Lady ‘Cats outlast DHSPublished 2:06pm Friday, March 14, 2014
The Benjamin Russell Lady Wildcats staved off a comeback attempt by crosstown rival Dadeville to win their second-straight game, 4-3.
BRHS immediately jumped out of the gate thanks to Cookie Kelley, who pounced on a Shelby Rice pitch for a lead-off double.
Taylor Latham later brought Kelley home with a single, and Taylor Hutto made the game 2-0 when a single that scored Latham.
Kelley’s lead-off at-bat was a sign of things to come, as she continued to hit for power during the course of the game.
As Hutto kept the Lady Tigers’ offense quiet, Kelley once again asserted herself, this time in the second inning.
After Danasha Wyckoff reached on a single, Kelley blasted one over the fence for a two-run home run that put the Lady ‘Cats up 4-0.
Shortly after that point, Rice’s day was done from the mound as Dadeville ace Jodie Caldwell came on in relief.
The Wildcats’ offense was held scoreless the rest of the way.
However, DHS struggled to break through with Hutto on the mound until the top of the fifth inning, when she walked Madison Harrelson. Following that, an error allowed Caldwell to reach first.
The mistake was the catalyst for a Lady Tigers’ rally, as Rice atoned for her outing with a two-run double that scored Caldwell and Harrelson.
Ashley Harrison delivered a single to score Rice.
Hutto eventually settled down, and was able to hold off the Tigers’ attempt at a comeback.
Kelley was 3-for-3 with a double, triple and home run on the night. Hutto went all seven innings, striking out five.