Lady Bulldogs down Bobcats
Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 17, 2018
The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs shut out the Opp Lady Bobcats for a 3-0 extra-inning victory on Thursday in Opp.
Opp’s Cassadi Adams started the game strong in the pitcher’s circle as she struck out the first two batters she faced and got the third to pop out.
Sydney Arnett was also sharp in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Bulldogs as she sat the Lady Bobcats down in order in the bottom of the first inning.
In the top of the second inning, Adams got the first batter to pop out and then struck out the next two batters.
Not to be out done, Arnett came on strong in the bottom of the second inning and struck out the side.
The pitching duel continued into the top of the third inning with Adams striking out the side in order.
It quickly became apparent that runs would be at a premium in the contest as Arnett again struck out the side in the bottom of the third inning.
Adams struck out the first batter in the top of the fourth inning before a walk to Olivia Amerson put the first runner on the base paths.
Adams worked around the walk by getting the next two batters to pop out.
Arnett wasn’t able to get a strikeout in the bottom of the fourth inning, but still retired the Lady Bobcats in order.
The pitching duel continued into the fifth inning as Adams retired the Lady Bulldogs in order.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Ariyon Hightower broke up Arnett’s perfect game attempt with a lead off single to left field.
Arnett didn’t let it phase her as she picked up two strikeouts and a foul tip out to end the inning with Hightower still on first.
In the top of the sixth inning, Sydney Ray broke up Adams’s no-hit bid with a lead off single to center field.
Ray moved to second on a passed ball and the over to third on a sacrifice bunt from Zaria Jones.
The next batter had a hard-hit ball to Hightower at shortstop as Ray broke for home.
Hightower fired to the plate where Maggie Short applied the tag for the second out of the inning.
Adams then got a pop out to end the Lady Bulldogs’ half of the sixth inning.
Arnett continued to deal from the pitcher’s circle as she picked up two more strikeouts in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, Adams struck out the first batter before a single from Arnett and hit batter put the Lady Bulldogs in prime position.
Adams worked around the trouble with a pop out and strikeout to end the threat at keep the game scoreless.
The Lady Bobcats put themselves in a good position as Graceanne Spears doubled to start the bottom of the seventh inning.
This time it was Arnett who worked around trouble with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to send the game into extra innings.
Adams continued in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Bobcats in the top of the eighth inning, and retired the Lady Bulldogs in order.
Arnett once again matched her counterpart as she retired the Lady Bobcats in order in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Playing with international tiebreaker rules, the last batter from the previous inning is placed on second base to start the inning.
With Amerson starting on second, Millie Manring singled to right field to move Amerson over to third base.
Reagen Clarke then drove in Amerson with a fielder’s choice.
Arnett followed with a double to make the score 2-0.
Alana Nettles came through with a two-out single to put the Lady Bulldogs up 3-0.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Lady Bobcats lined into a double play to start the inning and then a foul-tip out ended the game.
Arnett led the way at the plate and the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Bulldogs.
At the plate, Arnett finished the game 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run.
Arnett picked up the win with a complete-game shutout, struck out a career-high 16 batters and allowed just two hits.
Adams was hit with the loss, but struck out 13 batters, gave up just five hits and allowed just two earned runs.