Lady Bobcats win tourneyPublished 12:02am Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Freshman pitcher allows no runs in more than 15 innings
Opp freshman Katlynn Schively pitched more than 15 innings while giving up no runs to help lead the Lady Bobcats to win the Andalusia High School Softball Tournament on Saturday at the Dwight Mikel Sports Complex.
Schively earned the win in Opp’s first, third and fourth games of the day.
The Lady Bobcats beat Pleasant Home 10-0 in the championship game, where the ace pitcher threw a four-hitter and had no walks in six innings.
“Not bad for a freshman,” Opp softball coach Jimmy Reeves said about Schively. “Our bats cranked up as the tournament went on.”
In fact, the Lady Bobcats had 49 hits in their four games.
“We beat a very good Pleasant Home team twice,” Reeves said. “They were banged up with injuries, but we played well and that’s all we should be concerned with. I was very proud of the effort.”
In its second game of the day, Opp beat Pleasant Home 7-5 to earn the No. 1 seed out of pool play.
Courtney Chatom earned the win on the mound throwing a four-hitter. She gave up five runs and walked two. Schively got the save in two innings of work.
Laiken Free went 2-for-2; Tori Reisnour went 2-for-3 and scored two runs; and Paige Johnson went 2-for-3.
Opp beat Trinity 8-2 in the semifinals (game three) to earn the championship game berth.
Schively allowed no runs on one hit and walked one batter against Trinity. She struck out four.
Chatom, Free and Katy Spurlin had two hits each.
In the championship game, Reisnour went 4-for-4; and Chatom went 2-for-3. Free and Octavia Thompson had two hits each.
“We played great defense over the whole tournament and had great pitching,” Reeves said. “Our outfield did a great job.”
In Opp’s first game, the Lady Bobcats beat Pike County 14-1 in a rout.
Schively threw a no-hitter, struck out five and walked one in five innings.
Cayla Hughes hit a grand slam and a single to lead the Lady Bobcats in the tournament opener.
Pleasant Home — the only Class 1A school in the tournament — beat Pike County 17-2 in its first game of the day.
Brianna Dozier hit a solo home run and Ashley Copeland hit a grand slam in the 15-run win.
In the 7-5 second-game loss to Opp, Lady Eagles coach Bradley Stephens said time just ran out in pool play action.
After the loss to OHS, PHS beat Andalusia 11-4 to start bracket play.
To get to the championship, the Lady Eagles went extra innings in their semifinal game against Straughn. PHS won 9-8 in eight innings.
“They gave it their all,” Stephens said about the girls. “There at the end though, we were just running out of gas.”
Throughout the tournament, Pleasant Home had four of its starter out due to injury, Stephens said.
“They were pretty wore out by the championship game,” he said. “Abby Walker really stepped up and pitched well. Ashley pitched superb. They all played really well.”
Andalusia finished 1-2 in the tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs’ only win was an 8-4 contest over rival Straughn.
Andalusia lost 7-4 in the opening game to Trinity.
AHS coach Brad Garner said two innings in each game were the difference in the tournament.
In the 7-4 loss to Trinity, Andalusia gave up four unearned runs while committing three errors in the second inning.
“They were a good ball team,” Garner said about Trinity. “They put the ball in play and made us make some plays.”
Garner said the Straughn game was his team’s most complete this season.
“We executed on the bases real well,” he said. “We moved runners over when we needed to. We did a good job of running the bases and moving scorers in scoring position. All of our runs came in the first two innings.”
Straughn started its tournament run with a big 9-1 win over Trinity.
The Lady Tigers build a solid 8-0 lead in the first inning to take control of the game early.
“It was a good tournament and we played well at times,” SHS coach Trent Taylor said. “They always do a good job with this tournament. It was a lot of fun for our girls.”
Taylor said the first week of the season suited the girls well.
The Lady Tigers had games on Monday and Thursday before the tournament on Saturday.
“Now we’re going to get rolling if the rain ever leaves us along,” Taylor said.