Lady Cats fall to Nanih Waiya
NANIH WAIYA – The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats saw their shot of repeating a state championship in fast pitch softball come to an end Wednesday night after suffering two losses to the Nanih Waiya Lady Warriors in Class 1A softball state playoff action.
The Lady Warriors bounced back after losing 4-0 to Bogue Chitto Tuesday to sweep the last two games from the Lady Cats 5-4 and 3-2 Wednesday night.
The Lady Cats, coached by Scott Leggett, concluded the season with a 14-12 record overall and finished tied for first place in the Region 7-1A race with a 5-1 record.
Nanih Waiya 5, Bogue Chitto 4
The Lady Warriors came out and quickly set the tone of the contest in game two as they grabbed an early 3-0 lead on the Lady Cats in the first inning of action.
Bogue Chitto battled back in the third inning scoring two runs to cut into Nanih Waiya’s lead at 3-2.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lady Warriors plated two more runs to increase their lead to 5-2.
The Lady Cats would put together a late rally in the final two innings of action as they scored one run in the top of the sixth inning and added another run in the top of the seventh inning. They failed to tie the contest or squeeze out the win as Nanih Waiya secured the win to force a decisive game three.
Alana Nettles suffered the setback in the pitching circle for the Lady Cats with two strikeouts and no walks. Codi Leggett (1K, 0BB) pitched two innings of relief.
Zariah Matthews was the offensive leader at the plate for BC with a double and a single. Terrah Nelson contributed two singles. Christian Black provided a double. Hitting safely were Codi Leggett, Daley Roberts and Mallory Allen.
Nanih Waiya 3, Bogue Chitto 2
In game three, both teams provided an exciting defensive contest for the softball fans in a scoreless bout until the fourth inning.
The Lady Warriors managed to get on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead, but the Lady Cats battled back to tie the contest in the top of the fifth inning at 1-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nanih Waiya scored their second run of the night to reclaim the lead at 2-1.
In the top of the seventh inning, BC scored one run to tie the game again at 2-2. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Warriors managed to fight through BC’s tough defense to score the game-winning run and win the series to advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Christian Black absorbed the setback for the Lady Cats on the rubber with 10 strikeouts and six walks.
Codi Leggett paced the Lady Cats’ offense with two singles. Daley Roberts, Mallory Allen, Colby Kirkland and Terrah Nelson hit safely.