Florala beats No. 7 PHS girls, 1-0

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Florala Lady Wildcats topped seventh-ranked Pleasant Home Monday night, winning 1-0 on the road.

The match up was a rescheduled game from earlier in the season.

“(Monday night’s) game was a confidence builder that we truly needed and it happened at a good time as we prepare for the area playoffs,” Florala coach Roger Hammonds said. “I believe we should match back up with Pleasant Home during the area tournament.”

Florala would score its only run of the game in the top of the first inning when Heather Hammonds hit Ashley Christian in on a 4-3 out.

Christian reached on a bunt and quickly stole second and third bases to set up the score.

Both team’s defenses held the game tight throughout, especially in the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Lady Wildcats capped the game on a double play.

Pleasant Home had runners on first and third bases when Ashley Copeland hit the ball to short stop Savannah Cassady, who quickly turned a double play to throw Mary Schwartz out at first base to end the game.

“All season I’ve told the girls that they’re capable of playing ball with any team,” Hammonds said. “It was just going to take good fundamental softball and effort from the whole team.

“On the back side, we played a team that’s capable of hitting the ball and that just didn’t happen (Monday night) against (winning pitcher) Ashley Christian,” he said. ” So, we know that we’ve got some more work as we can’t survive off only two hits. But I was truly proud of the girls as all season we’ve faced this three inning monster that has controlled us throughout the season.”

Christian earned the win on the mound and Kendyl McDaniel got the save for the Lady Wildcats.