22-4A champ Lady Cardinals demolish H-F

Published 9:22 pm Friday, April 21, 2017

BRIDGE CITY — Putting an exclamation point on another district championship season, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals smashed the Hamshire-Fannett Lady Longhorns 20-0 Friday night in District 22-4A play at Lady Cardinal Field.

The Lady Cardinals wrapped up the season with a 9-1 22-4A mark and will take on Jasper, the fourth-place team out of District 21-4A, in the bidistrict round of the playoffs Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Jasper High School.

The win was sound but also bittersweet for the Lady Cardinals as they lost the services of standout third baseman Caitlin Denison. Denison, who was 3-for-3 with four runs batted it, broke her right ankle trying to get to third base in the third inning.

Junior ace Kassidy Wilbur earned the win on the hill for the Lady Cardinals as she tossed three innings, allowing one hit while fanning five. Summer Black tossed the final two innings, allowing a hit while also fanning five.

The Lady Cardinals pounded out 13 hits against H-F (2-8 in district) pitching.

Wilbur had the big shot, a grand slam in a nine-run third inning.

After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Cardinals piled up 10 runs on seven hits in the bottom of the second.

Meagan Sourdellia got it going with a single to left. Jalynn Burch drew a one-out walk and Carley Simon roped a RBI single to center. Wilbur was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Kyndall Harrison brought in a run with a single past third.

Denison made it 5-0 with a three-run double to center and she later scored on a wild pitch. Black and Sourdellia both drew walks and scored off a Peyton trap two-run single to right. After Burch singled to right, the Lady Cards pulled a double steal with Trapp scoring and Aleah McClanahan capped the 10-run frame with a RBI double to left.

Wilbur opened the bottom of the third with a double to left and Harrison walked and Denison roped a RBI single up the middle. Black reached on an error as Harrison scored to make it 12-0. Sourdellia walked and Natalie Reed reached on an error and a Burch groundout scored a run. McClanahan would walk and Simon drew a bases-loaded walk to score another run before Wilbur crushed a pitch over the left centerfield fence for a grand slam.

Madison Ramsey had a double for H-F in the third and Katlyn Summers added a double in the fifth.