Ladies Softball Opens Fall Schedule with Pair of Wins
Monday, September 22, 2008

BOSSIER CITY, La.—The Centenary softball team kicked off its 2008 fall tournament schedule with a pair of wins at the Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) Tournament. The Ladies discarded the host Cavaliers 4-1 in their first game before dismissing Northwestern State 6-1 in the second game of the doubleheader.


Centenary got the scoring started with two runs off of BPCC in the second inning. Freshman Jenny Varteressian led off the inning with a homerun in her first at bat wearing the Ladies uniform. Haley Bassett followed with a single and, after advancing to third on an error, scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Caitlin Cavarra.


The Cavaliers responded with a single run in the bottom of the frame, but that would be all the scoring for BPCC. Pitcher Lauren Highsmith kept the home team at bay over four innings, striking out four and allowing two hits. Freshman Hillary Phillips tossed three scoreless innings of relief, striking out four and holding BPCC hitless to close the door.


The Ladies added insurance runs in the fifth and seventh innings when Emerald Doria first scored on a wild pitch, and then blasted a solo homerun.


The second game of the twin bill saw newcomer Jessica Bock toe the rubber for Centenary. The sophomore transfer proved dominant, going six innings and striking out nine. She allowed one run on four hits, but cruised through the Northwestern State lineup.


The Ladies broke the game open in the second inning with a two-out rally. With the bases empty, Bassett drew a walk and Cavarra singled to left field. Freshman Monica Acuna followed with a walk to load the bases and fellow freshman Katie Matthews laced a double off the center field fence to score all three.


The duo of Bassett and Cavarra struck again in the third inning when Bassett doubled to left-center and Cavarra singled her home to stake the Ladies to a 4-1 advantage. Centenary placed runners on second and third in the following inning and Varteressian collected two more RBI with a single to left to put the game away.


“We did a good job out there this weekend,” said Centenary Head Coach Mark Montgomery. “Having missed so many practice opportunities as a result of Hurricane Ike, I was very happy with our effort and overall performance.”


The Ladies will head back for another weekend tournament hosted by BPCC this Saturday. Centenary will play a three-game schedule this time around, facing Louisiana Tech (8 a.m.), Louisiana-Monroe (4:05 p.m.), and Southern Arkansas (6:25 p.m.).