Lady Cats softball goes 3-1 at Cordele’s Watermelon tourney

Published 4:14 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Bainbridge Lady Cats went 3-1 at the Watermelon Invitational in Cordele this past weekend.

Friday, the Bainbridge Lady Cats took a 5-1 victory over Tift County. Lexie Delbrey earned the win against Tift County after tossing six innings, allowing only one run, two hits and 10 strike outs. Thyra Jackson, Desirae Beachem, Mabry Grace Briggs and Makayla Hamilton each drove in one run to finalize the win.

The Lady Cats continued their winning streak Friday, defeating Appling County 3-1. Abbey Gardner pitched, allowing one run, seven hits, two strike outs and a walk. Delbrey stepped back in and allowed for the last five outs

The Lady Cats couldn’t have finished out the game without the help of Beachem, who went 2-4 in hits and Turkeisha White, who had an RBI.

After coming back from two wins, the Lady Cats fell short to Dodge County 4-3. Unfortunately, Bainbridge couldn’t keep up with Dodge County early on in the game. Dodge County’s Jacey Dowdy scored a home run and a double in the second inning. Linzy Bowen earned the win for Dodge County, striking out five and walking zero. Bainbridge’s Gardner surrendered three runs and four hits.

In all, the Lady Cats collected nine hits with Briggs, Delbrey and Cy Gant each collecting multiple hits for the team. Briggs went 3-for-4 at the plate and  led the team with two runs batted in.

Not letting the loss bring them down, the Lady Cats defeated Bleckley County 5-4 in Saturday’s game. An early lead helped the Lady Cats land a victory, as they scored on an error and a passed ball in the first inning. Delbrey earned the win striking out nine and only surrendering two hits.

Coach Christopher Bryant was impressed with the team overall.

“We did a good job getting people on base and a better job getting them in,” he said. “Outstanding pitching from Lexie and Abby and great defensive work from everyone else.”