CCHS softball team reclaims county championshipBy Staff Reports Published 10:13am Monday, March 24, 2014
Game 3 of the night saw the Isabella Mustangs pick up a 10-0 win over the Panthers thanks in no small part to a complete game no-hitter by Mustangs junior star pitcher Chelsea Cox.
With the Mustang offense picking up two runs in the top of the first inning, Cox mowed through the Panther offense in the bottom half of the inning by striking out the side.
Errors cost the Panthers in the top of the second, and with the bases loaded, a Victoria Fletcher shot to left field resulted in a stand-up triple and three runs for the Mustangs.
The Panthers managed two base runners in the bottom of the second, one on a Mustang error and one after being hit by a pitch, but two more strikeouts by Cox resulted in no runs and an Isabella 7-0 lead after two innings of play.
The Mustangs added three more runs in the top half of the third inning, and behind the pitching of Cox, retired the Panthers in order through the next three innings on their way to the win.
Cox picked up 10 strikeouts in a no-hit performance for the Mustangs on the mound.
Fletcher led Isabella at the plate, going 2-of-4 with a single, triple and four RBI.
A 7-0 win for the Tigers over the Thorsby Rebels was the result of the late game on Day 1.
The Tigers got on the board first thanks to a Hannah Jackson single up the middle and a Taylor Smitherman sacrifice fly to deep center field that scored one run.
The Rebels managed to move a runner into scoring position in the bottom of the first inning, but a throw from Tigers catcher Kristina Caton caught the runner off the bag and brought an end to the inning.
Mary Mac Hughes started the top of the second for the Tigers by scoring on a Headley single up the middle. Watts added to the Tigers’ second inning tally with a long fly ball to left center field that cleared the wall for a three-run home run.
The Rebels threatened again in the bottom half of the second inning but failed to capitalize.
After two innings of play, the Tigers led 6-0.
The Tigers added one more run in the top of the third inning to bring the score to its final of 7-0 as they will continue on in the winners’ side of the tournament bracket.
Hannah Oaks pitched six innings for the Tigers allowing five hits and two walks while recording two strikeouts.
Caton went 4-for-4 at the plate with four singles for the Tigers.
Allie Yeargan gave up 15 hits, three walks and seven earned runs with one strikeout in a six-inning performance for the Rebels.