Lady Bobcats shut out Puckett in 2 games — Bogue Chitto girls win 3-0, 8-0, advance
The playoffs aren’t something new for the Lady Bobcats, having won 10 consecutive first round playoff games. As the Bogue Chitto girls took the field Friday night, their experience showed as they shut out the Puckett Lady Wolves 3-0 to take game one of the best two-out-of-three series.
The Lady Wolves had a hard time solving the problem of Lady Bobcats sophomore pitcher Codi Leggett. Leggett had a nasty change-up that was working all game long, giving up just one hit. After a scoreless first inning, Bogue Chitto took control of the game, scoring the contest’s first run in the second inning. A two-run third inning sealed the deal for the Lady Bobcats.
“My changeup is getting better and better as the season goes on,” Leggett said. “I’m working harder on it to keep the offense off-balance. The defense behind me are working really hard and having my back on everything.”
“Our bats were a little slow, but we’re going to get them back,” Lady Bobcats junior Karly Leake said. “We’ve got to see the ball better and stay disciplined at the plate.”
After two-and-one-half innings of no score, the Lady Bobcats made it onto the scoreboard. Freshman Julianna Frazier led off the bottom half of the second, reaching first on an error. Junior Baileigh Jackson followed, notching a single into shallow right field. Senior Reagan Kirkland scored the game’s first run on her RBI sacrifice before the Lady Wolves were able to get out of the inning.
The Bogue Chitto girls added to their lead in their half of the third inning, bringing two runs across home plate. Junior Karly Leake led off with a single into shallow right field. With one out, Leggett ripped an RBI triple into deep right field. Frazier would bring Leggett home on her RBI single before the Lady Wolves could get out of the inning, getting the next two batters out.
The Lady Bobcats attempted to build onto their lead in the bottom half of the fourth as freshman Alece Nettles hit a one-out single, only to see a double play end the inning.
The Lady Wolves tried to get on the scoreboard in the top half of the fifth inning, with a two-out line drive single into left field, but Leggett stopped the attempt by popping up the next batter to end the inning.
The Lady Bobcats attempted to build their lead in the final frame of the sixth, as seventh-grader Alyssa Leggett notched a one-out line drive single past the Lady Wolves shortstop. The Lady Wolves put an end to the inning, popping up the next two batters.
“Defensively, Codi had a great game on the mound and we made plays behind her,” Lady Bobcats coach Scott Leggett said. “Offensively, we do need to stay a little more disciplined at the plate. We did hit the ball, but I felt like we rushed a few at bats.”
The Lady Bobcats went on to win game one, shutting out the Lady Wolves 3-0.
Leggett picked up the win for the Lady Bobcats going all seven innings, while allowing only one hit and no runs while picking up six strike outs.
Leggett led the Lady Bobcats with a triple and a RBI. Frazier hit a single and an RBI. Leake notched a single. Jackson had two singles. Freshman Alece Nettles had a single. Alyssa Legget notched a single. Kirkland finished for the Lady Bobcats with an RBI.
Lady Bobcats shut out Lady Wolves 8-0
The Lady Bobcats shut out the Lady Wolves 8-0 on Saturday, completing the sweep and advancing to round two of the 2A playoffs.
For the second day in a row, the Puckett Lady Wolves were unable to figure out Lady Bobcats sophomore pitcher Codi Leggett, as Leggett once again allowed the Lady Wolves only one hit all game long.
After three straight innings with no score, the Lady Bobcats struck first, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth. They would add onto their lead in the fifth scoring two runs and putting the game away in their half of the sixth, bringing three runs home.
Dominating the circle for the second day in a row, Leggett picked up the win, going all seven innings, while allowing one hit and no runs while picking up eight strike outs.
Lady Bobcats senior Reagan Kirkland led the team in game two with a triple, single and three RBIs. Sophomore Stevie Montgomery had a triple, single and one RBI. Freshman Kayci Beth Wallace notched a triple and two RBIs. Freshman Alece Nettles had a single and an RBI. Junior Karly Leake had two singles. Leggett had a single. Freshman Julianna Frazier also notched a single. Junior Baileigh Jackson finished the hitting for the Lady Bobcats with a single.
Bogue Chitto Lady Bobcats coach Scott Leggett said his team did a great job Saturday.
“We hit the ball better, especially late in the game,” he said. “We did a good job with our bunting game. Codi pitched another great game, her second consecutive one hit shutout. Next round we have to face St. Patrick. They are a great team, but we have played some great teams this year. We just need to focus on playing routine, fundamental softball.”
Bogue Chitto will host the St. Patrick Lady Irish Tuesday with a start time of 5:30 p.m.
They will be on the road Thursday as they travel to Biloxi for game two and if needed game three.
Story by Dave Linton
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