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Lady ’Cats win district championship

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

 

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The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats captured the District 4-A regular season championship Tuesday evening with an impressive 19-2 victory over Coalfield.

The Lady ’Cats claimed a share of the title 24 hours with a 5-1 victory over the Lady Jackets.

“It’s very nice,” Lady ’Cat head coach Matt Headden said of winning the district title. “The girls came out and did what we’ve asked them to do.”

Oliver Springs improved to 20-3 overall on the season and 11-0 in district play with the victory. The Lady ’Cats finished the regular season Wednesday against Oneida and will next play in the District 4-A Tournament on Monday.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Headden said. “We can’t lose focus now.”

Monday’s Game

Lady ’Cat ace right-hander Courtney Jones didn’t give the Lady Jackets many opportunities to score on the evening. Coalfield had doubles in the second and sixth innings along with a batter being hit by a pitch in the fourth, but none of the trio came around to score. The Lady Jackets finally broke through with in a run in the top of the seventh inning thanks to a pair of singles.

Oliver Springs took the lead for good Monday with a run in the bottom of the first inning.

Emily Griffith walked and scored the run on a double from Jones.

The Lady ’Cats made it 5-0 with four runs the following inning.

Tiffany Roberts opened the inning with a double and she scored after a bunt single from Taylor Roy. A pitch then hit Emily Griffith and Chelsey Roy walked before back-to-back doubles from Jones and Hope Jenkins gave Oliver Springs a five-run lead.

Oliver Springs had several other chances to score, but couldn’t put any other runs on the board.

Roberts doubled in the third inning while Jones walked and Jenkins singled in the fourth, but all three were left stranded.

The fourth and fifth innings were more frustrating as the Lady ’Cats put three runners on base in each inning but could not score. Sarah Channell (walk), Breanna Phillips (walk) and Roberts (single) reached safely in the fifth while Chelsey Roy (walk), Jones (single) and Rachel Griffith (walk) loaded the bases in the sixth.

Jones (3-3, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs, 1 run), Jenkins (2-4, 2B, 1 RBI) and Roberts (3-3, 2 2Bs, 1 run) all had multiple hits for Oliver Springs while Jones (CG, 4 hits, 14 Ks) was the winning pitcher.

Tuesday’s Game

Although the Lady ’Cats won by 17 runs, the game was tied at 1-1 after three innings of play. Oliver Springs, however, caught fire scoring 18 runs in the final four innings of play.

Oliver Springs’ first run came quickly as leadoff hitter Emily Griffith lined a solo home run over the fence in left field.

The score remained tied until Coalfield tied the score in the bottom of the third inning with a run on two hits.

Being tied after three innings must have angered the Lady ’Cats as they dominated the rest of the game.

Oliver Springs took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Rachel Griffith and Phillips scored the runs with Roberts picking up an RBI.

The Lady ’Cats made it 8-1 with five runs in the fifth.

Roy, Jones, Jenkins, Channell, Phillips, Jessie Coker and Emily Griffith all had hits in the inning with a two-run double from Jenkins being the big blow of the inning.

Jones doubled and scored again in the sixth inning off a single from Rachel Griffith. Griffith scored on a single from Channell to make the score 10-1.

The seventh inning would be a nightmare for Coalfield as Oliver Springs sent 14 hitters to the plate with nine coming around to score.

Emily Griffith (2-4, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 runs), Jones (4-5, 2B, 3 runs), Jenkins (3-5, 2B, 4 RBIs, 2 runs), Rachel Griffith (3-6, 2B, 2 RBIs, 3 runs), Channell (3-5, 4 RBIs, 2 runs), Phillips (2-4, 2B, 3 runs) and Roberts (3-4, 3 RBIs, 1 run) all had multiple hits in the Lady ’Cats’ 22-hit attack on the evening.

Jones (CG, 5 hits, 5 Ks) picked up the win in the circle.