Lady Wave fall 9-0

Published 12:14 am Saturday, May 8, 2010

BOGUE CHITTO — After a tough 10-8 loss Thursday evening, the Lady Wave softball team faced an uphill battle against Bogue Chitto in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs Friday.

And in the end, that hill proved too steep to climb, as Cathedral’s season came to an end in a 9-0 loss.

“I figured after that game (Thursday) night, the battle we had in that game, it was going to be a tough go today,” Cathedral coach Gary Blackwell said.

“I was hoping we could get that first one under our belts and come out OK, but as the old saying goes, we just ran out of gas. We’re a very young team, and there’s a bright future for these girls.”

Beth Fortenbery and Shannon Mire had the only two hits for Cathedral.

Starter Ginny Daggett pitched three innings, giving up four runs. In the fourth, Blackwell opted to let Mollie Devening finish the game on the mound. Devening gave up three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.

“Ginny wasn’t doing a bad job, we were just trying to give them a different look,” Blackwell said. “It being an elimination game, we were doing whatever we could at that point.”

Cathedral finished the season 19-10, and Blackwell said it was the team’s ability to come together and have fun that allowed them to have such a successful year.

“They always kept together as a team, and always battled back,” Blackwell said. “They all get along well together, and always keep each other up. They’re just a special group.”

Blackwell extended a special thanks to his two seniors, Betsy Daggett and Melissa Cavin.

“They’ve been playing a good while, and really put their hearts into it this year. We hate to see it end for them like it did, as any coach would. They’re two really good kids, and I’ve enjoyed coaching them through the years.”

With no juniors on the team this year, everyone minus Betsy Daggett and Cavin looks to return next year, Blackwell said.

“It just wasn’t our time to get the cake, but it’s coming,” he said. “I really enjoyed the season. It’s been a pleasure working with these girls.”