Lady Bobcats pounce on Lady Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Kaitlyn Schively pounds the strikezone against the Bulldogs.

Kaitlyn Schively pounds the strikezone against the Bulldogs.

The Opp Lady Bobcats (1-0) opened up the 2015 season with a 14-4 victory over the Andalusia Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night in Opp.


The Lady Bulldogs started off the contest with a single from Haley Snider.


Aaliyah Lawrence followed with base hit, and then Courtney Terry was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Millicent Manning.


Manning got a pitch she could handle, and drove in the first run of the ball game with a base hit.


Lady Bobcats’ starting pitcher Anna Harrelson battled back, and got a ground ball from the next better for a force out at the plate.


Harrelson then struck out Zaria Jones to end the Lady Bulldogs’ threat.


In the bottom of the first, Lady Bulldog’s starting pitcher Courtney Terry got the first Lady Bobcat to pop out before walking Courtney Chatum.


With one out, Paige Johnson hit a rocket to the shortstop, who then fired a bullet across the infield to double-up Chatom at first.


Harrelson sat the Lady Bulldogs down in order in the top of the second inning, including another strikeout.


Harrelson led off the bottom of the second with a walk, but was erased on a fielder’s choice one batter later.


Katy Spurlin ripped a base hit to give the Lady Bobcats runners on first and second.


Kaley Taylor followed with a big hit that plated Ariyon Hightower for the Lady Bobcats’ first run of the game.


Spurlin came around to score moments later on passed ball that gave the Lady Bobcats a 2-1 lead.


An error by the Lady Bulldogs on a pop fly from Payton Foster brought around two more Lady Bobcats to plate.


The Lady Bobcats’ next run came off a sacrifice hit from Chatom.


Johnson followed Chatom with an RBI single to put the Lady Bobcats up 6-1 in the bottom of the second inning.


The Lady Bobcats continued to pour on the offense with back-to-back two RBI doubles from Spurlin and Taylor to put the Lady Bobcats up 10-1.


The Lady Bulldogs fought back in the top half of the third inning.


After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Haley Harper came around to score on a passed ball.


Terry reached on single and then came around to score on a passed ball to put the Lady Bulldogs down 10-3 in the third.


The Lady Bobcats plated another run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Chatom.


The Lady Bulldogs loaded the bases with three walks in the fourth inning, but were unable to push anyone across.


The Lady Bulldogs kept the Lady Bobcats off the scoreboard in the home half of the fourth.


The final run of the game for the Lady Bulldogs came on an RBI double from Jasmine Bryant.


Tori Reisnour led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, and was driven in by Ballam.


The Lady Bobcats shut down the Lady Bulldogs in order in the top of the sixth inning.


Back-to-back singles from Harrelson and Hightower put the Lady Bobcats in position to 10-run rule the Lady Bulldogs.


Spurlin advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice hit, and then Abby Cox ended the game with a two-RBI double.


“We either tied or won every inning, but the second and the sixth,” Lady Bulldogs’ coach Anthony Mikel said. “We had chances, and we never quit. We have a very young team. Tonight there were five 9th and 10th graders playing for us. Overall, I was proud of the way they never gave up, but we still have some growing to do. We have some pitchers who are starting to come along. We aren’t there yet, but we will get there.”


The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action Thursday night Kinston.


“The first inning and half we were tight, and we looked bad,” Bobcats’ coach Jimmy Reeves said. “Our defense needs to play better, but we swung the bat well so that was encouraging. We had some really good plays from Hightower at third base. Payton Foster played well behind the plate, and she is our backup catcher.”


The Lady Bobcats will head to Ozark Thursday to take on Carroll.