Thursday, April 9, 2009
State Softball Playoffs
On Tuesday, March 31, Potts Camp Lady Cardinals traveled to West Union for a division game.
The weather was great and lots of fans turned out for a good game. Both teams came out gunning for each other.
The Lady Cardinals scored two runs right away, while the West Union Lady Eagles could not get the bats going.
For the first time in Potts Camp Lady Cardinals softball history they had beaten the West Union Eagles. The final score was 2-0.
This was a sweet and wonderful moment for the team along with the coaches and fans.
Pitching for the Lady Cardinals was Kayla Yarbrough, and catching was Jasmine Houston.
Scoring for the Cardinals were Megan Watkins and Jasmine Houston.
The two teams were scheduled to meet again Friday at Potts Camp.
Due to the rain and bad weather, Potts Camp was unable to host the last division game against West Union. The Lady Cardinals’ field was under water. In order to play the most important game West Union hosted.
Once again lots of fans were there for both teams. However, the Lady Cards were not able to beat the Lady Eagles this time. The Lady Eagles were ready for the Lady Cardinals.
Potts Camp could not get the bats going. Potts Camp fell 7-0, with Kayla Yarbrough pitching and Jasmine Houston catching.
Losing this game put West Union in first place and Potts Camp in second in the division. Strayhorn was in third and Coldwater in fourth.
The Lady Cardinals would move on to host Vardaman in the first round of the Class 1A state fast-pitch playoffs, a first for the Lady Cardinals.
For the first time in Lady Cardinals softball history they were the number two team in their division. This gave them the honor of hosting their first state playoff game against the Vardaman Lady Rams.
The starting time was 4 p.m. Saturday for the first game, but fans from both sides started arriving around 3 p.m. You could feel the tension from fans and players along with the coaches.
With the Lady Rams up to bat first, they scored four runs on the Lady Cardinals. Potts Camp came back and scored two runs. Vardaman scored in every inning, with the Lady Cardinals not getting another hit until the fifth and sixth innings.
The Potts Camp girls came back fighting hard, but they had waited to late. Vardaman won the opener in the best two-of-three series 19-9.
Kayla Yarbrough was the pitcher for the night for Potts Camp, with Jasmine Houston catching.
Scoring for the Cardinals were Megan Watkins, 1; Jasmine Houston, 2; Kayla Yarbrough, 3; Ashton Gandy, 1; and Macy Watkins, 2.
Both teams took about a 15-minute break, prior to doing battle in the nightcap Saturday.
Once again the Cardinals took the field first, this time ready for the Rams. The Lady Cardinals played this game like the fans were used to seeing. The Lady Rams saw Potts Camp was not a team to take lightly. The young Lady Cardinal team just could not pull it off. Vardaman won a close one, 8-6.
Kayla Yarbrough was the pitcher and Jasmine Houston was catching.
Scoring for the Cardinals were Megan Watkins, 1; Jasmine Houston, 2; Kayla Yarbrough, 2; and Ashton Gandy, 2.
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals did a great job this year. This team is made up of young players – one junior, three sophomores, two freshmen, three eighth graders, and three seventh graders.
This team has come a long way, head coach Danyel Turner said. The Lady Cardinals’ record for the season was 8-4. Coach Turner and assistant coach Michael Loden are very proud of the their softball team.
“The girls played hard (versus Vardaman),” Loden said. “The biggest difference was experience. They (the Lady Rams) played for north half last year. They’d played in the big game before.
“Our girls made a lot of progress this year. There is a lot of potential for the future.”
The parents, faculty and fans are very proud of these young ladies also. They will follow them again next year. And they thank Coach Turner and Coach Loden for their time and support and most of all for believing in the Lady Cardinals softball team.
Team members are Megan Watkins, Jasmine Houston, Kayla Yarbrough, Ashton Gandy Macy Watkins, Alaken McNeer, Shauna Haney, Lacy McKeown, Shelby Davis, Kerrace Williams, Briana Cheatwood and Allison Smith.
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