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Sebastopol eliminates BC from the postseason

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Bogue Chitto's softball coach Scott Leggett (left) huddles with his team after defeating Sebastopol in Game Two Tuesday night.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Bogue Chitto’s softball coach Scott Leggett (left) huddles with his team after defeating Sebastopol in Game Two Tuesday night.

BOGUE CHITTO – The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats and the Sebastopol Lady Bobcats battled for the Class 1A South State Crown Tuesday night. Both teams provided plenty of excitement for their fans as the series took all three games to declare the winner.

In Game One, Sebastopol came out and blanked BC 11-0 in six innings of action. In Game Two, Bogue Chitto bounced back and returned the favor with a 5-0 shut out. In Game Three, the excitement heated up as both teams battled to the wire before Sebastopol managed to escape with a 3-2 victory and eliminate Bogue Chitto from the playoffs to advance to the state championship.

“This was a fantastic and memorable season,” said BC coach Scott Leggett. “I am extremely proud of this group. These girls represented BC like all of our other teams have in the past. I love them all.”

The BC Lady Cats conclude their magical season with a 24-12 worksheet. Bogue Chitto finished No. 1 in their region race going undefeated with a 4-0 record to capture the division crown. In the playoffs, they knocked off French Camp in two games and Nanih Waiya in three games.

Sebastopol advances to the state championship contest Saturday. They will battle the North State 1A winner of the Hamilton/Smithville series at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland starting at 10 a.m.

Sebastopol 11, BC 0 

In the battle of Lady Bobcats, Sebastopol managed to break through BC’s tough defense to grab a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

Sebastopol continued to increase their lead by pushing across one run each in the fourth and fifth innings, before exploding in the sixth inning with a eight run blast to secure the win.

Kelsi Gill was the winning pitcher for Sebastopol with three strikeouts, three walks and one intentional walk.

Brooke Myers suffered the setback for BC with no strikeouts and one walk.

Myers was top hitter at the plate for Bogue Chitto with two singles. Zariah Matthews and Reagan Kirkland provided a single each.

Morgan Leach powered Sebastopol’s offense with a home run and a single. McKenzie Byrd and Haven Morehead contributed a double and a single each. Gill ripped two singles. Abby Winstead had a double. Hitting safely were Bethanie Myers, Baylee Green, Brentley Comans, Hannah Arthur and Mikaela Bennett.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Bogue Chitto's Christian Black (6) is greeted at home plate by her teammates after smashing a two-run home run in the first inning of Game Two against Sebastopol.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Bogue Chitto’s Christian Black (6) is greeted at home plate by her teammates after smashing a two-run home run in the first inning of Game Two against Sebastopol.

BC 5, Sebastopol 0 

Bogue Chitto bounced back in Game Two to tied the series as the Lincoln County-based Lady Cats got their offense rolling in the first inning as Christian Black recorded her only hit in the series with a two-run home run to give BC a 2-0 lead. Black was intentionally walked nine times through out series.

The Lincoln County Lady Cats would add to their lead in the sixth inning by pushing three more runs.

BC’s relied on their strong defense to keep Sebastopol’s offense in check to secured the win.

Myers tossed the victory for BC in the Game Two with no strikeouts and one walk.

Gill took the lost for Sebastopol with two strikeouts, one walk and three intentional walks.

Black sparked BC’s offense with a home run. Karly Leake fueled the flames with two singles. Cherie Savoie had a double. Reagan Kirkland and Myers hit safely.

Comans led Sebastopol at the plate with a double and a single. Morehead and Myers contributed two singles. Bennett ripped a double. Green and Leach hit single each.

Sebastopol 3, BC 2 

Sebastopol quickly set the tone of the contest in the first four innings of action as they took command of a 3-0 lead, before BC rallied back to cut down Sebastopol’s lead in the bottom of the sixth inning by scoring two runs.

Bogue Chitto’s defense came out hyped after the sixth inning and shut down Sebastopol’s offense in the top of the seventh inning to continue their offensive momentum in the bottom of the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, BC’s Reagan Kirkland started the Lady Cats rally with a double and no outs, but Sebastopol’s defense tightened up to stop BC’s charge by recording the final three outs to secure the win.

Gill collected the win for Sebastopol with two strikeouts, one walk and three intentional walks.

Myers absorbed the setback for BC with no strikeouts and one walk.

Reagan Kirkland and Leake directed BC’s offense with two singles apiece. Hitting safely were Colby Kirkland and Terah Nelson.

Morehead, Gill and Comans led Sebastopol at the plate with pair of singles each. Arthur, Winstead and Green hit safely.