Green Wave rolls

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 3, 1999

The Cathedral Green Wave is developing the attitude of a winner. They continued their winning ways Thursday with a 17-5 win over District foe Richland.

One mark of a good team is the ability or mindset to pounce on an opponent early and not let them get back into the game.

The Green Wave pulled this off for the majority of the game except for one miscue.

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&uot;We had a slight mental breakdown and the outfielder let a ball go over her head,&uot; coach Lynn Ogden said. &uot;We all went down collectively. We lost our focus for a moment and allowed Richland to get back in the game.&uot;

After Richland clawed back to a 10-5 deficit, the Green Wave went on a hitting spree.

Consecutive singles by Carol Savant, Jessica Barrett and Kystal Groom had the bases juiced for Hester Brown.

Brown calmly stroked a triple to drive in three Cathedral runs.

The hitting barrage didn’t end there. The whole team batted around in the bottom of the fourth inning and stretched the lead to 17-5.

Good defensive plays in the top of the fifth made a quick game of it. Krystal Groom recorded the first out for Cathedral on a grounder to short.

Pitcher Betsy McGraw diffused a bases loaded situation by stabbing a screaming liner to get the second out. The game was called at the middle of the fifth inning because of the 10-run-rule.

&uot;The bats were hot and that allowed us to jump out to an early lead,&uot; Ogden said. &uot;That puts the pressure on the other team to make the plays. It usually gets our team loose.&uot;

Cathedral currently is 7-3 and 2-0 in district play.