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April 11, 2014

Lady Bobcats 'Queens of 21-3A' with win over Silsbee

ORANGEFIELD — Proving who was the best team in District 21-3A this season, the Orangefield Lady Bobcats made a slew of key defensive plays and got some timely hits to clinch the 21-3A crown with a tight 3-2 decision against the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks at Lady Bobcat Field Friday night.

Rightfielder Haley Fontenot’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth sealed the deal for Orangefield (19-3, 10-1).

“It’s a great feeling and I’m so happy for the kids,” said Orangefield coach Amy McLaughlin. “They’ve stepped up big all season and did it once again tonight. Defensively, we were so outstanding. We knew H-J was a team that could put it in play and then our kids made all the plays in the field. It was awesome.”

The Lady Bobcats led H-J (18-4, 8-3) 2-0 only to see the Lady Hawks rally with two runs in the top of the fifth.

Orangefield hit paydirt with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Catcher Kylie Bradley drew a walk from H-J pitcher Raylie Huff and pitcher Khandi Breaux almost watched her line drive clear the leftfield fence only to see it hit the top of the fence as she settled for a double. Fontenot sealed the deal when she cranked the game-winning RBI single down the third-base line.

“I couldn’t be happier for Haley Fontenot,” said McLaughlin. “An All-District second baseman last year, she agreed to help out the team by moving to the outfield. She’s such a team player and tonight couldn’t have happened to a better kid. She had those two big RBI tonight that sealed it for us and it was great to see her record the game’s last out in right.”

Breaux once again got the win on the hill for the Bobcats. She scattered six hits against a hard-hitting H-J unit while striking out four and walking three.

Huff absorbed the loss as she allowed eight hits while fanning four and walking one.

Orangefield broke up a scoreless game with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth.

Kelsey Ancelot got on with a one-out single. With two outs, Ashton Gautreaux, who had a superb night at shortstop, ripped a RBI single to right to plate Ancelot. After Bradley reached on an H-J error, Breaux followed with an infield single to load the bases.

It was Fontenot that came up big as she slapped a RBI single to center to plate Gautreaux.

The Lady Hawks got even in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs.

Maday Greene drew a leadoff walk and Mason Garcia was hit by a Breaux pitch.  Grace Phelps singled to load the bases. Karly Smith then came up with an infield single that scored Greene.

Kaitlin McFarland promptly ripped a RBI single to center to score Garcia but the Lady Bobcats were able to throw out Phelps on a close play at home and then Bradley quickly rifled the ball to third base to double up Smith at third to end the barrage.

“That’s was a tremendous effort to keep them from scoring anymore in that inning,” said McLaughlin. “That double play was huge and the kids made the right throws at the right time and nothing rattled them after they scored the tying run. The kids kept playing on the play and that saved the night for us in so many ways.”

Phelps had a double for H-J in the third but Breaux got Smith to fly out for the third out.

Taryn Huff ripped a one-out double for H-J in the fourth but Breaux got Haylie Huff to ground out as Gautreaux made a great play at short and then Cierra Morris flew out to end the threat.

Gautreaux had Orangefield’s other hit in the second with a single up the middle.

The Lady Bobcats will play host to West Orange-Stark Tuesday night for Senior Night to end the regular season.


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