JACKSON – Mission accomplished!
The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats had one goal in mind: Capture thegold.
The Lady Cats accomplished that by defeating the Wheeler LadyEagles in three games in softball action Saturday. The team fromBogue Chitto lost the first game 7-3, but fought back to win thesecond game 9-2 and the finale 9-7 to claim the MSHAA slowpitchsoftball State 1A Championship on the V.A. Field.
“It is great to win the championship,” said BC head coach ScottLeggett. “I am very proud of the girls for battling back. Theyrefocused after the game one loss and got some big hits that helpedus win games two and three. I want to thank God for the talent hegave these girls. I also want to thank the fans for theirsupport.”
With the win, Bogue Chitto (26-7) becomes the first team in LincolnCounty to secure state championships in two different softballcategories in the same year. The Lady Cats captured the fastpitchstate championship last May.
“Bogue Chitto made the plays when they needed to win,” said Wheelerhead coach Andy Richey. “We made some critical errors in the secondand third games and they took advantage of it. Overall, I was veryproud of my girls for fighting hard and not quitting. Bogue Chittohas a very good team and deserves to win it after battlingback.”
Wheeler (29-7) finished their softball season on a high note as theNorth 1A Champs and state runner-up.
Wheeler 7, BC 3
Mallory Michael (1K, 1BB) collected the win for the Eagles. KerriMcGehee (0K, 2BB) absorbed the loss for Bogue Chitto
Left-center fielder Hilary Glover led the Wheeler offensive attackwith a triple and a single. Haylee Hughes and Gracie Michaelprovided two singles apiece. Hitting safely were Brooke Jones,Jonie Green, April Thompson and Mallory Michael. The Eagles outhitthe Cats 10-5
Second baseman Bradi Davis was the leader for BC’s offense with adouble and a single. The Cats got singles from Josie Porter, DarcyMiller and Rheagan Welch. Bogue Chitto committed five errors in thegame.
“We made too many errors and did not hit the ball,” said Leggettafter the game. “Now we must battle back.”
BC 9, Wheeler 2
Bogue Chitto came out on fire in the second game, scoring two runsin the first inning, three in the third, three more in the fourthand one in the fifth. Both teams committed four errors.
McGehee (1K, 0BB) collected the victory for the Cats. MalloryMichael (1K, 2BB) absorbed the loss for the Eagles.
Porter, the Lady Cats’ shortstop, provided the offensive explosionfor Bogue Chitto with a home run and two singles. Mattie Avantscontinued to fuel the flames with three singles. Alexis Givenscontributed two singles. Kaylie Crosby hit a double. Hitting safelywere Toy Smith, Miller, Davis, Welch and McGehee.
Second baseman April Thompson was the offensive leader for Wheelerwith a triple. Gracie Michael contributed a double. Mallory Michaelprovided two singles. Jordan Padgett, Green and Hughes hit a singleapiece.
BC 9, Wheeler 7
The Lady Cats continued to supply a hot bat in the third game as BCscored one run in the second inning, exploded for six runs in thefourth and added two more in the fifth. The Eagles answered back inthe sixth inning with a rally, scoring five runs and two more runsin the seventh. Wheeler committed five errors and BC hadfour.
McGehee (0K, 2BB) was the winning pitcher. Mallory Michael (0K,0BB) absorbed the loss.
Davis sparked the Lady Cats’ offense with a home run and twodoubles. Adrienne Wallace, Smith and McGehee united the explosionfor BC with two singles apiece. Hitting safely were Haley Estess,Givens, Porter and Miller.
Mallory Michael, Gracie Michael and Jones led the way for Wheelerwith two singles apiece. The Eagles got singles from Padgett andGlover.