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Girls softball teams struggle

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By Susie Morris

The West Gadsden softball team lost to Liberty County 12-0 as Bulldog pitcher Kayla Johnson pitched a perfect game.  

The Panthers, however, played and survived their first game since the death of popular female athlete Dee Dee Murray – a resounding district loss but a moral victory for the girls athletic program at West Gadsden.

The Munroe Lady Cats won two and lost three in a busy week last week.  On Tuesday night the team dropped the first game of a double-header but won the second.  In the first game, Maclay jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first, thanks to four errors on two hits.  The Lady Cats struck for runs in the third and fourth innings but lost 4-2 in the five-inning game. Haleigh Corbally got the loss on the mound despite striking out six and giving up four hits.

In game two Munroe pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the sixth in a squeeze play that was well executed by Courtney Mayo’s bunt and Kaitlyn Sirmons’ slide home.  The score was knotted 2-2 at the bottom of the fifth and went one extra inning.   

Mary Jane Milam got her second pitching win,  Kristen Allen and Mayo gathered two hits apiece.

On Thursday the team defeated John Paul II in a district contest by a lopsided 22-3 score.  Georgia Davis had two hits and six RBIs and Corbally had three hits and two doubles.  

Allen added two hits and two doubles. Milam went to 4-0 from the mound on the season.

On Saturday the Lady Cats participated in the second annual Altha Invitational. The team picked up two losses, losing to Port St. Joe 5-1 and PC-Arnold 5-2.   

Milam got the loss in game one and Corbally in game two.  Allen had four hits on the day and Davis had three.

The team dropped to 8-5 on the season with the loss.