Bad day ends Lady 'Cats season

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By Brody Jones

The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats picked a bad time to have an off-day as Matt Headden’s squad suffered a pair of losses that ended their season Wednesday in the District 4-A Tournament.

The first loss wasn’t a surprise as regular season champion Coalfield handed the Bobcats a 5-1 setback.

The second loss, however, was a major surprise as Oneida downed the Lady ‘Cats, 9-5. Oliver Springs had defeated Oneida three times on the year including an 11-1 victory just 24 hours earlier.

Oliver Springs vs. Coalfield 

Despite out-hitting the Lady Jackets 7-5, the Lady Bobcats dropped a 5-1 decision to the Yellow Jackets Wednesday afternoon. 

After Oliver Springs went three -up and three-down to start the game, Coalfield scored on a two-run Andrea Foster double to take an early 2-0 lead. 

Both teams stayed at a 2-0 stalemate until the bottom of the fourth inning when Megan Steelman had an RBI triple to make the score 3-0. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Coalfield took a 5-0 when two base-runners stole home. 

Oliver Springs made the score 5-1 on a Kaylee Morgan RBI single but that was as close as the Bobcats would get as they fell 5-1 to the Jackets. 

Down the stretch, Oliver Springs left five base runners stranded compared to two for the Lady Jackets.

Coalfield was led by Keisha Barry (1-3, 3B), Megan Steelman (1-3, 3B, 1 RBI), Andrea Foster (1-3, 2B, 2 RBIs), Lindsay Fadnek (1-3, 2B), and Keira Keathley (1-3). 

Fadnek (CG, 13 Ks, 0 walks, 7 hits) got the win. 

Oliver Springs was led by Kayla Crisp (2-3) while Kayla Aloisi (CG, 6 Ks, 3 walks, 5 hits) was tallied with the loss.

Oliver Springs vs. Oneida 

Stunning was the only word to describe the 9-5 loss by the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats to the Oneida Lady Indians Wednesday evening.

Oneida started the game off with a RBI double by Ali Love to make the score 1-0. 

Oliver Springs had chances in the first two innings as they left one runner on base in the first inning and they would leave the bases loaded at the end of the second.

Oneida then added to their lead in the top of the third inning with an Alex Bond single that made the score 2-0, but the Lady 'Cats whittled the deficit to 2-1 when Kayla Crisp stole home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame. 

The next two innings were when everything started to unravel for the Lady 'Cats as Oneida scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to make the score 9-1. 

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Oliver Springs had one last gasp scoring three runs, one coming off a Cheltzie Sheldon double and two runs coming off of Oneida errors to make the score 9-4. 

The Lady 'Cats had one last shot, but the bats just couldn't come to life as the Lady Indians end Oliver Springs' season with a 9-4 win. 

Reed (2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI), Alex Bond (2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI), Ali Love (2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI) and Micah Stephens (2-4, 2 2B) led the Lady Indians in hitting.

Haley Neal (CG, 3 Ks, 5 walks, 4 hits) got the win. 

 Oliver Springs was led at the plate by Cheltzie Sheldon (2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI).