Cathedral High School starting pitcher Mollie Devening delivers a pitch during the game against West Lincoln High School on Thursday evening. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)
Cathedral High School starting pitcher Mollie Devening delivers a pitch during the game against West Lincoln High School on Thursday evening. (Jay Sowers \ The Natchez Democrat)

Cathedral softball gets win in first regional game

Published 12:01am Friday, March 22, 2013

NATCHEZ — Mollie Devening struck out five batters and allowed two runs on just five hits and one walk in a complete-game performance as the Cathedral Lady Green Wave held on for a 4-2 over the West Lincoln Lady Bears in MHSAA Region 7-1A action Thursday afternoon.

“It was our first district game. It was great to get that win behind us,” Cathedral head coach Gary Blackwell said. “We hadn’t played in a week. We were just a little rusty from not playing. Mollie pitched a good game.”

Devening had a big hit in the game as she doubled in a run in the bottom of the first inning. Then with one out in the frame, Elizabeth Smith, who went 2-for-3, singled in MacKenzie Watts, and Laura Ellett followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that brought in courtesy runner Grayson Bryant to give Cathedral an early 3-0 lead.

West Lincoln got back in the game with one run in the top of the second inning, and Destiny Allen hit a solo home run off Devening in the top of the fourth to make it 3-2. However, Tori Edwards ended the Lady Bears’ comeback attempt with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“We’ve been hitting the ball well as of late,” Blackwell said. “We started off hitting the ball well in the first inning, and after that our bats went cold on us. We had opportunities to break the game open, but we couldn’t get the bunts down. We played a good game and had just two errors. We played good defense.”

Micah Redd was the losing pitcher, giving up four earned runs on six hits and four walks to go with two strikeouts.

Cathedral (8-2-1, 1-0) has a junior varsity game at 5 p.m. and a varsity game at 6 p.m. today at Loyd Star.

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