Lady Green Wave fall to Lady Yellow Jackets

Published 12:01 am Thursday, August 29, 2019


The Natchez Democrat

NATCHEZ — Oak Forest Academy scored enough runs in the top of the second and fourth innings to overcome a wild fifth inning as the Lady Yellow Jackets held on for a 12-7 win over the Cathedral High School Lady Green Wave Tuesday night in an MAIS District 4-4A game.

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Cathedral got off to a good start when Fisher Iseminger singled in a run on a 1-2 pitch in the bottom of the first inning off Oak Forest senior pitcher Emilee Casanova. However, Casanova would settle down and keep the Lady Green Wave off the scoreboard over the next three innings.

The same, unfortunately, could not be said for Cathedral starting pitcher Madeline Smith. She gave up two runs in the top of the second inning and three more runs in the top of the fourth that gave Oak Forest a 5-1 lead.

It looked like the onslaught would continue as the Lady Yellow Jackets scored five runs thanks to a walk and three hits off Smith, including a double by Casanova, in the top of the fifth for a 10-1 lead. Smith was only able to get one out before in that frame before Anna Poole came on in relief.

Smith allowed 10 runs, six of them earned, on 10 hits with three strikeouts, five walks, and one hit batter over four and one-third innings in which she threw 87 pitches, but only 48 of them for strikes.

The Lady Green Wave tried to make a big comeback against Casanova in the bottom of the fifth as they scored six runs, including singles by Iseminger and Allie Feluts, a fielder’s choice by Kolemyn Grace Fisher, and a two-run double by Gracie Harrigill.

Iseminger had a big game at the plate for the Lady Green Wave as she went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and one runs scored. Dunbar was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Feltus was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.

That rally made it a 10-7 game, but Cathedral would get no closer as Oak Forest scored two insurance runs off Poole in the top of the sixth inning to go up 12-7. Casanova would not let what happened in the bottom of the fifth affect her as she shut out the Lady Green Wave over the final two innings. Poole allowed no earned runs on two hits with one walk and no strikeouts  over two and two-third innings.

Casanova threw 139 pitcher, 88 of them for strikes. In going the distance she gave up seven runs, all of them earned, on nine hits, struck out 10 batters, walked four, and hit one batter. She helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI, and one run scored. Kayla Watts went 2-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored while Madi Thornton was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Cathedral (6-11, 1-4) doesn’t play again until Tuesday, Sept. 3 when it hosts Centreville Academy at 6:15 p.m. That follows the junior varsity game, which gets under way at 5 p.m.

Brookhaven Academy 6, ACCS 0 (Tuesday)

NATCHEZ — Both Emily Claire Felder of Brookhaven Academy and Becca Cowan of Adams County Christian School pitched all seven innings for their respective teams Tuesday night in an MAIS District 4-4A game.

But it was the Lady Cougars that prevailed 6-0 over the Lady Rebels thanks to bookend three-run innings while Felder threw a complete-game three-hitter, struck out 13 batters and walked none. She helped her own cause by going 3-for-4 with one run batted in.

Brookhaven Academy scored three runs off Cowan in the top of the first inning, but she did her best to keep ACCS in the game by keeping the Lady Cougars scoreless over the next five innings.

But Felder was more than up to the task as she kept the Lady Rebels off balance with an array of pitches that kept them guessing throughout. The only base hits ACCS managed to get were singles by Cassie Haydel, Georgia Martin, and Heidi Zimmerman.

The Lady Cougars put the game away with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Hallie Creel had a triple, drove in two runs, and scored one run while Madison Moak had a double and scored one run.

ACCS (1-11, 0-5) next plays at Silliman Institute on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with the varsity game at 6:15 p.m., which follows the JV games at 5 p.m.

Riverfield Academy 4, ACCS 3 (Monday)

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School was denied its second win of the season Monday night when the MAIS Class 3A Riverfield Academy Lady Raiders rallied in the final two innings to defeat the Class 4A Lady Rebels 4-3.

After Riverfield took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, ACCS responded with a three-run rally in the bottom of the second inning. And the way Becca Cowan was pitching, it looked like that lead would hold up.

Yet the Lady Raiders responded with a two-run rally in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3 and then scored that turned out to be the game-winning run in the top of the seventh.

Cowan allowed four earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts, two walks, and one hit batter in a complete-game performance. But she was bested by Riverfield pitcher Word (no first name given), who gave up three earned runs on six hits, struck out three, walked three, and hit one batter).

Kate Parsons went 2-for-3 with one run scored and Geri Brumfield was 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead ACCS (1-10) at the plate. The Lady Raiders were led by Sanders, who went 2-for-3 with one run scored; Allen, who had a triple and two RBIs; and Lewis, who had a double and one RBI.