The Orange Leader
Getting a great defensive effort and another strong mound performance by Khandi Breaux, the Orangefield Lady Bobcats solidified their first-place position in the District 21-3A standings Monday evening by nipping Orange County rival Bridge City 1-0 at Lady Bobcat Field.
Ashton Gautreaux’s RBI single in the first inning held up the rest of the way as the Lady Bobcats improved to 16-3 overall, 7-1 in 21-3A play.
It was a tough loss for the Lady Cardinals (18-8, 5-3) to absorb because they got another solid mound performance by Kellyn Cormier.
Both teams played a much more better game defensively compared to the first time when they met when the teams combined 11 errors.
“This was a huge win for our kids,” said Lady Bobcat coach Amy McLaughlin. “We had just one loss coming in while Bridge City, Hardin-Jefferson and Silsbee had two. We’re trying to create a little separation for everyone else and tonight really helps. It’s always a battle with Bridge City and the games are always tight. Khandi (Breaux) pitched well and we made some good plays behind her. Both teams were much better on defense tonight.”
Breaux and Cormier both went the distance on the hill for their respective squads.
Breaux allowed just two hits while striking out seven and walking two. Cormier scattered just five hits while fanning six and walking two.
In the bottom of the first, Orangefield’s Kelsey Ancelot slapped a single to left and Gautreaux ripped a single that barely skimmed the top of Cormier’s glove and the ball darted off to centerfield as the speedy Ancelot raced home for the game’s lone run.
The Lady Cardinals threatened in the top of the second.
Kasey Frederick had a leadoff single up the middle and moved all the way to third off a nice sacrifice bunt by Kelsey Fults. Breaux got out of it by fanning both Kaleigh Carter and Skylar Kahla.
Kaleigh Evans had a double to left-centerfield for Orangefield in the fifth frame but was left stranded. Haley Fontenot had a single in the sixth for Orangefield.
Cormier had an infield single for the Lady Cardinals in the fourth inning.
Both teams jaunt back into action Friday.
The Lady Bobcats will look to redeem their only 21-3A loss as Silsbee rolls into Orangefield. The Tigers defeated Orangefield 1-0 in Silsbee.
“That’s a game the kids are looking forward too,” said McLaughlin. “We simply didn’t hit the ball up at their place. The key for us is to take care of business at home. We have both Silsbee and Hardin-Jefferson here coming up here at home so we’ve got to play well so we can try to get that title. It’s one out at a time and one game at a time and the kids shouldn’t not be over confident. Our district is tough and you’ve got to bring that ‘A game’ each time out.”
The Lady Cardinals will look to bounce back when they travel to Buna.