Rain wreaks havoc with tourney

Published 12:43 am Sunday, August 17, 2008

CLINTON, La. — Inclement weather on Friday afternoon forced the Silliman Tournament to start an hour and a half later than it was supposed to.

That, and more rain during the day on Saturday, turned out to be bad news for ACCS and Trinity Episcopal, as neither the Lady Rebels nor the Lady Saints were able to get a game in — and that included the scheduled game between the two teams at 11 a.m.

However, WCCA and Centreville somehow were each able to play their first, and only, games of the day. The Lady Rams cruised to an 11-3 win over the host Lady Wildcats in three innings while the Lady Tigers lost to the Amite School Center Lady Rebels 3-2.

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The Silliman-WCCA game was close in the first two innings. The Lady Wildcats got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning before the Lady Rams answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first.

Both teams scored two runs in the second inning and the outcome of the game was still in doubt with WCCA hanging on to a 4-3 lead. But after Bethany Fletcher shut out Silliman in the top of the third inning, the Lady Rams put the game out of reach by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the third.

WCCA (9-2, 1-0) had just four hits in the game itself, but two of those went for extra bases. Caroline Walker had a triple and Sam Pace had a double. The Lady Rams host Trinity Episcopal Monday with the JV game at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 6:45 p.m.

Centreville made a couple of costly errors that led to two of Amite School Center’s three runs. The Lady Tigers tried to rally in the bottom of the fifth, but they could not keep it going.

“We hit the ball really well, but we hit it right at them,” Centreville head coach Mark Mann said.

The Lady Rebels’ Coleigh Carnegie had the only extra-base hit for either team with a double. Both teams had just three hits in the game.

Centreville (7-7, 2-0 in District 5-AA) returns to action Monday night when it hosts Oak Forest in district action. The B-team game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game begins at 6:30 p.m. ACCS will host Huntington for two games starting at 4 p.m.

Franklin County goes 1-1 at Columbia Tournament

COLUMBIA — The Franklin County Lady Bulldogs got good pitching, hitting and defense in a 9-1 win over the Sumrall Lady Bobcats in their first game at the Columbia Tournament.

Winning pitcher Mildred Starks held Sumrall to just five hits in five innings and the defense behind committed just one error. The Lady Bobcats scored their only run in the top of the fifth inning.

“We’re trying to move some players around and they hit the ball in that game,” Franklin County head coach Dana Smith said.

The Lady Bulldogs had 16 hits in the game and were led by Kacey Smith, who went 3-for-3, and Vintrice Briggs, who was one of four players to go 2-for-3. Both of Briggs’ hits were triples.

Franklin County didn’t play nearly as well in its second game as it was shut out by the Perry Central Lady Bulldogs 1-0 in seven innings.

“Our pitch selection hurt us. Our girls weren’t swinging at good pitches,” Smith said. “We played good defense, but we couldn’t hit. They didn’t focus on the second (game).”

In the bottom of the seventh, leadoff hitter Leah Carpenter reached first base on an error. Then with one out, she advanced on a single up the middle and scored the game-winning run on a base hit.

Karly Lott did her best to keep Perry Central in the game by holding Franklin County to just six hits.

Franklin County (4-2) will play a varsity game at Hazlehurst Tuesday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Richland Tournament rained out

RICHLAND — The Cathedral Lady Green Wave was scheduled to play in the Richland Tournament on Saturday, but too much rain Friday night forced the tournament to be cancelled.

Cathedral will host Vicksburg on Monday with the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. and the varsity game at 6 p.m. The games were originally scheduled for this Tuesday.