Ole Brook Panthers beat West Lincoln Bears 12-2

Published 11:20 am Friday, September 16, 2016

Photo by Teresa Allred /Sara Jane Doty slides safely into second base during the Bears’ game against the Brookhaven Panthers Thursday.

Photo by Teresa Allred /Sara Jane Doty slides safely into second base during the Bears’ game against the Brookhaven Panthers Thursday.

It took the Ole Brook Panthers slow-pitch softball team a little while to get going in their home game against the West Lincoln Bears Thursday night.

However, their bats woke up in the third inning and Brookhaven (9-4) defeated the Bears 12-2.

“Proud of the girls. We hit the ball well and we were able to go behind runners when needed to. It was a big win for us,” Lady Panthers coach Mandy Vinson said.

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The Panthers had trouble fielding the ball in the early portions of the contest. A missed throw to first base allowed the Bears to score the game’s first run.

They corrected their errors though, and were able to throw out West Lincoln’s Kelsey Freeman as she tried to stretch a single into a double. The Bears brought in their second run in the process to put the score at 2-0.

In the bottom of the first, Ole Brook’s Cheyenne Motley led things off with a single. Kat Wallace followed with a one-run triple to cut the Bears’ lead in half.

Macy Ziskin kept things going with a single to score Wallace and tie the game at two. The Bears’ defense ended the threat before the Panthers could take the lead.

With two outs in the second inning, the Bears loaded the bases but were prevented from capitalizing thanks to a solid defensive stand by the Panthers. In the top of the third the Lady Bears would once again threaten to score but another solid defensive stand from the Lady Panthers prevented them from doing so.

The Panthers’ offense came to life in the bottom of the third. Jada Henderson hit a double to drive in a run and the Panthers would score again on a late throw to home plate. Then, Meg Foster hit a two-run homerun to push the Lady Panthers’ lead to 6-2.

The Panthers increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth as errors from the Bears’ defense allowed four runs to cross the plate. In the bottom of the fifth, the Panthers’ Kayla Henderson hit a leadoff homerun. Britney Hill followed with a single, pushing the final score of the game across the plate.

Motley picked up the win, while Makennah Redd took the loss on the mound for the Bears.

“We started off good but couldn’t keep the momentum. Errors took us out of the game. I’m proud of the girls for playing hard and for the way they kept trying,” Bears coach Andrew Redd said.

In junior varsity action, the girls played a close game with West Lincoln picking up the win 7-5. The Panthers will host a tournament this Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. West Lincoln will head to a tournament in Wesson.

Bogue Chitto beats Stringer

The Bobcats beat the Red Devils on the road 16-4 to improve to 7-4 overall on the year. Bogue Chitto put up six runs in the first two innings to jump out to an early lead it would not relinquish.

“We hit the ball extremely well tonight and it was a great district win,” head coach Scott Leggett said.

Stevie Montgomery got the win while the Red Devils’ Jamie Parker took the loss. Karly Leake had two triples and a single on the night. Codi Leggett and Montgomery added a triple and two singles.

Terrah Nelson posted two singles and a double, Cherie Savoie had two doubles and Lineka Newson doubled.

Baileigh Jackson and Kylie Chapman had one single each. The Bobcats will be one of four teams at the Ole Brook tournament Saturday.

Wesson wins big

The Cobras defeated Crystal Springs 23-2. Shelbi Maxwell went 4-4 on the night with three singles and one double. Riley Smith was also perfect on the night and hit two singles and a double.

Nikki Guess hit a single and double, with Catherine Wilson and Brooke Jones hitting a homer in the victory. Sabria Green, Anna Claire Crow and Aurianna Vaughn added two singles each. Amber Brinson and Harmoni Ashley had singles.

The Cobras will host a tournament Saturday. The time is yet to be announced.