Lady Cats strike gold in fifth inning, swing by Shaw 8-1 to open region play

Published 11:27 am Wednesday, August 30, 2023

The score was 3-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning. As the Lady Cats jogged from the field to the dugout to prepare for their turn at the plate, head coach Rex Wade gave them instruction.

“We talk about making adjustments all the time,” Wade told his team. “Now is the time to make them.”

The Lady Cats scored five runs that inning. 

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Senior shortstop Haylee Nix opened the scoring by tagging up off a fly out from junior third base player Kylie Miller, making the score 4-1. 

Senior pitcher Brenna Conley scored during the next at-bat off a ground ball single from junior second base player Haisten Wilkinson, making the score 5-1. 

Wilkinson scored two at-bats later, increasing the Lady Cat lead to 6-1. She stole third during the at-bat and ran home off a line drive single from junior catcher Abigail Holley. 

Junior right-fielder Emillee Tindell scored during the next at-bat off a ground ball double from freshman first base player Kylaha Hughes, making the score 7-1.

The final run of the inning came from Holley, setting the game’s final score of 8-1. She ran home off a ground ball single from junior center-fielder Destiny Lofton. 

“We pushed through and found a way to do things right in the fifth inning,” Wade said. “We were aggressive on the bases, we got the job done at the plate, and that put pressure on the defense.”

The score was 3-1 through the first four innings. Two runs in the first put Bainbridge up early, but the Lady Cats stayed relatively cool till the fifth with just one more run scored in the third inning. 

The win comes off a two-week away stint where the Ladycats played larger, non-region teams. The Lady Cats went 1-3 during the stretch. Their win came against Worth County with a score of 8-1. The Lady Cats fell to Coffee 10-3, Lowndes 1-0, and Colquitt County 5-0. 

“You play 6 A, 7 A ball teams, that’s what you want,” Wade said. “You want competitive ball to be played so we can understand what we’re working with on our team.”

The Ladycats return to the road with three more away games until they’re back home. They play Shaw next in a doubleheader, first pitch at 4 p.m.