Cathedral comes up short at home

Published 2:37 pm Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Cathedral Lady Wave came up short in the bottom of the seventh inning to fall to the St. Aloysius Lady Flashes 12-10 at home Monday night.

After being down 8-0 heading into the bottom of the third, the Lady Wave slowly battled back, scoring one run in the inning, and three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the Lady Flashes lead in half.

St. Aloysius jumped ahead early by scoring three runs in the first, one run in the second inning and four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the big lead.

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“I thought we were going to give up early on,” Cathedral head coach Pam Clayton said. “But we just kept hitting the ball and never got down.”

After having their lead cut in half, the lady Flashes went back to work and scored two runs in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh to regain their eight run lead heading into the bottom half of the last inning.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Wave rallied as Anna Huffines singled to score lead off batter Betsy Daggett. After Melissa Cavin and Kalin Kirkwood drew walks to load the bases for Cathedral, Joanna Waller singled to drive in two more runs. Kirkwood scored next from third after a pitch to Elizabeth Blackwell was in the dirt. Blackwell also walked and would later score along with Waller when Zoie Arnold struck out, but made it to first after the strike three pitch was dropped by St. Aloysius catcher Hannah Barrett.

Arnold made it safely to first and the two runs made it a 12-10 ball game.

But that was as close as the Lady Waves got, after Betsy Daggett singled, Megan Whittington, the tying run, was thrown out at first base for the Lady Waves’ third out.

Despite the loss Clayton said her team played well, and beyond her expectation.

“I didn’t expect it to be like this. They blew my mind,” she said.

She said this was definitely a strong outing for a team that is as inexperienced as hers.

Sarah Franco took the win for the Lady Flashes with 10 strikeouts, while Kalin Kirkwood, who had one strike out, took the loss for the Lady Waves, who fall to 1-3 after the losing to St. Aloysius.