Lady Cats back in action after rain delays
April 22 vs. Galatia-Thompsonville
After last week’s game at Johnston City, as well as the O’Fallon tournament were rained out, the Goreville High School softball squad returned to action on Monday with a 12-0 short game win over Galatia-Thompsonville in a game played at Goreville.
The Lady Blackcats scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sydnee Rushing led off with a line drive off the pitcher’s glove, then one batter later, Taylor Odom hit a hard ground ball that the shortstop couldn’t handle. Haley Darnell followed with an RBI single to right field, then a ground out by Alison Webb drove in Goreville’s second run. McKenzi Schaede made it 3-0 with a double to center field.
The Lady Blackcats pushed their lead to 5-0 in the second inning when Alexis Massey and Odom drew back to back walks, then both scored on a hard grounder to the right side by Darnell. Galatia-Thompsonville threatened in the top of the third on an infield hit and a single to left, but were unable to capitalize.
The Lady Blackcats closed out the scoring with seven runs in the fourth inning. Darnell drove in a run with a bases loaded infield hit before Webb brought in three more with a double to left. Schaede doubled in a run, Madison Sopczak tripled in another, then scored the game’s final run on a sacrifice fly to center by Jacqueline McSpadden.
Sydnee Rushing pitched the complete game shut-out and recorded 10 strikeouts. Haley Darnell and Alison Webb each drove in four runs, while McKenzi Schaede had two doubles and a pair of RBIs.
Next on the schedule for Goreville: Wednesday (April 24) home vs. Benton; Thursday at Vienna; next Monday at Massac County, with all games set to start at 4:30 p.m.
April 16 vs. Trico
Goreville picked up a BDC win on Tuesday of last week as the Lady Blackcats beat Trico 6-1, in a game played at Goreville. The Lady Pioneers were unable to score until they plated their only run in the top of the seventh inning. Goreville tallied two runs in the bottom of the first, then added three more in the fifth before closing out the scoring with a run in the sixth.
Sydnee Rushing pitched the complete game victory and also had three hits. Taylor Odom had two hits and drove in two runs, while Kayla Webb went 2-3 with an RBI.
April 17 at Anna-Jonesboro
On the next day, the Lady Blackcats lost a non-conference contest at Anna-Jonesboro, by the score of 12-5.
Goreville trailed 3-1 after two innings. The Lady Wildcats made it 7-1 with four runs in the bottom of the third. Goreville came up with three runs in the top of the fourth to narrow the gap to 7-4, but A-J plated two runs in the bottom of the frame to push its lead to 9-4. The Lady Blackcats tallied a run in the fifth to get within 9-5, but could get no closer. A-J scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the final margin.
Kaylee Webb pitched the complete game and took the loss for Goreville. The Lady Blackcats had eight hits and committed three errors.
Top hitters for Goreville: Darnell-2-4; Rushing 1-4 (RBI); A. Webb 2-3 (RBI); K. Webb 1-2 (RBI).