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Lady Bobcats go up early, win big

The Bogue Chitto Lady Bobcats defeated the West Lincoln Lady Bears 8-1 Thursday night.

Bogue Chitto’s bats came to life early in the contest, as they racked up six runs in the first two innings. Defensively, the Lady Bobcats played a near-perfect game behind pitcher Baileigh Jackson to stay in control throughout the matchup.

“The girls have been practicing hard and are seeing the practice paying off in games,” Lady Bobcats coach Chris Smith said. “We had good effort tonight and everyone played hard and did good, but we need to be more consistent and hit better pitches. Baileigh did a good job pitching for us tonight. She consistently threw strikes. The defense played good overall tonight. The girls hustled and got the ball in quickly and made the routine plays.”

Leading off in the top of the first for the Lady Bobcats, Julianna Bartman nailed a double to left center. Karly Leake followed with a single. Bogue Chitto would find the scoreboard first as Baileigh Jackson drove the first two runs of the game in on a single.

Although the Lady Bears managed to get a runner on base in their half of the first off a single with one out by Morgan Newman, they were unable to advance the runner, as Bogue Chitto was able to get the final two outs.

The Lady Bobcats increased their lead in the top half of the second, when they brought four runs across the plate.

With one out, Kayci Beth Wallace notched a single. Following a two-out walk, Bartman hit a single, loading up the bases. Leake drew a walk to bring in a run. Jackson delivered a big two-out, bases-clearing triple to put the Lady Bobcats up 6-0 early in the game.

West Lincoln attempted to rally in the bottom of the second, loading up the bases off singles by Deanna Lofton, Georganna Allen and Maddox Redd. Bogue Chitto was able to escape the threat by stranding the runners.

The Lady Bears managed to get on the scoreboard in the third inning off a single by Adi Paden, which brought Bailey Goodson in from second base.

Bogue Chitto managed just one run in the fifth inning off a leadoff home run by Leake, and one run in the seventh off an RBI sacrifice by Codi Leggett.

The Lady Bears got their final two runs of the contest in the fifth inning off a bases-loaded RBI double by Micah Powell.

“The girls played well today on defense,” Lady Bears coach Andrew Redd said. “We ran the bases good but we just didn’t get the timely hits. The girls need to step up and get the hits. Not getting the timely hits was a big factor in the game.”

Jackson started on the mound for Bogue Chitto and picked up the win.

Redd took the setback on the rubber for West Lincoln.

Jackson led the Lady Bobcats with a triple, three singles and five RBIs. Leake nailed a homerun, single and an RBI. Bartman had a double and a single. Wallace had a single. Kaylie Chapman also had a single. Juliaan Frazier had a single. Leggett finished with an RBI.

Powell led the Lady Bears with a double, single and two RBIs. Goodson had a double and single. Lofton hit three singles. Redd hit two singles. Paden had a single and an RBI. Newson and Allen each hit a single. Emalyn Langley also had a single. Camryn Summerall finished the hitting for the Lady Bears with a single.

Story by Dave Linton