Ladies Improve to 5-1 in Fall Season
Monday, September 29, 2008

BOSSIER CITY, La.—The Centenary softball team continued its Fall success over the weekend by winning two out of three games in the Bossier Parish Community College Fall Tournament. The Ladies are now 5-1 after defeating Louisiana-Monroe and Lon Morris College, while collecting 22 hits and 14 runs.


The triple-header began early on Saturday for the Ladies with a match-up against regional rival Louisiana Tech. Centenary out hit the Lady Techsters six to four and Hillary Phillips allowed just one hit over 5 2/3 innings for the Maroon and White. Phillips ran into trouble in the sixth and allowed a couple of hits and hit a batter.


Tech plated three runs in the sixth inning to come from behind and grab the 4-2 win. Phillips tossed all six innings for Centenary and allowed four runs on four hits, while striking out five.


"Even though we lost to LaTech, I thought we played well," said Coach Mark Montgomery. "I would have managed a little differently in the spring, but where we are right now, I couldn't be more proud of our overall team effort."


The Ladies took the early lead in the game with single runs in each the first and fourth innings. In the first inning, Emerald Doria scored on a double steal and Haley Bassett scored in the fourth after a triple and a single by Katie Matthews.


The second contest of the day pitted Centenary against Louisiana-Monroe. The game was a pitchers duel with both teams unable to score until ULM broke through in the sixth inning with a run. The Ladies responded with a pair of runs in the seventh when Caitlin Cavarra blasted a two-run homerun to hand Centenary the victory.


Jessica Bock went the distance for the Ladies, surrendering just one run on eights and nine strikeouts.


The day ended with a 12-3 drubbing of Lon Morris by the Ladies. Bonnie Matak got things going with a solo shot in the first inning and Doria added to the lead with a three-run homerun in the fifth. The long ball scored Leslie Postles and Monica Acuna, who both singled to reach base.


Centenary put the game away in the seventh by scoring eight runs on seven hits. All total, 14 batters were sent to the plate in the rally for the Maroon and White.


Lauren Highsmith pitched the first four innings of the win, giving up just one hit and one run en route to striking out six. Vicki Honeycutt allowed two runs in three innings of relief work on two hits to go with three strikeouts.


The Ladies will close out their fall season with their own tournament this Saturday. Centenary will face Bossier Parish Community College at 9:30 a.m. and LSU-Alexandria at 5:30 p.m. The Ladies will also play in the event finale, a 7:30 p.m. skirmish with Louisiana Tech.