The Lady Cats’ softball team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as they rallied to squeeze by Marshall, 3-2 on the road Thursday evening.
Marshall scored two runs on a couple of hits in the bottom of the first inning and it appeared those two runs might stand up. Marshall freshman pitcher Adriana Vences shut down the Lady Cats over the first five innings.
The Lady Cats got to within 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Kelsey Wallace singled, went to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a Sadie Stroud single. In the Lady Cats final at bat in the seventh inning, they scored the tying and leading run. The Lady Cats rally began with a Marshall error as Macee Hollins got on on a dropped pop up. Allie Fite singled. Alyssa Abron drove home both runners with a single.
Bailey Haggerty kept Marshall off the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh and the Lady Cats improved to 4-0 in district play. Haggerty got the pitching win and pitched another strong game for the Lady Cats. She struck out 11 Lady Mavs and allowed only 4 hits and 2 runs over seven innings.
Lady Cats Coach David Carrillo called the game a real pitchers duel. The Lady Cats had 6 hits and Marshall had 4. The Lady Cats made no errors and the Lady Mavs had 3. Fite had two hits in the game for the Lady Cats and Brinklee Driver hit a double.
The Lady Cats are in first place in district at 4-0. Mount Pleasant is right behind at 3-0. Texas High is 2-1, Hallsville is 2-2, Greenville is 0-3 and Pine Tree is 0-4. The Lady Cats improved their season record to 17-4. The Lady Cats will host Texas High Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Lady Cat Park.