Lady Wildcats holding on

Published 12:20 am Saturday, May 14, 2011

Florala head softball coach Jonathan Stinson (center) calls a meeting at the mound during the first game against Pleasant Home.

GULF SHORES — Florala bounced back from a 12-0 game one loss to Pleasant Home, and beat Georgiana 15-0 in three innings to stay alive in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A South Regional Softball Tournament at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex Friday.

“We didn’t show up for Pleasant Home, obviously,” FHS head softball coach Jonathan Stinson said. “We kicked the ball around just like normal. There’s no excuse, really.

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“They weren’t there,” he said. “All of the mental toughness drills we did all week just didn’t show in that first game.”

Florala will play Sweet Water today at 8 a.m. in the second game of the loser’s bracket.

The Lady Wildcats scored 12 runs in the first inning against Georgiana, two runs in the second inning and two runs in the third inning in the win over the Lady Panthers.

Kendall McDaniel, Alma Caffy and Paige Irwin scored three runs each; Savannah Cassady, Hilary Thames, Kelsey Bradley, Jessica Liney, Katelyn Cassady and Bailea Rickett scored one run each for the Lady Wildcats.

Starting one game for Florala was history in the making, and the Lady Wildcats’ win over Georgiana signified the school’s first win in the post season for the softball program.

“It’s good to get a win,” Stinson said. “We didn’t come down here to lose two games. We‘d like to get a couple more (today), and see what happens.

“That (win) helped the confidence a litle bit,” he said. “Maybe we can show up and surprise somebody a little bit (today).”