Lady Cats softball soars to 20-0 and first region championship

Published 3:23 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018

“Purple Rain” by Prince blared out of the speakers at the Bearcat Diamonds on Saturday.

Players from the Lady Cats softball team were grinning from ear to ear and singing the words loudly after wiping out Warner Robins in a doubleheader to win the Region 1-AAAAA Championship.

Bainbridge coasted to a 13-0 win in game one and a 21-0 win in game two. The Lady Cats haven’t dropped a game all season, going 20-0 and shutting out their opponents in 14 games. Saturday’s win marks the first region championship a Bainbridge softball team has ever won.

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“It’s a dream come true with this crew,” said coach Christopher Bryant. “They put the time in and the work, and this is the result of it. Hard work, never giving up, believing and playing together.”

The Lady Cats are waiting for the rest of Georgia to finish its region championships to determined who they will be matched up against in the first round of the state playoffs.

In game one against Warner Robins, Bainbridge scored nine runs in the first inning, led by Abbey Gardner, Halle Cannon, Anna Beth Bibby, Addison Enfinger, and Mabry Grace Briggs, who all drove in runs. Bainbridge tallied up 12 hits throughout the game.

Gardner and Lexie Delbrey teamed up in the circle to pitch the shout out. Delbrey earned the win, going three innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits and striking out seven. Gardner threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

In game two, Bainbridge’s offense got rolling against with 16 runs in the first inning. They tacked on another two in the second inning and three in the third. The Lady Cats tallied 19 hits total to Warner Robins’ one.

Halle Cannon led Bainbridge to victory by driving in four runs. She went 3-for-3 at the plate. Cannon drove in runs on a single in the first, a single in the first, and a home run in the second. Thyra Jackson hit another home run in the third inning.

Bryant had Gatorade dumped on him after the wins.

“This is the humblest group of girls I have seen,” said Bryant. “They take it one game at a time. They didn’t play down to their competition. Every game they play is like they are playing for a state championship. That’s their attitude. They are behind each other, 100 percent.”

Bainbridge travelled to Colquitt County on Monday to beat the Lady Packers 8-0.