Lady Bobcats win 5 straight, claim Ariton tourney title

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Opp’s Lady Bobcats won the Ariton Invitational Softball Tournament on Saturday. They are shown here with their trophy. | Courtesy photo

Opp’s Lady Bobcats beat Ariton 4-3 on Saturday to claim the Ariton Invitational Softball Tournament title.

The Lady Bobcats won the tournament by winning five straight games, which included the championship over AHS.

On its way to the finals, OHS beat Houston Academy 5-4; beat area foe Geneva 1-0 in a defensive battle in the second game; beat G.W. Long 5-3 in the third game; and again defeated Geneva 4-2 in the elimination game.

With this tournament victory, the Lady Bobcats are now 21-7 on the season, and will host Luverne in area action today.

Opp 5, Houston Academy 4

Opp’s Courtney Chatom scattered four hits and had three strikeouts to lead the Lady Bobcats to the win.

Savannah Gerber and Chatom hit singles in the first inning and scored on Erica Ladson’s two-run single to give the Lady Bobcats a 2-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Tori Reisnour hit Beth Anne Spurlin and Anna Harrelson in to make it 4-0, and then Cayla Hughes singled to score Reisnour to put the Lady Bobcats up 5-0.

Houston Academy put up four runs in the final inning before Chatom struck out the last hitter with the tying run on second base.

Opp 1, Geneva 0

Opp’s Kourtney Bradley gave up one hit and struck out two to give the Lady Panthers their first loss of the season.

Page Johnson drove Gerber home in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Opp its one tick on the board.

Opp 5, G.W. Long 3

Harrelson, Bradley and Chatom combined to pitch a two-hitter to lead OHS to the win.

The Lady Bobcats scored two runs in the second on an RBI single from Laiken Free, and then singles by Kelly Pierce and Reisnour.

OHS scored three runs in the third inning to build a 5-0 lead. Spurlin, Ladson and Harrelson scored on hits by Reisnour and Gerber.

Reisnour went 2-for-2 to lead OHS.

Opp 4, Geneva 2

Harrelson threw a two-hitter and Gerber, Chatom, Spurlin, Ladson and Pierce led the Lady Bobcats behind the plate.

Harrelson allowed no earned runs and only five base runners to help put the Lady Bobcats in the title game.

Opp 4, Ariton 3 (championship game)

The Lady Bobcats came from behind for the first time all day after the Lady Purple Cats hit a solo homer in the first inning.

Opp answered in the second when Harrelson, Pierce and Johnson scored on a double-steal and consecutive singles to give the Lady Bobcats a 3-1 lead.

Chatom singled in the third and Spurlin hit her in to increase the Lady Bobcats’ lead to 4-1.

Chatom gave up two runs, but scattered six hits and struck out three to get the win.