BY JOEY MILLER
After having the wheels fall off at Logan County, the Lady Cats spent the weekend taking on some of the best teams in the State at the "Best of the West" Tournament held at Buchanon Park in Bowling Green. While they only won one of the four games played, they lost by just one run to both Assumption and McCracken, two of Kentucky's premiere teams. Knowing that they competed against such top talent can only help the Lady Cats feel good about themselves.
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The Lady Cats actually took the first lead, putting up two in the top of the fourth. After Madison Davis walked, Gracie Arnemann promptly drilled a line drive over the right field fence. Logan then answered with three in the bottom of the inning. The Cats came back again in the fifth, notching three more, but that would be the extent of their offense for the day. The Lady Cougars plated three in the fifth and six more in the sixth to wrap up the win.
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The Lady Cats held State ranked Assumption scoreless, going into the seventh inning. Neither team had scored but that soon changed. In the top of the final frame the Cats came alive. With one out, Maggie McBrayer doubled, advancing to third on a Makenzie Montague single. Assumption then chose to load the bases by issuing an intentional walk to Madison Davis. With two out, Kaeleigh Tuck doubled to left, scoring two with Davis advancing to third, who then raced home on an error. Maddie Utley followed with a single, scoring Tuck. That sent game into the bottom of the inning with Franklin-Simpson up 4-0. Assumption showed why they are such a highly ranked team as they broke loose for five runs, aided in part by a couple of errors and that was that. Davis was stellar in the circle for the Lady Cats, not allowing an earned run while striking out fourteen.
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The Lady Cats opened with a run in the first. Madison Davis doubled, then scored on a single from Gracie Arnemann. Marshall answered with a run of their own in the second, as well as two more in the third and a big six in the fourth. Franklin-Simpson made a run in the fifth, plating three. Makenzie Montague singled, Maggie McBrayer walked, as did Armemann, loading the bases. Kaeleigh Tuck singled, scoring Montague. Maddie Utley added a single, bringing home McBrayer. Arnemann came home on a passed ball, but that would end the scoring as the Lady Cats fell
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Maggie McBrayer opened the bottom half of the first with a single. Madison Davis also singled, sending McBrayer to second. Gracie Arnemann walked to load the bases. Kaeleigh Tuck smacked a double to center, clearing the bases, giving the Cats
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the early 3-0 lead. In the second, Davis added an RBI when she singled home Haley Fowler. Tuck opened the third with another double. Sherrika Kitchens ran for Tuck, coming around to score on a sacrifice. Dunbar scored two in the fifth but it was not enough. Davis threw a complete game win, not allowing an earned run while striking out five.
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With one out in the first, Madison Davis singled. Gracie Arnemann followed with a deep drive into the right field corner Davis scored. Arnemann just kept on coming, circling the bases for an inside-the-park home run, putting the Cats up 2-0. McCracken put up one in the top of the third, but in the last half, Kaeleigh Tuck doubled home Arnemann who had singled. Two more for McCracken in the fifth. But Franklin-Simpson added another in the sixth when Maggie McBrayer doubled home Haley Fowler who had reached on an error. Three runs in the top of the seventh, aided by two errors put McCracken ahead 6-4. The Cats could manage but one in the last half of the inning, coming up just short.
The season is winding down and the Cats head towards the District Tournament. Confidence was gained at the weekend tournament and hopefully it will carry through the rest of the season. This year District will be at Logan County.