Lady Bobcats co-champions in Dothan tournament

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After losing their opening game on a walk-off home run to Northview, the Opp Lady Bobcats found new life to win close games over Auburn and GW Long to claim a share of the Dothan Invitational Tournament championship.


The 17-team tourney ended in rain with Opp and Dothan tied at 2-2 in the 6th inning.


Opp used some timely hitting from Courtney Chathom, Anna Harrelson and Ariyon Hightower to take a 2-0 lead into the 6th before allowing Dothan to tie the game on two Bobcat errors.


Chathom and Morgan Pierce scored runs for Opp and Anna Harrelson scattered 3 hits to limit Dothan’s attack.


Opp whipped Auburn earlier in the day by a score of 6-4.


Coming back from a 4-2 deficit, the Lady Bobcats were led by seniors Tori Morgan, Chathom and Tori Reisnour.


Anna Harrelson gave up only 3 hits and struck out 4 to run her record to 6-1.


Opp’s next game was a pitching duel between Chathom and GW Long’s Olivia Baker.


Chathom was brilliant in the shutout, giving up 3 hits and striking out 5.


The Bobcat hitters broke through in the fourth inning when freshman Hightower lined a single to left field to score Reisnour and Harrelson.


Chathom led the Opp attack with two hits.


In the junior varisity tournament, the Lady Bobcats beat Headland, Zion Chapel, Ashford and Rehobeth to advance to the championship before the rains came.


The junior varsity Bobcats were led by a strong pitching from Gracie Kidd, Grace Ann Spears and Cassady Adams.


The offensive attack came from a barrage of hitters.


Maggie Short and Bailey Boyd led the Opp hitters.


“We had a great day,” Lady Bobcats’ head coach Jimmy Reeves said. “The girls are exhausted but we had a ball. There were 29 teams here, mostly large schools with great programs. Opp was co-champs in Varsity AND JV. We were the only school to accomplish that so I am very proud of our girls. It’s great to see our kids coming through in clutch situations. We are getting hits when we need them. We are playing only fair defensively, but our pitching and catching has been great so they are keeping us in games. There are several injured players that we hope to get back soon but the girls that are playing are taking up the slack.”