Lady Wave to visit St. John

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Cathedral High’s softball team is familiar with postseason play, advancing all the way to the state tournament two years ago.

But the Lady Wave will hit some unfamiliar ground when they begin postseason play Saturday, competing in Class 2A after moving up from Class 1A this season.

Cathedral battles Gulfport St. John High in Gulfport Saturday in a best of three series beginning at 1 p.m.

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&uot;They have some good players, hit the long ball and run the bases pretty well,&uot; Cathedral coach Lynn Ogden said of her scouting report.

St. John won Division 8-2A, finishing the season at 20-1, its only loss coming to Mercy Cross.

&uot;Their shortstop is supposedly their best player, although their first and third basemen are pretty good,&uot; Ogden said. &uot;They like to hit to the left side of the field. They sound a lot like us.&uot;

Cathedral is 16-7 on the season.

&uot;I told our kids if we would have played like we were supposed to, we would be 23-0,&uot; Ogden said. &uot;But they have been working hard. They are getting focused and should be ready by the time Saturday comes.&uot;

Cathedral finished in a tie with Wesson for the Division 6-2A title at 5-2, but lost once to third place Loyd Star, while Wesson swept the Lady Hornets.

&uot;In softball on any given day, anybody can beat anybody,&uot; Ogden said. &uot;We’ve been playing hard and the girls know they can do well. We’ve been working on specific things that we’ve had problems with. We’ve made a few too many errors in the past few weeks that have hurt us. That’s usually our strong suit, so we will have to step it up a notch.&uot;

Natchez High hosts Long Beach in a Class 5A first round playoff series here Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.