Senior day sees Green Wave win

Published 12:13 am Tuesday, October 2, 2007

MEADVILLE — Monday was a special day for Franklin County seniors Heather Havard, Monea Cameron, Melissa McFarland and Jennifer Thornton as they were recognized before the start of the varsity game against Cathedral.

Then it was down to business when the Lady Bulldogs took on the Lady Green Wave with an opportunity to move to within one win of having a 20-win season. But the game did not turn out as expected for the home team as Cathedral upset Franklin County 13-5.

Anna Huffines had a big game for the Lady Green Wave as she went 4-for-4 with a double and four runs batted in. Huffines, Elizabeth Blackwell and Epiphany Jackson combined for eight of the team’s 13 hits. Ana Perry and Rachel Smilo got into the act as Perry had a triple and Smilo had a double.

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Cathedral assistant coach Penny Daggett said that the Lady Green Wave won the game by keeping its composure on defense despite committing six errors and by hitting the ball hard.

“We committed six errors, but we played a complete game tonight,” Daggett said. “One of the first complete games we’ve played this year. They were fairly hard hit balls.”

Daggett added that she hopes that Cathedral, 9-10 and winners of three of its last four games, will carry its momentum over to today’s critical Region 7-1A game at home against West Lincoln at 6 p.m. at the Natchez-Adams Girls Softball Complex.

Cathedral jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Franklin County answered when Monea Cameron hit a three-run home run over the fence in left centerfield for a 3-0 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs’ first two batters got on by way of back-to-back Cathedral errors. After Cameron’s home run, it appeared like the Lady Bulldogs would add to its lead as they had runners on second and third with just one out. But they couldn’t capitalize on the scoring opportunity as winning pitcher Smilo got the next two batters out. Smilo pitched a complete-game five-hitter.

“We were lucky to get out of the first inning with just three runs (given up),” Daggett said. We didn’t get down. We were able to come back on them.”

After the Lady Green Wave took the lead for good in the top of the second inning, they put the game out of reach with a five-run rally in the top of the fourth inning for a 10-3 lead.

Franklin County (18-8) scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the lead to 10-5, but that would be the only inning after the first in which the Lady Bulldogs scored. Cathedral responded with three runs in the top of the sixth.