Wilbur, Lady Cardinals shut down Lady Tigers

Published 9:18 pm Friday, March 23, 2018

BRIDGE CITY — Riding the arm of senior ace Kassidy Wilbur and the bat of Aleah McClanahan, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals nabbed a vital 1-0 District 22-4Av victory over the Silsbee Lady Tigers Friday night at Lady Cardinal Field.

Wilbur tossed a complete-game two-hitter, fanning 15 Lady Tigers while walking none.

McClanahan brought in the game’s only run when she ripped a two-out single to left to score Kyndall Harrison for the game-winning run.

The Lady Cardinals defeated Silsbee at Lady Tiger Field 4-2 earlier in the week.

Silsbee pitcher Braley Forse pitched well too, allowing just four Lady Cardinal hits, two of them by McClanahan, who ripped a leadoff double to left in the second inning but was left stranded. Forse struck out five Lady Cardinals and walked one.

The defending 22-4A champion Lady Cardinals (17-7, 3-0) will know face a big two-game set with Class 4A state-ranked No. 1 Little Cypress-Mauriceville (18-1, 3-0) next Tuesday and Thursday. The first game will be at Bridge City Tuesday and the two teams will play again Thursday at LC-M.

Forse and the Lady Tigers held off a BC threat in the bottom of the first.

Wilbur had a leadoff walk, moved to second on a Abby Anderson sacrifice bunt and to third on a Caitlyn Dennison groundout. Forse got out of it by getting Harrison to fly out. However, Harrison would get even later in the sixth frame.

The Lady Tigers had a golden shot to score in the top of the second but fell short.

Forse crushed a leadoff deep double to left and with one out wound up at third on a passed ball. Wilbur promptly got out of it by fanning Tristen Terry and getting Neely Smith to fly out.

Ashley Gerrald had a leadoff infield single for the Lady Cards in the third and made it to second on a Anderson sacrifice bunt but Forse got out of it by getting Dennison to make the third out after Terry made a great stab of a catch, robbing Dennison of a hard line-drive hit.

White had Silsbee’s other hit, a bloop two-out infield single in the top of the sixth.

With two outs, Harrison got it going when she touched a Forse offering and buried it into right-centerfield for a two-run double. That set up McClanahan for what turned out to be the game-winner.