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Prep Roundup: Cathedral softball wins 1 of 2

MEADVILLE — Emily Rasco had a solid outing on the mound to offset a shaky defense in the Cathedral High School Lady Green Wave’s 3-2 win over the Vicksburg Missy Gators Saturday morning at the Franklin County Tournament.

The game was called after four and a half innings due to the time limit. Rasco pitched four innings and held Vicksburg to no earned runs on just one hit with one strikeout and two walks in picking up the win. The two runs the Missy Gators scored in the bottom of the fourth inning were unearned due to some of Cathedral’s four errors.

And that could have cost the Lady Green Wave the victory if not for two key factors — Rasco’s performance on the mound and Cathedral scoring three runs in the top of the first inning.

Those would be the only three runs losing pitcher Faith Thomas would allow. Thomas gave up five hits, struck out seven, walked two and hit two batters in her four innings of work.

Baylee Graning went 2-for-3 while Smith had a double and two runs batted in and Claire Upton had a double and one RBI.

Unfortunately, Cathedral ran into an improving Franklin County High School team in its second game, which was played nearly four hours after the Lady Green Wave’s first game was completed.

The Lady Bulldogs scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to an 11-2 win in a game that took just three and a half innings to play. Emilee Wallace got the win as she held Cathedral to two runs, one earned, on just three hits while striking out five batters despite walking six batters and hitting one batter.

Rasco was not as effective on the mound against Franklin County as she was against Vicksburg. Franklin County had six hits and took advantage of five walks and a hit batter by Rasco as well as four Cathedral errors. Of the 11 runs Smith allowed, only two were earned and she struck out three batters over three innings.

After the Lady Bulldogs’ nine-run rally in the bottom of the first inning gave them a 9-2 lead, they added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Alyssa Case went 2-for-3 with a triple and one run batted in. Jamecia Starks also had a triple with one RBI. Shelly Case had a double and two RBIs while Harley McKay went 2-for-3.

Cathedral (4-3) plays host to Warren Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Vidalia wins two at Jena Tournament

JENA, La. — Vidalia High School pitcher Taylor Rodgers has had her share of problems on the mound against good-hitting teams this season. That was not the case Saturday as the Lady Vikings not only ended their two-game losing streak, but they also had no problem in beating their two opponents to finish 2-1 at the Jena Tournament.

In Vidalia’s 14-2 five-inning win over the Avoyelles Public Charter School Lady Vikings, Rodgers allowed no earned runs on five hits while striking out six batters and walking two. She was also tough to get out when she was at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and four runs batted in.

Vidalia jumped right out of the gate and scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but was unable to put away Avoyelles Public Charter in the early stages of the game they were only up 3-1 at the end of the third inning.

However, the “visiting” Lady Vikings chased Macy Dunbar out of the game after scoring twice to make it a 5-1 game. They would add four more runs in the frame to go ahead 9-1. It did not get any better for the “home” team Lady Vikings as Vidalia scored five runs in the top of the fifth for a 14-1 lead and Rodgers preserved the 10-run rule win by keeping Avoyelles Public Charter scoreless in the bottom of the fifth.

Katelin Temple hit a home run and ended up with three RBIs, Megan Naquin drove in two runs, Katelynn Bertelsen went 2-for-4 with a double and Savannah McCarver also went 2-for-4 for Vidalia.

Dunbar suffered the loss after allowing five runs, all earned, on four hits and four walks to go with three strikeouts and three and two-thirds innings. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Then Vidalia took the field for its second game of the morning and Rodgers was once again dominant as the Lady Vikings took care of the Rayville High School Lady Hornets 6-0.

Rodgers pitched all seven innings and held Rayville to just five hits. She struck out nine batters and walked just one to pick up her second win of the day.

Vidalia scored two runs each in the bottom of the second, fourth and sixth innings. The Lady Vikings finished with seven hits. Temple picked up where she left off as she had a double and two RBIs while Cassie Gonzales led them at the plate by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and 2 RBIs. Bertelsen was 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Madison Frith was charged with the loss as she pitched all six innings for Rayville, giving up six runs, five earned, on seven hits and five walks to go with four strikeouts. Heather Seffens led the Lady Hornets at the plate, going 2-for-3.

Vidalia (6-7) returns to LHSAA District 3-3A play at 4 p.m. Monday when it hosts Avoyelles High School.