Lady Bears edge Bogue Chitto in defensive battle
BOGUE CHITTO – The West Lincoln Lady Bears relied on tough defense to edge to Bogue Chitto Lady Cats 5-4 Tuesday night in slowpitch softball action.
“This was a typical West Lincoln-Bogue Chitto match up,” said West Lincoln coach Andrew Redd. “We were very fortunate to take the lead in the fourth after having to fight our way back into the game.”
The Lady Cats (3-2) return to action Thursday as they prepare to welcome the Brookhaven Lady Panthers to play a varsity game starting at 5 p.m. due to a Thursday night football special between the Bogue Chitto Bobcats and the Enterprise Yellow Jackets.
The Lady Bears (5-0) will have the rest of the week off before returning to action Tuesday, Sept 2, when they travel to Wesson to take on the Wesson Lady Cobras. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6 p.m.
West Lincoln 5, Bogue Chitto 4
West Lincoln and Bogue Chitto fans gathered to witness another tough battle between two rivals Tuesday night.
In the first inning, Bogue Chitto came out strong and quickly grabbed an early 3-0 lead that was sparked by a big three-run home run by Christian Black.
In the third inning, the Lady Bears managed to overcome BC’s strong defense and scratch they’re way back in the contest to tie the game at 3-all.
In the top of the fourth inning, West Lincoln seized their first lead of the game when Hanna Moak hit a two-run home run that grazed just over the left-center fence. It was nearly robbed by BC’s left-center fielder Zariah Mathew after leaping to make the catch, but the ball came out when her glove hit the fence.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, BC rallied back to cut into West Lincoln’s lead as they pushed across one run and threaten to score more. The Lady Bears relied on tough defensive pressure to close the door on the Lady Cats’ threat.
After a tough defensive battle in the sixth and seventh inning, West Lincoln managed to keep their undefeated record intact by securing 5-4 win over the Lady Cats.
Makennah Redd was the winning pitcher for the Lady Bears with no strikeouts and no walks. West Lincoln initialized two intentional walks.
Brook Myers suffered the setback for the Lady Cats with one strikeout and two walks.
Hanna Moak was the offensive leader at the plate for West Lincoln with a home run. Alli Mullins and Makennah Redd contributed three singles each. Malori Hall and Millane Lewis ripped a pair of singles. Hitting safely were Brianna Fauver, Sara Jane Doty, Micah Redd, Anna Brooke Davis and Ashley Thomas.
Christian Black powered the Lady Cats’ offense with a home run and a single. Colby Kirkland provided a double and a single. Mallory Allen, Terrah Nelson, Alana Nettles, Brooke Myers, Rheagan Kirkland and Baileigh Jackson hit safely.
“We did not make it count, when it matter the most,” said BC coach Scott Leggett. “We had several chances to win the game, but we could not get it done offensively. Defensively, we played really well. Sooner or later, our offense will have to step up to help us win games.”
In JV action, West Lincoln defeated Bogue Chitto 8-5.
Anna Brooke Davis (1K, 1BB) and McKenzie Pyles (1K, 0BB) tossed the win for the Lady Bears.
Stevie Montgomery absorbed the setback for BC with no strikeouts and three walks.
Jana Case and Ashley Thomas paced the Lady Bears at the plate with a pair of singles. Pyles had a double and Demesha Deer hit a single.
Destiny Wallace and T’Asia Black were the top hitters for Bogue Chitto with two singles each. Codi Leggett provided a double. Hitting safely were Karly Leake, Lineka Newson, Payton Barron and Kinley Douglas.