Opp’s Courtney Chatham keeps warm during game two of the Lady Bobcats’ pool play action Thursday night at Pleasant Home’s annual softball tournament. |                                                                                                                                                              Andrew Garner/Star-News
Opp’s Courtney Chatham keeps warm during game two of the Lady Bobcats’ pool play action Thursday night at Pleasant Home’s annual softball tournament. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

KEEPING WARM

Published 12:03am Friday, April 19, 2013

Opp wins 2 behind solid pitching Thursday night

Opp beat Florala and Straughn in first-day action of Pleasant Home’s annual softball tournament Thursday night.

The Lady Bobcats got off to a good start in game one of pool play with a 10-0 win over the Lady Wildcats in four innings, and then topped the Lady Tigers 9-2 in the last game of the night.

OHS enters tomorrow’s single elimination bracket play as the No. 1 seed from Pool A.

“We played a lot better,” OHS coach Jimmy Reeves said. “We played well both games. We hit the ball. We had a zero the first game. That’s what we’re after each game, trying to shut somebody out each game.”

Opp’s Katlynn Schively pitched a complete game in the Lady Bobcats’ win over FHS.

Courtney Chatham allowed two runs on one hit to earn the win in the second game over Straughn.

Chatham, who had two RBI doubles, pushed the Lady Bobcats ahead 3-1 in the top of the fourth on her first double.

OHS followed that inning with a four-run fifth on four hits that came from Chatham, Anna Harrelson, Paige Johnson and Savannah Gerber.

“We really didn’t really start hitting the game until late in that game right there,” Reeves said.

Straughn got on board in the bottom of the first with an RBI double from Payton Mitchell.

The Lady Tigers tacked on their second run in the fifth inning on a flyout.

In game one for SHS, the Lady Tigers trailed 2-1 to Florala until the top of the fifth when catcher Katelyn Kinsaul hit an RBI single to tie the game at 2-all.

Mitchell hit a fly ball to left and on an error Straughn’s Paige Taylor scored the game-winning run.

SHS coach Trent Taylor said attacking the ball is a must in games like these.

“We really didn’t, in either game, attack the ball like I’d like to see us do,” Taylor said. “We were a little lithargic at the plate. In both games, we made some plays, and we had some that let get by us.

“Opp hits the ball, we know that. We got to get a little better,” he said.

Brentley Armstrong threw a four-hitter in Straughn’s win over Florala.

Florala coach Pat Maddox said the girls got “shook” in their first game against OHS last night.

“We didn’t hit the ball very well,” he said. “We played better defensively in the second game, and hit the ball. It was just nip and tuck all the way. Straughn’s got a good little team, and somebody’s got to win and somebody’s got to lose.”

If the weather holds up and Pool B gets to fit in its games today, then Opp will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday to start single-elimination bracket play. Straughn plays at 11 a.m., and Florala at 9:30 a.m.

The Star-News will update its readers on any changes, as far as, Saturday’s play of the tournament is concerned.

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