Ladies Softball Goes Unbeaten at Fall Tournament
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

BOSSIER CITY, La.—The 2007-08 Centenary softball team saw its first action of the new school year over the weekend. The Ladies participated in the Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) Tournament, where they went 3-0-1.


Centenary began the tournament with a 12-0 victory over Cisco Junior College. Sophomore Ryan Thacker looked impressive in her three innings of work, striking out five batters without surrendering a hit. Freshman Caitlin Cavarra joined veterans Brittany Williams, Allison McClain, and Lin Virdell in going 2-for-3 in the contest. Cavarra also scored three runs for the Ladies.


Sophomore Stacy Whitmer kept the excellent pitching going as she tossed six scoreless innings in a 0-0 tie to Hill College. Williams stayed hot for Centenary as she again went 2-for-3 at the plate. Amy Wiedeman, Haley Bassett, Beth Krysiak, and freshman Bonnie Matak also collected hits in the game.


The offense came out ready in the third game of the day as the Ladies discarded Southern Arkansas 9-2. Cavarra and Williams both tallied a pair of hits, while Bassett and Krysiak belted homeruns. Pitcher Lauren Highsmith got off to a shaky start with two walks and three hit batters, but the redshirt freshman made an adjustment and allowed only two runs over four innings.  


Centenary took its final contest of the day in a 6-1 effort over Louisiana College. Whitmer and Highsmith combined on a one-hitter over five innings, together striking out six. Emerald Doria erupted for three hits and Cavarra added two more hits, giving her six for the tournament. In addition, Lauren Flowers blasted her first long ball of the fall season. 


On the day, the Ladies pitching staff combined for a 1.17 earned run average, while the offense sported a .348 batting average. Even more impressive was Centenary’s .423 on-base percentage. Overall, the Maroon and White outscored its opponents 27-3. 


Williams went 6-for-9 over four games and added a team-high four runs batted in to lead the Ladies. Cavarra was 6-for-10 with an astounding seven runs scored and Doria recorded four hits in eight at-bats.


Centenary will host its own back-to-back fall weekend tournaments starting this Saturday. Games will run consecutively all day with the first contest scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. and the last beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Ladies will play BPCC in the 9:30 a.m. match-up, take on North Texas Community College at 5:30 p.m., and battle East Texas Baptist University in the finale.