Lady Cats Softball 4, Texas High 3
The Lady Cats’ softball team won the district championship Friday night, April 19, when they hung on to eke by Texas High, 4-3 in Texarkana and then learned that Royse City had upset Mount Pleasant in Mount Pleasant, 4-3.
The Lady Cats just held off the Lady Tigers in a tense bottom of the seventh on Senior Night for Texas High in Texarkana. With the Lady Cats clinging to a 4-3 lead, the Lady Tigers loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Texas High then hit a fly ball to right field that was caught by Lady Cats right fielder Alli Fite to end the game.
The tight game featured several lead changes. Texas High opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the third inning to lead 1-0. The Lady Cats scored two runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead, 2-1. Nylah Lindley walked, stole second and then scored on a Lady Tiger throwing error. Fite got on on the error. Later, she was driven home by an RBI single from Kate Womack. Texas High scored two runs in their half of the fifth to go back up 3-2.
The Lady Cats went back ahead for good with two runs in the top of the sixth. With two outs in the inning, the Lady Cats got four straight singles to go ahead. Pinch hitter Addison Caddell started the rally with a single. A Lindley single put runners at second and first. Kelsey Wallace singled in Maddie Millsap who came in to run for Caddell. Fite’s single scored Lindley with what would turn out to be the winning run.
Womack was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Fite was 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Wallace was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Caddell was 1 for 1. Lindley was 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored. Landry Bell was 1 for 3. Sadie Stroud was 1 for 2. Bailey Haggerty got the pitching win throwing seven innings allowing nine hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Lady Cats will be the top district seed in the playoffs with their district winning 8-2 district mark. Their season record is 22-6. The Lady Cats will play Whitehouse in a bi-district series next week, with details to be determined.