Cathedral gets past Franklin

Published 12:09 am Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Cathedral Lady Green Wave finally got to play a full game of fast-pitch softball after its first game got cancelled, and its second game got rained out.

Cathedral was not able to ease into its season as it was on the road against longtime MAIS powerhouse Franklin Academy in scorching heat and high humidity Tuesday afternoon.

After six innings of back-and-forth action, Cathedral scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 10-5 win over the Lady Cougars.

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“It was really hot out there. We made some errors. But we made some outstanding catches, too,” Cathedral head coach Gary Blackwell said. “We’ve got a few people out. We’re having to play some (players) in different positions.”

Both teams racked up quite a few hits in this game. Cathedral finished with 13 hits and Franklin Academy ended up with nine hits. And each had its share of miscues in the field. The Lady Green Wave committed five errors while the Lady Cougars had three errors.

“One thing that kept us out of the game was errors. We made a good many errors, which we’ve got to work on,” Blackwell said.

Cathedral had a 2-1 lead after four innings of play before Franklin Academy struck for two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Then the Lady Green Wave used a three-run rally in the top of the sixth to grab a 5-3 lead, only to see the Lady Cougars score two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 5-5.

Elizabeth Smith picked up the win despite giving up nine hits and four walks in a complete-game outing. She struck out seven batters and helped her cause by going 2-for-5 with two doubles.

“We got in a couple of binds there. She was able to battle back and came through. She did a good job,” Blackwell said.

Haley Ellis had a big game at the plate for Cathedral. Ellis went 3-for-5 with a triple, four runs batted in and three runs scored. Annalyce Riley was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored. Madeline Smith was 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored. Caroline Kaiser drove in two runs and went 2-for-5.

“We started off a little slow on our hitting. We finally came around in the last inning. It was our first game. They stayed in there and battled hard and came through,” Blackwell said.

Cathedral (1-0) next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Amite School Center.