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Lady Cats advance to title series

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Bogue Chitto shortstop Terrah Nelson prepares to make a tag on Ethel's runner Breanna Blaine (10) sliding into second base in game two.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Bogue Chitto shortstop Terrah Nelson prepares to make a tag on Ethel’s runner Breanna Blaine (10) sliding into second base in game two.

BOGUE CHITTO – The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats knocked off the Ethel Lady Tigers 3-1 Monday night to complete the two-game sweep and advance to the Class 1A championship.

In Friday’s contest, Bogue Chitto blanked Ethel 10-0 to win game one.

“It is great to be back playing for a state championship,” said BC coach Scott Leggett. “This is our fourth time in seven years to be playing for the state championship. Our girls are representing BC really well. Overall, I am very proud of my girls’ effort.”

The Lady Cats (25-6) are looking to bring home their fourth state championship in seven years as they prepare to take on the Smithville Lady Seminoles in a best-of-three series starting 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.

The Lady Cats swept Sebastopol, Nanih Waiya and Ethel to advance to the championship series. BC won the state championship in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Lady Cats 3, Lady Tigers 1 

Bogue Chitto captured a 2-0 lead in the first two innings. Ethel scored its only run of the contest in the top of fourth to cut into BC’s lead at 2-1.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Bogue Chitto's Zariah Matthews (22) reaches first base safely as Ethel's second baseman Brooklyn Whitman (24) was unable to make the play Monday.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Bogue Chitto’s Zariah Matthews (22) reaches first base safely as Ethel’s second baseman Brooklyn Whitman (24) was unable to make the play Monday.

The Lady Cats regained their two-run lead in the bottom of the fifth at 3-1 and held on for the win.

Christian Black dominated to collect the win for the Lady Cats with 11 strikeouts, three walks and hit two batters.

Kambrie Hodges suffered the loss for the Lady Tigers with four strikeouts, two walks and hit a batter.

Codi Leggett directed the Lady Cats with two singles. Julianna Frazier contributed a double. Zariah Matthews and Baileigh Jackson provided a single each.

Brooklyn Whitman was the leader at the plate for the Lady Tigers with a double and a single. Sidney Rone and Breanna Blaine finished with a single each.