting right-hander Brooke Bates struck out nine batters, allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter while going all seven innings Tuesday.

“Brooke Bates mixed up her pitches well and they all had a lot of movement,” Lady Cats coach Amy Thomas said. “She is a great competitor. She really did her job well in the pitching circle.”

Catcher Morgan Cannon had a big offensive game for the Lady Cats. She went 2-for-3 with two singles.

Bates was equally effective in getting the win Thursday against Berrien County. She struck out five, gave up six hits and did not walk a batter.

The lady Cats gave up two runs in the bottom of the second inning to go up 2-0. First baseman Tori Sprenkle led off the inning with a single and stole second. Right fielder Zakiya Callaway got a run home with a ground.

Trailing 3-1, going to the top of the seventh inning, the Lady Rebels cut it to 3-2 on a solo home run by pinch hitter Tierra Folsom.

The Lady Cats will return to action Tuesday when they host the Albany High School Lady Indians in a Region 1AAAA game at the Lady Cats Diamond.