Lady Wildcats battle back to take first win of the season

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

It wasn’t easy, but in the end the victory was sweet.

The Louisville High School girls fast-pitch softball team had to
rally from behind with four runs in the seventh inning to take a 9-8
win over Leake Central last Tuesday, picking up its first win of the
season.

Brittany Lucas smacked a single to tie the game, then the Lady
Wildcats scored on a passed ball to take the win.

But, even with the big rally, LHS still had to play defense. Leake
Central got runners on first and third with one out, but a strikeout
and a pop up to second ended the rally and gave LHS the win. THe Lady
Wildcats are now 1-7 overall and 1-1 in division play.

Louisville was set to visit Houston on Tuesday before traveling to
Caledonia on Thursday.

“I thought we played pretty well,” said LHS head coach Chad Gibson.
“It was Brooklyn’s best game pitching of the year and overall it was
our best performance.”

Hill struck out nine batters to pick up the win for the Lady
Wildcats, while Ayana Taylor ripped a pair of doubles and two
singles, and Brittany Lucas and Hill had three hits each. Lauren
Lucas also had two hits for the winners.

Wildcats
looking for
offensive
improvement
By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal

The lack of big hits at the right times cost the Louisville baseball
team dearly last week, as the Wildcats dropped a pair of key division
games to Caledonia.

The ‘Cats lost the first game to Caledonia 5-1, then dropped the
second one 7-3 to fall to 1-3 in division play. LHS was set to visit
Noxubee County on Tuesday and then host the Tigers at 4 p.m. on
Wednesday in an effort to get back on the winning track in league
action.

Louisville did bounce back with an 8-1 win over Ackerman on Monday in
a make-up game to move to 6-7 on the season.
“Hitting is the biggest problem we have had all year,” said LHS head
coach Hayden Cox. “We need to produce offensively in order to give
ourselves a chance.

“We have pitched well enough to win games, but we just haven’t been
able to put enough pressure on the other team to give ourselves a
chance to score some runs,” he said.

Dalton Hudspeth had a single and double to lead LHS offensively in
the 5-1 loss.

A defensive miscue led to the Confederates jumping out to a 6-0 lead
in the second game of the week.

“We fought hard to get back into it and had the tying run at the
plate, but we just couldn’t quite capitalize on it,” Cox said.
M.J. Herrington had a double and single to lead LHS in the second game.

“We are not out of it yet,” Cox said of the race for the playoffs.
“We are gong to keep battling and see what we can do to get going
offensively.