Lady ?Cats get ugly win

By Anthony Rhoads

No, it wasn't a football game but the score looked like it.

The Lovejoy Lady Wildcats and the Riverdale Lady Raiders tangled on the softball field Tuesday evening with the Lady Wildcats winning 20-9 at home.

It was an error-filled, mistake-ridden Region 4-AAAAA contest Lovejoy head coach Kevin Huffstettler and Riverdale head coach Floyd Whitney would rather forget.

"We're lucky to get out of here with a win," Huffstettler said.

Riverdale jumped to a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the first, the Lady Raiders turned a double play on the way putting the Lady Wildcats down in order.

But Lovejoy took advantage of several walks to errors to have had a 12-run second inning.

"I've got a young team," Whitney said. "We actually have a good infield but they made every-day errors today. We also are struggling in pitching and in girls' softball, you have to have pitching."

The Lady Raiders drop to 0-6 on the season. Lovejoy improves to 5-4 with the victory.

"We've played pretty good softball from time to time," Huffstettler said. "Tonight, wasn't a part of that. Horrible execution."

The Clayton County softball tournament is coming up Sept. 27. Last year, Lovejoy finished as runner-up to Jonesboro.

"I'm very optimistic," Huffstettler said. "But if we played like we did tonight, it would go well. It's going to depend on execution."

In other action Tuesday:

Jonesboro 3, Warner Robins 0: Jonesboro scored all its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Lady Cardinals shutout the Warner Robins Lady Demons 3-0 at home Tuesday evening.

Heather Lowry threw a no-hitter, complete with 17 strikeouts and she got the sixth-inning rally started with a double. Nicole Soto drove Lowry home with a single, Heather McCarty singled home Soto and Kala Smith singled home McCarty for the Jonesboro runs.

Smith and Rachel Nutter had two hits for the Lady Cardinals, who improve to 7-6, 2-1 in Region 2-AAAAA action.

Stockbridge 5 Houston County 0: Stockbridge pitcher Terese Gober had 13 strikeouts, helping the Lady Tigers defeat the Houston County Lady Bears 5-0 Tuesday at Houston County.

Infielder Katie Cash went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Jennifer Corbin went 2-for-4 for Stockbridge. Jessica Williams was the designated hitter for Stockbridge, playing her first game this season since her car accident this summer. Williams walked and scored the team's first run.

"Seeing Jess hit was a big moment for our team and for her," said Lady Tigers head coach Randy Stracner. "It lifted the whole team's spirits."

Stockbridge has won five games in a row, improving to 14-5, 4-0 in Region 2-AAAAA play.