Prep softball roundups: Cathedral tops Loyd Star 12-1
NATCHEZ — Mollie Devening had a dominating night on the mound and the Cathedral High School softball team’s bats came alive in a 12-1 win against Loyd Star Thursday evening.
Devening got the win, going five innings, giving up one run on three hits with two strikeouts. Loyd Star’s Kelsie McCullough took the loss.
Cathedral burst out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. The Lady Green Wave had a total of 12 hits, and head coach Gary Blackwell said the early lead set the tone for his girls.
“They kept hammering all the way through the lineup,” Blackwell said.
Elizabeth Smith was 3-for-3 with a double and triple for Cathedral, while Tori Edwards was 2-for-3 with a double. McKenzie Milligan went 3-for-3 with a triple, and Devening got a double.
As good as his offense was, Blackwell said he was also impressed with his team’s defense, especially since most of his infield is inexperienced.
“Everyone is coming through and playing some good ball,” he said. “If we keep this up and keep getting better and better, we’ll be fine.”
Cathedral (2-0) will play in the Franklin County tournament Saturday.
Vidalia 4, Block 1
JONESVILLE — Taylor Rodgers allowed one run on just two hits and struck out seven batters in a complete-game performance as the Vidalia Lady Vikings defeated the Block Lady Bears Thursday afternoon.
After Block scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning to tie the score at 1-1, Vidalia took the lead for good with one run in the top of the third. The Lady Vikings added one run in the top of the fifth and they scored their final run in the top of the seventh.
Rodgers went 2-for-3 with a double and Katelynn Bertelsen was 3-for-4 for Vidalia (4-2). Shawneisha Crumpton had a double for Block (1-3). Micahla Hughes also went the distance despite giving up 11 hits in the game.
The Lady Vikings visit Caldwell Parish next Monday at 4 p.m. The Lady Bears next play at the Alexandria Senior High (ASH) Tournament today and Saturday.
Mangham 2, Monterey 0 (Game 1)
Mangham 13, Monterey 0 (Game 2)
MANGHAM, La. — What was originally scheduled for one varsity game at Monterey ended being a varsity doubleheader at Mangham, and the Lady Dragons ended up shutting out the Lady Wolves in both contests Thursday afternoon.
In the first game, Mangham scored its two runs in the bottom of the third inning and Karlee Poindexter pitched a four-hit shutout. Monterey was led at the plate by Karlee Woodruff, who went 2-for-3 with a double.
The second game couldn’t have gone any worse for the Lady Wolves at the plate as they didn’t have a single hit in the five-inning game. The Lady Dragons, on the other hand, scored five runs in the first two innings and put the game away with a seven-run third inning. Monterey (3-2) takes on Simpson today at 6 p.m. at the ASH Tournament.
Brookhaven 16, Franklin County 2
MEADVILLE — Kayla Murray went 3-for-4 with a double and Brookhaven took advantage of several errors by Franklin County in the top of the fourth inning in the Lady Panthers’ four-inning win over the Lady Bulldogs Thursday night.
Brookhaven was up just 5-2 on Franklin County after three innings of play before scoring 11 runs in the top of the fourth. Six of those runs were unearned as the Lady Bulldogs continued to make one costly error after another in their season opener.
Shelby Peavy was 3-for-4 and Shelby Case was 2-for-4 with a double for the Lady Panthers.
Franklin County (0-1) plays at McComb today with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m.