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Softball roundups: Cathedral falls to Salem

NATCHEZ — Cathedral’s fast-pitch softball team has picked the wrong time of the season to be slumping both at the plate and in the field. Especially with a key Division 8-1A doubleheader with Resurrection now less than a week away.

Just three days after blowing a 4-0 lead to division rival Salem, the Lady Green Wave extended its losing streak to two in a row on Friday afternoon after falling to the McComb Lady Tigers 7-3.

And it could have been a lot worse than that. Cathedral committed a season-high nine errors while losing pitcher Mollie Devening, who went the distance, walked four and struck out just two.

“When you have nine errors, you can’t win a ball game. They had two earned runs the whole game,” Cathedral head coach Gary Blackwell said. “Our bats are cold and our defense is cold.”

Cathedral (13-8) plays at Franklin County next Tuesday with the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

Brookhaven 14, Franklin County 12

MEADVILLE — Nearly 24 hours after winning the Division 7-3A championship, the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs were back on the softball diamond Friday afternoon against Brookhaven.

And for the third straight game, Franklin County had double-digit hits. The problem once again was defense. The Lady Bulldogs committed four costly errors as they lost to the Lady Panthers.

Franklin County (9-7-2) went into the seventh inning leading Brookhaven 11-9. But a five-run rally by the Lady Panthers in the top of the inning gave them a 14-11 lead. Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, their own comeback attempt fell short as they had scored just one run in the bottom of the final inning.

On Thursday afternoon, Franklin County split a doubleheader at Tylertown. In Game 1, the twice-suspended game due to inclement weather was finally completed. The Lady Chiefs, the visiting team in this game, held on for an 11-10 win.

But in Game 2, Rachel Dier’s pitching was a big factor in the Lady Bulldogs’ 5-2 victory. Dier helped Franklin County overcome 10 errors by holding Tylertown to just two hits. The Lady Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Allison Hauer homered and went 2-for-3. Franklin County went 3-1 in division play.