Lady Cats stumble in season opener against Colquitt County

Published 3:46 pm Friday, August 9, 2019

Thursday night, the Bainbridge Lady Cats varsity softball team began their season with their first home game against the Colquitt County Lady Packers. The game started off slow, but picked up steam in the fourth inning, where the Lady Cats eventually lost after a fifth inning score.

The Lady Packers scored at the beginning of the fourth inning, but the Lady Cats refused to go down without a fight. Pitcher Lexie Delbrey stepped up to the plate and evened up the score by scoring a solo home run at the bottom of the fourth.

Sadly, it wasn’t enough as Colquitt County’s, Abby Plymel drew a walk in the top of the fifth, allowing her teammate to score a run.

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While Delbrey pitched, Plymel was able to advance to second base and steal third, before scoring a run, giving the Lady Packers a 3-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, Colquitt’s Katlynn Powers hit a triple, allowing two teammates to run home, giving them a 5-1 lead, before finishing the game in the sixth inning with a score by Madison Plymel.

Pitcher Emily Allegood got the win for Colquitt County. She went seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out nine.

Delbrey took the loss for the Lady Cats. She lasted six and a third innings, allowing three hits and six runs, while striking out 15. Keyleigh Brinson threw two-thirds of an inning in relief.

Colquitt County was also sure handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error, with Sarah Harrell having the most chances in the field with 10.

BHS Lady Cats coach, Christopher Bryant said Colquitt County played a great game.

“I have to get credit where it’s due,” he said. “They capitalized on our mistakes.”

Bryant realizes his team was nervous with it being the first home game of the season. He saw their jitters and the large crowd, and just knew they had lost focus. He knows they can only go up from here, though.

“Next game, we will be a different team,” he assured.

He thanks everyone who came out to support the first game, and invites them to come out again Thursday night to see the Lady Cats take on Harris County at 5 p.m.