Lady Cats softball downs Ola 1-0, 7-2 in first round of state playoffs

Published 9:03 pm Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Five runs. One inning. There’s nothing this team can’t do.

The Varsity Lady Cats softball team took home two wins in their double header against the OLA on Tuesday.
The first game was neck and neck, with strong pitching on both sides, but the Lady Cats came out victorious after Anna Beth Bibby singled on one run in the second inning.

Lexie Delbrey took the win for the team, allowing only one hit and zero runs over the seven innings and striking out 18.

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The team tallied eight hits for the game, with Delbrey and Halle Cannon each collecting multiple hits and leading the Lady Cats.

Marley Holmes took the look for OLA. She went six innings, allowing one run on eight hits, striking out tow and walking zero.

“Game one was a tight game, 1-0,” Coach Christopher Bryant said. “It was just pure excitement.”

In between the games, Bryant said the team talked about their plan and they came out and executed it.

“They responded to the challenge we set in between games, and that was let’s do our job and play,” Bryant said. “It was a team effort by everybody.”

The team came out on fire.

Senior Desirae Beachem hit a home run in the first inning, followed by Abigail Gardner tripling, and bringing in three runs. With the first inning still going strong, Cannon hit a home run of her own and brought the total to 5-0.

OLA, refusing to give up, hit two runs by Alexis Poole and Madison Norrell.

The Lady Cats wanted back on the board.

During the fifth inning, Makayla Hamilton hit a double that allowed for a run and Mabry Grace Briggs brought it all to a close with her own home run in the sixth inning, finishing the game 7-2.

Delbrey and Gardner were credited with the win. Delbrey pitched the first five innings and needed relief, where Gardner stepped up to the plate and made sure her team came out on top.

The team is unsure of who they will play next or when they will play, due to the impending weather but were elated with their win. They could be seen dancing to “All I do is Win” as they ran off the field Tuesday night.