Thursday, October 12, 2006
Lady Indians lose last home game
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Lady Indians had been one of the contenders in their district for the slow-pitch softball title early in the season, but member defections saw a decline in wins during the latter part.
They hosted the Lady Wildcats of Independence on Monday, Oct. 2, in their last scheduled home game. They were to close with a trip to M.S. Palmer on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
The Lady Indians took the field first and sent Heather Howard to the mound. She faced Hale as the lead batter for the Wildcats. She hit a single and was followed by another single. They loaded the bases and drove one run in before Byhalia shut them down.
Howard started the hitting for the Lady Indians with a single and was backed up by Jessica Garrison with another. However they never got a runner to third and the first inning had the score 1-0 for the Lady ’Cats.
The Lady Indians were doing a good job in controlling the score by cutting off the third base runner, when Independence opened the gates. When the inning expired, the Lady ’Cats were leading 7-0.
The Lady Indians retired the top of the third with one hit, one error and no runs. They then took their turn at bat, scoring on an error at second and getting a run off of the bat of Garrison.
Amber Kimbrough was walked and loaded the bases with two away. Just when it looked as if the Lady Indians would make a move, Independence shut them down. With three complete it was 7-2.
Lady Wildcat Hale stepped to the plate and swung for the fence, trying to duplicate a feat by Barham a few minutes earlier in which she hit an inside the fence roundtripper and drove in one run.
Hale drove in a pair of runs but ran out of steam and was tagged before reaching home.
Byhalia held the Lady ’Cats after that and scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth to make a final score of 10-6.
Byhalia had 11 hits, six runs and eight errors. Independence registered 16 hits, scored 10 times and committed six errors.
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