Lady Wave hang on against Vidalia

Published 12:26 am Friday, April 2, 2010

NATCHEZ — The last three outs are always the toughest to make — just ask Cathedral pitcher Ginny Daggett.

The sophomore hurler took a 6-2 lead into the seventh inning against Vidalia Thursday, but several fielding miscues made things a lot more interesting than the Lady Green Wave would have liked.

Even though the Lady Vikings added two more runs in the top of the seventh, Daggett buckled down and got the outs she needed, giving Cathedral a 6-4 win.

“I was pretty happy, going all seven innings, since it was my first game to pitch the whole way through,” Daggett said.

Daggett began the top of the seventh with a strikeout, but the next batter reached on an error by Cathedral third baseman Melissa Cavin. Julie White then doubled in the run for Vidalia, and took third base on a passed ball.

Daggett responded by striking out Vidalia’s leadoff hitter Kennedy Beard, which gave her much more comfort after the fielding mistakes, she said.

“I was pretty happy after that strikeout,” she said. “It was a big relief.”

The Lady Vikings weren’t done yet, though. A groundball by Vidalia’s Lauren Secrest went through second baseman McKenzie Milligan’s legs, scoring White from third and cutting the lead to two. Daggett finally ended the game by striking out Vidalia’s Kassi Randall.

Daggett finished the game with 11 strikeouts and five hits.

“Ginny throws hard, and she was putting the strikes across,” Cathedral coach Gary Blackwell said. “She should have been out of the seventh inning with no runs, so for her to keep her composure just shows her character.”

And Daggett said a positive attitude is what allowed her to stay calm on the mound.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” she said. “You’re going to have (miscues). You just have to brush those off.

“Having a positive attitude really keeps you up. If you have a negative attitude, you’ll have negative pitches, and it will show in your performance.”

Vidalia scored one run in the top of the first inning, but Cathedral answered with two runs in the bottom of the first on RBIs by Daggett and Mollie Devening.

In the bottom of the fourth, Cathedral added two more runs when a Betsy Daggett single scored Shannon Mire and Kimble Devening singled in McKenzie Watts.

Vidalia added a run in the top of the fifth when Beard scored from third on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the sixth, a sacrifice fly by Watts sent in Cavin, and Kimble Devening singled in Betsy Daggett.

“We came out wanting to play some small ball and it worked for us at first,” Blackwell said. “Then they came around and started defending it, so we started swinging the bats.”

Cathedral rose to 10-7 on the season, 1-1 in district play.