Offensive Success Propels Ladies to Two Fall Wins
Sunday, September 27, 2009
SHREVEPORT-Two wins for the Centenary softball team over BPCC and Northwestern State were sparked by an all-around effort and clutch offensive performances on Saturday.

Game 1: Centenary 7, BPCC 5

Sophomore Katie Matthews put the Ladies up 1-0 on a solo shot to lead off the game, but BPCC was able to respond with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

It was a four run second inning that gave the Cavaliers a 5-1 lead on a grand slam by Lacey Willis.

Despite the early deficit, Centenary responded in grand fashion in the top of the third frame when Matthews reached on an error, followed by a single by senior Haley Bassett. Freshman Rachel Conard hit into a fielder's choice, driving in Matthews.

Senior Allison Shepperd singled, while sophomore Kalyn Harris drove in a run, picking up a sharp hit past the first baseman, loading the bases for freshman Kelsey Regan. Local product, Regan belted a three run home run on a 1-2 pitch that ultimately proved to be the game winner.

Junior Lauren Highsmith started the game, but was relieved by classmate Sara Dornelas. The duo combined to throw two innings, allowing four hits, while fanning two. Freshman Jessica Sheldon took over in the third, shutting down the Cavaliers. The righty allowed no runs on seven hits, while striking out five.

The Ladies were led by Shepperd with a 3x4 performance, while Matthews and Bassett each had two hits and an RBI.

Game 2: Centenary 6, Northwestern State 5

The Ladies plated three runs in the bottom of the first on four hits. Junior Bonnie Matak got Centenary going with a double to left field. She was followed up on a single by Shepperd and a double by Bassett, who drove in both runs. A batter later, Harris plated Bassett on a single to centerfield.

Northwestern State narrowed its early deficit by one in its next at-bat on two doubles and a walk. Though, up 3-1, the Ladies didn't stop there as Dornelas belted a solo homer, followed by a single from Matthews, who was driven in by Shepperd.

Up 5-1, Sheldon was dominant on the mound, shutting down the Demons in order. However, the Ladies were held to no runs in the bottom of the third and fourth frames.

Northwestern State made it a 5-3 ballgame on three doubles and a single in the top of the fourth.  A defensive miscue and a sacrifice fly gave the Demons another run.

The Ladies wouldn't stop with a one run lead, scoring their sixth run when junior Caitlin Cavarra opened up the bottom of the sixth with a single. She was later driven in on a ground ball up the middle by Dornelas.

With a 6-4 lead heading into the final at-bat for Northwestern, the Demons brought themselves within one when the lead off batter reached on a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. A fielder's choice followed, along with a sacrifice fly. Despite the Demon success, Sheldon was able to get the final batter to ground out for the win.

In Game 2, Sheldon tossed all 7.0 innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits, while fanning four.

Matak and Dornelas led the Ladies, hitting 2x3.

The Ladies will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 3 (10:00 a.m.) against BPCC and Sunday (2:00 p.m.) against Louisiana Tech for its second fall tournament.