Thursday, May 2, 2013
Lady Cards fall to ‘solid’ Bearcats
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp coach Cory Gray just had to tip his hat to the opposing team.
His Lady Cardinals did not score a run in two games versus Baldwyn last week in round two of the Class 2A state playoffs.
“Baldwyn is a solid team that does the little things right,” Gray said. “They’re a great team.”
Potts Camp fell 12-0 in game one Thursday, a home game played at Byhalia, and 6-0 at Baldwyn Friday.
“I’m really proud of how far the girls have come this season,” said Gray, the first-year coach whose team played its best ball down the stretch and finished 5-17.
Assistant coach Linda Yarbrough said it was the Lady Cardinals’ first time ever to reach the second round of the fastpitch playoffs.
“We made history,” she said.
The team will lose just two seniors – Kayla Yarbrough and Shauna Haney.
The Lady Cardinals kept it close in the early going Thursday.
The Lady Bearcats scored 11 of their 12 runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The big blow for the visitors was Jorda Waters’ grand slam in the top of the sixth.
“We hung in there for a while,” Coach Gray said.
“We had some errors. We couldn’t field the bunts. You get lots of small ball (bunting and slapping) from them.
“Again, they did the little things right, and that’s what good teams do.”
Yarbrough had two of the Lady Cards’ three hits. Ginny Strawn had the other.
Baldwyn had six hits in the win.
Yarbrough took the pitching loss.
It was more of the same story Friday afternoon at Baldwyn.
“We just got no run support for Kayla (Yarbrough),” Coach Gray said.
The Lady Bearcats had 12 hits to Potts Camp’s three.
Yarbrough again had two of Potts Camp’s hits. Hayley Davis had the other.
Yarbrough also went the distance on the mound and took the loss. She had seven strikeouts.
Baldwyn scored four of its six runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Lady Bearcats improved to 19-7 and moved on to the next round of the postseason to face New Site.
After dropping game one of its playoff-opening series, 1-0, the Lady Cardinals went on the road Monday of last week and beat Riverside twice, both by 4-0 scores.
“We traveled three and a half hours and shut them down two games,” Coach Gray said. “Kayla (Yarbrough) pitched her heart out and our defense played awesomely.”
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