Lady Cats fall to Lady ‘Noles

Smithville completed its clean sweep of Division 4-1A on Friday afternoon with a 12-2 five-inning win over Houlka.
The Lady Noles escaped a jam with two on and one out in the first inning without surrendering a run. Houlka’s Chianne Edington led off with a base hit to left center, but was erased at second on Cara Martin’s fielder’s choice. Paige Graves and Cassie Homan followed that up with back-to-back hits but a throw from the outfield cut off the lead runner and a grounder to first ended the inning.
In the bottom of the first, Lane Kennedy beat out an infield single to short, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored when Breanna Edgeworth reached on an error. Angel Guyton reached on another error to plate Edgeworth for a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Macy McCain and Billie Claire Goode hit back-to-back singles with one out, and both scored on Kennedy’s triple to right field. A groundout from Edgeworth plated Kennedy, and Guyton singled to left to keep the inning going before a ball back to the pitcher ended things.
Aftter base hits from Claire McNeese and Katie King, McCain’s sac bunt made it 5-0 in the third.
Smithville plated three runs in the fourth to lead 9-0.
The Lady Wildcats loaded the bases with no one out in the fifth and scored two runs to keep the game going. Jesse Moore and Alllunah Tumblin each drew walk, and TempiWebb singled to left center to load up the bases. A strikeout and a popup to first base put Barrett in a position to get out of the jam before Martin’s two-run single to make it 9-2.
The Lady Noles finished off the win in the bottom of the fifth. web soft hka