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Braxton leads Lady ‘Cats over Salem in slowpitch

BOGUE CHITTO — Candace Braxton tripled and singled in leadingthe Bogue Chitto Lady ‘Cats to a 6-2 Monday victory over the SalemLady Wildcats in girls slowpitch softball district action. The Lady’Cats scored 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth to break open aclose game at Stan Long Field.

“It was good to get a district game,” said BC head coach ScottLeggett whose team improved to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in thedivision. “This was a close game, and we need to hit the ballbetter.

“Salem has a pretty good team and they are competitive,” Leggettadded. “I’m still proud of the effort our girls gave.”

Danielle Sasser pitched the victory. Jana King fanned 1 batterand walked none in a losing cause.

At the plate, 2 hits apiece by Candace Avants and Meleah Brownsupported Braxton. Kayla Smith, Dori Hall and Haley Robertssingled.

Salem (8-3, 1-1) got 3 singles from Carla Barnes. LatandraMontgomery singled twice. Chasidy Prescott, Chelsie Donaldson andKing singled.

“We lost our best shortstop to a broken leg in the FranklinCounty tournament,” said Salem coach Bird Martin. “We had a lot ofgirls playing out of position but we are young and there’s room forimprovement. Bogue Chitto is a good team.”

Salem took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth but BC repliedwith 2 runs in the bottom of the inning. The Lady ‘Cats overcame 3errors.

In the JV game, Bogue Chitto won 11-8. Winningpitcher Caitlin Owens struck out 5 and walked 4.

At the plate, Shaquille Burton led BC with a gram slam homer.Chassity Moak and Owens singled twice.

Losing pitcher Hope McEwen walked 6 and fanned none.

Two singles by Gabby McGinty led Salem’s attack.

Bogue Chitto resumes play Thursday at West Lincoln, startingwith a JV game at 6 p.m.