The Whiteoak High School Lady ‘Cats softball team started their tournament run on a high note Monday night with a 10-2 win over Glenwood.
The Glenwood girls threatened early, loading the bases in the very first inning with no outs. The Lady Wildcats turned on their defense however, striking out a batter, getting a force out at the plate on a grounder to third base, and then capping off the inning with a force out at third base on another grounder to stop the threat. They were unable to get a run in their half of the first inning although they were able to get a runner to third base before the inning ended.
The Lady ‘Cats got themselves on the scoreboard in the second inning after holding their opponents scoreless in the top of the inning. They brought home two runs to take a 2-0 lead.
Glenwood struck back for two in the top of the third to tie the score 2-2. Those were their only runs of the game.
Things were quiet in the bottom of the third for the Whiteoak girls but they rattled off two runs in the fourth, and three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Their defense kept the Glenwood team quiet the remainder of the game and they walked out of the park with a 10-2 win and on to the next round of the tournament.
“The girls came out ready to play,” said Lady ‘Cats Head Coach Trisha Hauke after the game. “I couldn’t have really asked much more out of them today. They have been putting things together and playing well the past couple weeks and at a perfect time. I feel like we have a couple weeks left in our season.”
Courtney Gross led the team at the plate on Monday night with a 3-for-5 effort and scored once. Jaycie Parr was 1-for-2 with a double and scored three times. She reached base four of her five times to the plate with a double, hit-by-pitch and two walks.
The Lady ‘Cats will now travel to Clay on Thursday, May 12 to play the no. two seed Clay (19-3). That game will start at 5 p.m.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.