CHS walks off vs. VidaliaPublished 12:16am Saturday, March 31, 2012
NATCHEZ — For the second consecutive night, the Cathedral School softball team showed its flair for the dramatic.
The Lady Green Wave took a 4-0 lead into the top of the seventh inning and needed just one out to secure a shutout win over Vidalia High School.
But the Lady Vikings’ Savannah McCarver started a two-out rally with a double. Emily Meyers followed by reaching on an error that scored McCarver.
Cassie Gonzales drew a walk and then Kennedy Beard blasted a three-run home run over the center field fence that tied the game 4-4.
Cathedral was unable to score in the bottom of the seventh, and the game headed to extra innings.
After holding the Lady Vikings scoreless in the top of the eighth, Cathedral’s Shannon Mire reached on a one-out single.
Two batters later Kimble Devening slapped an infield single to shortstop Kelsee Partridge, and an errant throw allowed Mire to come around to score the winning run.
“They must like (comebacks), because they do it a lot,” Cathedral coach Gary Blackwell said.
The Lady Green Wave topped Bogue Chitto by the same 5-4 score by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night. Cathedral blew a late lead in that game as well.
“I was really concerned about our players in this game after the big game last night,” Blackwell said. “We came out a little sluggish and tired, but it was a good game.”
Vidalia head coach Gary Parnham said he was proud of the way the Lady Vikings battled back.
“They’ve been doing that all year,” he said. “No matter how many we’re down this team doesn’t quit.”
Mollie Devening came in the game in the eighth inning for Cathedral to get the win. Ginny Daggett pitched the first seven innings and allowed just three hits prior to the four-run seventh inning.
Vidalia’s Taylor Rodgers pitched all eight innings for the Lady Vikings. Only one of Cathedral’s five runs was earned off Rodgers.
Parnham said the difference in the game for Vidalia was its inability to get to Daggett early in the game.
“We got down early and weren’t putting the ball in play,” he said.
Daggett and Mollie Devening led Cathedral with two hits a piece in the game. Beth Fortenbery doubled for the Lady Green Wave.
Beard coupled her three-run home run with a single to lead Vidalia offensively.
Parnham said he thought his team played well in the cross-river matchup that had little effect on each teams’ regular-season positions.
“We played a very good softball club, and I thought we played well,” Parnham said. “We battled.”
Both teams will get back into league play Monday. Cathedral (10-4-1, 3-0) will face St. Aloysius in a MHSAA Region 7-1A contest. Vidalia (15-10, 2-4) will host Buckeye in a LHSAA District 3-3A game.