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Ladycat Softball Drop Rematch with Knightettes

The Farmington Knightettes came to town Tuesday for a rematch with the Ladycats. The Ladycat softball team had defeated Farmington the previous Wednesday at Farmington, 5-3. This time though everything went the way of the Knightettes. The Final score was 0-6.

The Knightettes scored a run in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th innings and added two more in the 7th, managing to take full advantage of each base runner. Fredericktown struggled at the plate only coming up with 4 hits, one each by Amy Hendrix, Johnna Tinnin, Tricia Ward and Laura Mooney. Natalie Sago got the win for Farmington giving up the four hits, no runs, no walks and 3 strikeouts.

Jenni Kemp pitched all 7 for the Cats giving up 8 hits and 3 walks (2 intentional), 4 earned runs, while striking out 4 batters.

The loss brings the Ladycat record to 8-6 with big games to come this week with Central (Tue) and North County (Thur) and a rain out game to be made up with Potosi. The Conference Tournament is scheduled to begin Monday, Sep. 26 at Fredericktown.

2005 JV Ladycat Softball

The 2005 Junior Varsity Ladycats Softball team has played well this year with a current record of 4-4. Doing the bulk of the pitching has been Sophomore Ashley Mascaro, who is also the starting Varsity 1st baseman, with a record matching that of the JV team. She has averaged right at 1 strikeout per inning with much less than a walk per inning average. She has an ERA of 4.1.

Four Freshman players have been defensive standouts; catcher Breanna Denman who has also seen some Varsity play as a designated hitter. Laci Mathus has played a very solid 1st base. Kelsey Johnston is picking up the 3rd base duties quickly and Chelsea McDowell has been learning the middle infield spot at shortstop. Michelle Bingham has also made both offensive and defensive contributions, despite battling the injury bug.

Many defensive plays, including several running catches have came from the remaining six players who have played in a tough utility player role. These utility players move between infield and outfield thus learning several positions making them very valuable for the future. Ashley Worley, Hailey Pate, Danni Cox, Pjae Bromeyer, Madison Wathen and Janelle Whitener have been everywhere, doing good wherever they play.

Worley has been the offensive leader batting .455 with an on base average of .667 due to her team leading 7 walks, she also has 4 runs and 2 RBI. Cox is nipping right at her heels for leadership also batting .455 with 1 walk, 3 runs and 3 RBI. Bingham’s leadership shows with a .444 avg., 1 walk, 4 runs and 3 RBI.

The speedy McDowell and Denman both are batting a deceptive .273. McDowell (on base avg. .530) also has 6 walks (2nd most on team) and Denman (on base avg. .467) has 4 walks, bringing their on base averages right up there with the other three offensive leaders.

Mathus comes in at .357, 1 walk, 4 runs and 3 RBI. Mascaro bats .333 and has a walk, a team leading 7 runs and 2 RBI. Pate has a respectable .286 avg. adding 3 walks, (bringing her on base avg. to .435) 4 runs and 3 RBI. Johnston has a on base avg. of .333 with a hit and 4 walks. She has also scored the 2nd most runs on the team with 6, and has a RBI.

Bromeyer has a hit and 2 walks, .231 avg. Wathen (2 hits) and Whitener (2 walks) each have an on base avg. of .167. Whitener has also scored 4 runs and has a RBI. These players have all really worked hard to learn the game and will look to finish this week with a winning record. The Fredericktown Softball program is the real winner though as it looks for huge contributions from these girls not only this week but for several years to come.

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