Lady Cats stop Midway late push

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Tired Midway Lady Waves took the Oliver Springs Lady Cats seven innings before losing 8-5 in the opening round of the district softball tournament Monday in Coalfield.

Midway was coming out of an 11-1 play-in victory against Sunbright just 30 minutes before the start of this game.

The Lady Waves were visibly tired.

The Lady Cats didn’t waste any time in getting things going.

After loading the bases in the bottom of the first inning, Mabel Johnson grounded into a fielder’s choice, but scored Ella Hampton to make the score 1-0.

Midway pitcher Aubrie May and her defense was able to slow the Oliver Springs offense and get out of the inning without any other damage done.

The Lady Waves was able to counter with a run in the next frame.

Lauren Bornhoeft scored on an Emma Hill single to knot the score.

The tie wouldn’t last.

In the bottom of the second the Lady Cats scored four runs thanks to a combination of hitting and taking advantage of Midway miscues.

Shelby Hileman, Breanna Broadus, Faith McKee and Haley McKinney all crossed the plate at some point in the stanza to gain a 5-1 lead for Oliver Springs.

The Lady Cats added two more runs for good measure in the bottom of the third to make the score 7-1.

Fortunes improved for the Lady Waves in the fourth.

Young came home thanks to a single by Rebecca Lemasters.

Kadie Lewis followed with a hit to third base and after the third baseman bobbled the ball for an error, Lewis was safe on first while Lemaster crossed the plate on the play.

With the score sitting at 7-3 in Oliver Springs’ favor, things settled down for a bit.

The Lady Cats held on to the lead while Midway continued to chop away at it.

As some insurance, Hampton doubled home Broadus in the fifth frame to make the score 8-3.

It stood until the bottom of the seventh.

With Caitlyn Ross, Anna Bosnak, and May loading the bases along with one out, the pressure was on OS reliever Sannah Ray.

Lemasters reached safely thanks to an error in the field, scoring Bosnak and May to make the score 8-5.

With two runners on the corners and the tying run at the plate, the Lady Waves pulled a trick out of the bag.

A double steal was attempted with Young going home and Lemasters to second.

Young was caught and tagged by catcher Hampton for out number two.

Lemasters was successful in her theft, but in a bid to take advantage of the Lady Cats celebrating the play at home, the senior Midway runner pressed her luck and headed to third.

Hampton gunned the ball to Mabel Johnson for the third out of the game.