Waves washed out

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; It was the same old story for the Cathedral Lady Waves softball team Thursday.

A lack of hitting, a few costly errors and a big inning proved too much as Bogue Chitto (19-2) took a 14-1 win at the Natchez-Adams Softball Complex.

In a game that lasted little more than an hour, Bogue Chitto pounded 17 hits off Lady Wave pitcher Brandi McGraw and scored 13 runs over the final three innings.

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After Bogue Chitto scored a run in the top of the first inning, both schools&8217; defenses took charge, getting out of several jams.

Unfortunately, trailing 3-0 heading into the fifth inning, the Cathedral defense committed several errors, leading to a five-run fifth and a six-run sixth en route to the 14-1 final decision.

Jennie Allen drove in Anna Huffines in the bottom of the fifth for the lone Cathedral run.

McGraw, Huffines, Allen, Melissa Cavin and Jennifer Bernard combined for the five Cathedral hits.

&8220;There&8217;s just some things you can&8217;t change in three or four months of coaching,&8221; said Cathedral head coach Pam Clayton. &8220;We&8217;ve got seven seniors, and they&8217;ve had four coaches in their four years. That makes it hard to have any consistency. We weren&8217;t able to get out of some of our bad habits, but I feel good about next year. We&8217;re going to do a lot of work on hitting. I&8217;ll feel good about our defense, because our JV is a true JV. They&8217;ll be ready to play next year.&8221;

Cathedral (7-6), has been eliminated from playoff contention, but faces one more home game against hated rival St. Al.

&8220;If we can beat St. Al and have more wins than losses in this first season I&8217;ll feel like we did a good job,&8221; Clayton said. &8220;The girls have a more positive attitude now, and they&8217;re more of a team now. It&8217;s a good group of girls.&8221;

Cathedral will take on St. Al Monday at home. The JV game is slated for 5 p.m., while the varsity will meet up at 6.