Cathedral softball team debuts

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 16, 1999

It had no bearing on the division championship, but Cathedral High’s 7-6 win over Bogue Chitto here Monday was just as important.

&uot;They are a strong team and always have been,&uot; said Cathedral coach Lynn Ogden. &uot;They will probably be one of the toughest games we’ll play all year. They’ve always been tough in the past.&uot;

The Lady Wave and Lady Bobcats have fought for the division title the last few years, but Cathedral moved up to Class 2Athis season.

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Monday’s contest was close throughout with the Lady Wave collecting 10 hits to 11 for Bogue Chitto.

Both teams left five players on base. The Lady Wave had three errors to two for Bogue Chitto.

Cathedral took a 3-0 lead in the first inning before the Lady Bobcats answered with two in the second.

The Lady Wave went up 5-2 in the fourth inning and scored the deciding runs in the fifth as Carol Savant single, Jessica Barrett connected on one of her three triples and Krystal Groom singled.

Bogue Chitto pulled to within 7-6 in the sixth inning, but the Green Wave held them scoreless in the seventh to secure the win.

&uot;It was a pretty exciting game,&uot; Ogden said.

Savant finished with two singles and a triple.

Hester Brown also tripled, while Betsi McGraw and Sarah Davidson each singled.

Ogden said she was pleased with her defense, except for one error on a ball that got through the infield and allowed two runs to score.

&uot;Other than that we were pretty focused,&uot; Ogden said. &uot;There was a lot of folks there and a good crowd watching our game and I think the girls just lost focus for a little bit and had to regroup.&uot;

Ogden was not overly pleased with the Lady Wave’s offense.

&uot;We’ve got a lot of work to do there,&uot; she said. &uot;The lower part of our lineup needs to improve their hitting. They do well during practice, but can’t hit the ball in a game.&uot;

Ogden has seven seniors on the squad, which two years ago advanced to the state tournament.

&uot;We are expecting big things,&uot; she said. &uot;A lot of these girls have been with me for three years. They’ve worked together a long time and I’m sure they played together in the summer. They are ready for the season and know we can do some damage. We’re looking forward to competing in the new division.&uot;

Cathedral won the junior varsity contest 3-1.

Cathedral will compete in the Franklin County Tournament this Saturday.

The Lady Wave meet Natchez High Aug. 24.