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Bogue Chitto shuts out Salem 5-0

The Bogue Chitto Lady Bobcats won a shutout game at home Monday, night putting down Salem’s Lady Wildcats 6-0.

Salem was  unable to figure out Lady Bobcats sophomore pitcher Codi Leggett, only reaching the bases a couple of times the whole game. The Bogue Chitto girls scored first and never looked back and, already holding a comfortable 3-0 lead, put the game away with two more runs in the sixth inning.

“I think we should’ve hit the ball better,” said Bogue Chitto freshman Julianna Frazier. “We played good defense. We’ve just got to keep working and hit.”

The Lady Wildcats reached base first as senior Chasity Hightower led off with a single, and later worked her way to third. Behind her defense, Leggett was able to strand Hightower on third base.

The Lady Bobcats got two runners on in their half of the first. Frazier hit safely with a single. Leggett reached base on an error by the Lady Wildcats. Even so, the Salem girls were able to get out of the inning without letting a runner cross home plate.

Batting in the second, the Lady Bobcats scored the first two runs of the game. Senior Reagan Kirkland led off with a single. Freshman Kayci Beth Wallace reached safety with a single. Seventh-grader Alyssa Leggett brought the first run in on an RBI sacrifice. Sophomore Payton Barron brought the second run across with an RBI sacrifice of her own.

The Bogue Chitto girls threatened to add to their lead in the bottom half of the third. Frazier led off with a single. Leggett followed with a single of her own. The Lady Wildcats prevented the Lady Bobcats from scoring, however, getting the next three batters out.

Although both teams managed to get a runner on base in the fourth, the score remained 2-0 in the Lady Bobcats’ favor.

The Lady Wildcats looked to make some noise in the fifth inning, and finally get on the board, but mental mistakes on base running cost them.

The Bogue Chitto girls added one run in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Leggett started things off with a single. Junior Baileigh Jackson followed with a walk. Kirkland was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. The Lady Bobcats scored one run as Alyssa Leggett drew a walk. The Lady Wildcats managed to end the inning on a popup.

The Salem girls attempted a rally in the sixth. With two outs, senior Hope Thomas hit a single. Senior Hanna Rushing followed with a double. The Lady Bobcats ended the scoring threat getting an inning-ending strike out.

The Bogue Chitto girls added the final two runs in the final frame of the sixth. Sophomore Stevie Montgomery hit a one-out single. Frazier followed with an RBI triple. Jackson brought in the final run of the game on an RBI single, giving the Lady Bobcats a 6-0 victory.

“We feel like we do need to square it up more,” said Lady Bobcats coach Scott Leggett. “When the opportunities presents themselves, we’ve got to drive in more runs. Defensively we played well. Codi pitched a great game and we played solid defense behind her. We’ve just got to score more runs.”

Codi Leggett pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and no runs to pick up the win for the Lady Bobcats.

Frazier led the Lady Bobcats with two singles, a double and an RBI. Leggett had two singles. Barron had single and an RBI. Jackson had a single and an RBI as well. Kirkland hit a single. Wallace hit a single. Alyssa Leggett finished with two RBIs.

Rushing led the Lady Wildcats with a double and a single. Hightower, senior Sara Bossier and Thomas each hit a single.

Bogue Chitto (10-5-1, 1-2 in Region 7-2A) will host West Lincoln Thursday.

Story by Dave Linton