By Mac McLeod,
Last week didn’t start out all that well for the Livingston Academy softball team but got much better later on, and going into this week’s action, the Lady Cats have fought their way almost to .500 with a win/loss record now of 9-12.
Hitting has been a downfall for the Lady Cats recently, but last week they brought their “good” bats to the park and 30 hits to produce two wins against one setback.
“Upperman beat us pretty good,” LA coach Kacy Bennett started out, “but they are a really good team and they really hit our pitching. Two home runs, especially with runners on board, it’s hard to overcome, but then we took on York and Clay County and did much better.”
In the week’s initial game, Upperman came to town on Tuesday, battered LA for actually only 7 hits but two of those were home runs with runners on board, and when the Lady Cats had the chance, they left runners on base at critical times on simple miscues.
Neither team scored in the first two innings, then the Lady Bees put two runs on the board. Livingston had a chance to tie the game and perhaps go ahead in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded and only one out, the batter hit a foul fly ball down the first base line, which was caught for the second out, but the LA runner at third had left the bag and was thrown out, killing the rally.
Livingston did get one run to close the gap in the bottom of the third, then Upperman smashed ahead with a booming home run over the left field fence, adding six runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 10-2 win.
Brylee Abbott had two of LA’s three hits, and Jordan Key scored both runs. Addie Brown also had a hit for Livingston.
Leah Clark and Sabrina Garrett split the pitching chores with Clark giving up all 10 runs in her five innings in the pitcher’s circle.
On Thursday, Livingston traveled to Jamestown to take on York’s Lady Dragons and came away with an impressive 17-3 win. In that game, the LA hitting did an outstanding job, smashing York pitchers for 18 hits and 17 runs. LA pitcher Key only allowed the home team seven hits, scattering them around for only 3 runs.
Key was the big hitter for Livingston as the senior had five hits and drove in four runs. Sydney Moffitt added three hits, drove in two runs, and scored three times. Abby Stevens had two hits, scored three times, and drove in one run, while Emma Dulworth had a hit, an rbi, and scored once. Jena Harris had a hit and scored once while Clark had 3 hits, drove in a pair of runs, and scored once. Jazlyn Flowers scored one of LA’s runs, and Ashton Jenkins crossed the plate twice.
Key went the distance in the pitcher’s circle for the win.
On Saturday, the Lady Cats returned to the field in a game at Clay County and walked away with an 11-5 win, using 8 hits and committing only one error.
Garrett took the pitcher’s circle for Livingston and gave up only 5 hits and three runs. Clark finished the game issuing only three hits ands two runs.
Meanwhile, Flowers hit Clay County pitching for three hits and drove in two runs while scoring two. Key had two hits, and Stevens, Abbott, and Harris all collected one each and drove in at least one run. Brown scored twice and Clark once.
Smith County will come to Livingston on Thursday then the Lady Cats, according to the schedule, will travel to Gallatin on Friday and Saturday for the Griffon Classic.