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Lady Cats and Raiders win first games, Lady Rebels not so lucky

HERCULANEUM – The Fredericktown Lady Cats accomplished their first goal of the 2005 season on Monday with a 9-8, eight inning win over the Herculaneum Lady Blackcats. It marked the first time in Fredericktown’s softball history that the Lady Cats have beaten Herculaneum.

It took extra time for the win to come their way. The Lady Blackcats scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 8-8, only a diving stop by shortstop Amy Hendrix kept the winning run from scoring for the host team.

In the top of the eighth inning, Hendrix played even a bigger role in the win. Jennifer Whitener reached first on a Herky error, and Patricia Ward sacrificed Whitener to second base. Hendrix hit a double to drive in Whitener, and pitcher Jenni Kemp struck out the Herky batters, one, two three in the bottom of the inning to secure the win.

Kemp had only one other strike-out in the game as she pitched all eight innings and gave up only nine hits and two walks.

Lindsey Wagganer and Hendrix were the catalysts for the Lady Cats offense as they scored six of the team’s nine runs and both players drove in two runs each. Wagganer was 2-3 at the plate, and Hendrix went 3-4 with two doubles.

The lead changed hands four times in the game with the last coming in the extra frame.

“We thought we had it wrapped up going into the bottom of the seventh, but they scored three runs, and only Amy’s (Hendrix) stop kept us from losing it right there,” said Fredericktown coach Eric Newell of his team’s near collapse.

The Lady Cats will be back on the softball field again today at Ste. Genevieve in a conference game, but it doesn’t get any easier as they will face the Farmington Knightettes on Thursday, another away game.

Fredericktown 200 131 11 – 9

Herculaneum 012 011 30 – 8

North County 8, Cuba 6

CUBA – In a rain-delayed season opener, the North County Lady Raiders finally got in seben innings of play and dwoned the Cuba Wildcats 8-6. Cuba had taken the lead in teh fifth inning for the first time and then tied the game in the sixth, but it was a last-inning surge that put the Lady Raiders over the top.

Hali Prosser led off the inning with a single, stole second and then beat the throw to score on a single by Katie Gibson. Gibson went to second on the play at the plate, and was sacrificed to third by Jessica House. Gibson would score on a passed ball.

Jennifer Hackworth made sure of no comeback by the host team as she struck out the side for the win. Hacworth had 15 strike-outs total in pitching a three hitter and allowing only six walks.

The Lady Raiders had eight hits in the game, all singles. Sam Byington and Jamie Bullock had two each, and Prosser, Gibson, Jamie Penfield and Cassie Jackson all had one apiece.

North County 040 002 2 – 8

Cuba 002 031 0 – 6

Crystal City 4, Central 3

CRYSTAL CITY – The Central Lady Rebels suffered a tough loss in their softball season opener on Monday, as a pair of costly errors in the sixth inning allowed Crystal City to come from behind at home for a 4-3 victory.

Central grabbed the lead in the top of the first inning when Amber Kennedy and Kayla Mabery each scored after drawing back-to-back walks. The home team rallied to even the score in the fifth, but the Lady Rebels regained a 3-2 edge when Mabery tripled with two outs in the sixth, and scored on a late throw to first following a bounced third strike.

Kennedy struck out nine batters over six innings in her first varsity start, and allowed one earned run on five hits while walking five. Brittany Ashby singled for the only other Central hit, and each club finished with four errors.

Central will begin conference play today at 4 p.m. with a home game against Potosi.

Central 200 001 0 – 3 2 4

Crystal City 100 012 x – 4 5 4

LP – Kennedy 6i 4r 1er 5h 9k 5bb.

Hitting – Mabery, Ashby. 3b – Mabery.

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