Lady Cardinals get past Lady Bobcats, 4-0

Published 9:17 pm Friday, March 17, 2017

ORANGEFIELD — In front of a packed house in a District 22-4A opener for both teams, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals went on the road and hauled in a big 4-0 victory against the Orangefield Lady Bobcats at Lady Bobcat Field Friday night.

Lady Cardinal junior ace Kassidy Wilbur had her “magic” working once again as she tossed a complete-game two-hitter, finishing with 11 strikeouts while walking two.

Lady Bobcat ace Kaylee Ancelot pitched well in defeat. Ancelot scattered six hits while fanning two and walking one.

The Lady Cardinals (14-3-1, 1-0) broke up a scoreless game in the top half of the fourth. Jaylynne Burch got things going with a single to left for BC’s first hit of the game. She zipped to second on a passed ball and Caitlin Denison followed by slapping a single over first base as Burch hustled in to score.

Lady Cardinal leftfielder Aleah McClanahan, the only player with multiple hits for the night by going 2-for-3, took a Ancelot offering to lead off the top of the fifth and crushed it over the centerfield fence for a solo home run to make it 2-0.

The Lady Cardinals added some insurance in the top of the seventh with two runs.

Natalie Reed reached on an error at third. McClanahan roped a single up the middle and Peyton Trapp had a single to shallow left. Kyndall Harrison eventually brought home Reed with a sacrifice fly to left-centerfield and McClanahan eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Orangefield’s Kristin Broussard had a one-out single over third base in the bottom of the first and swiped second with two outs but was left stranded.

In the bottom of the third, Lady Bobcat Jessica Metts drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a nice sacrifice bunt by Faith Fregia but Wilbur bounced back with consecutive strikeouts..

In the bottom of the fourth Kinley Gipson received a two-out walk and Tiffany Ciancaglione had a single up the middle but Wilbur fanned Alyssa Dodd to get out of the inning.

Abby Anderson had a leadoff single for the Lady Cardinals in the top of the sixth.

The Lady Cardinals return home Tuesday for a showdown with Silsbee while the Lady Bobcats (9-8, 0-1) will look to bounce back at home against Hamshire-Fannett.