Ladies Softball Continues Fall Tourney Success
Monday, October 1, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary softball team pushed its fall tournament record to 5-1-1 with a pair of impressive wins at its own tournament last weekend. The Ladies offense posted 20 runs in three games and the pitching staff allowed only three runs in 23 innings.


Centenary began the day with its first loss of the fall, going down 2-0 to Bossier Parish Community College. The Ladies out-hit BPCC 5-2, but were unable to push any runs across the plate. Lin Virdell led the offense with a 2-for-3 effort while Lauren Highsmith struck out six batters in six innings of work.


After being held scoreless in the opening game, the Maroon and White scored plenty of runs in a 9-0 victory over Northeast Texas Community College. Ryan Thacker tossed a four-hit shutout over six innings, striking out four and not allowing a walk. Brittany Williams ripped a pair of doubles in the win and added three RBI. Bonnie Matak, Amy Wiedeman, Jennifer Martin, and Williams each scored two runs. Matak also added two RBI.


Centenary’s offense exploded yet again in the nightcap as the Ladies discarded East Texas Baptist University 11-1. This time the exceptional pitching came from Stacy Whitmer as the sophomore surrendered one hit and one run while striking out seven in four strong innings. Highsmith closed out the contest by striking out all three hitters she faced.


Caitlin Cavarra and Lauren Flowers each went 3-for-3 at the plate. Cavarra added two runs and a RBI while Flowers scored three times on the evening. Emerald Doria belted her first homerun of the fall and accounted for three RBI. Allison Shepperd contributed two RBI to the victory.


Through the first six games of the tournament season, the Ladies team earned run average is an outstanding 1.20. Centenary pitchers have fanned 34 batters in 35 innings and given up just 13 hits.


Cavarra leads all hitters with a .667 batting average (10-for-15, 9 runs) and Williams is hitting .556 (10-for-18) with a team-best seven RBI. Wiedeman and Flowers are also hitting extremely well, batting .455 and .444 respectively.


“I have been really pleased with most aspects of our game in our tournaments thus far,” said Centenary head coach Mark Montgomery. “The fall is a wonderful opportunity to play multiple players in multiple positions to see where we stand for the spring. Overall, I am very pleased with our performance.”


Centenary will close out its fall schedule by hosting its second tournament in as many weeks this Saturday.