BY ALBERT TREVINO
The Onalaska Ladycats trailed early, but regained control to earn a 5-2 victory Tuesday against the New Waverly Lady Bulldogs in their final home game of the 2015 season.
Both teams went scoreless in the first inning. Onalaska's defense did not allow New Waverly a single base hit in the first, but Ladycat batters were not able to capitalize and also suffered three quick outs.
In the second, the Lady Bulldogs scored two runs off of misplayed pop fly by Onalaska outfielders and loaded the bases on two separate occasions. Ladycat starting pitcher, Mo Jones, delivered a strikeout to close out the top of the second.
Cari Wiggins scored first for Onalaska with her first at bat, resulting in a home run. Although the Ladycats later loaded the bases from two walks, New Waverly prevented any further damage by with a force out to end the second.
The Ladycat defense shut down the New Waverly offense in the third, which gave Onalaska's batters an opportunity to even the score. Lexi Wiggins earned a RBI single with a fly ball, which led to Taylor Price's game-tying run.
Onalaska continued to blank the Lady Bulldogs for the next four innings, as they gained momentum on offense. KD Stutts picked up two RBIs with a fly ball to centerfield and put the Ladycats up 4-2 to end the fifth. Regan Haynes extended Onalaska's lead in the sixth inning, with an RBI single. The Ladycats ended the game in the top of the seventh.
After the game, head coach Ashley Isbell said the team is better prepared to handle tough games during the playoffs after seeing Tuesday's performance.
"This one was a true testament to our character and how we were going react," said Isbell. "We trusted [the gameplan] and it came out 5-2."
The Ladycats currently hold the third-place spot in the District 21-3A playoff race. The team will travel to Palestine on Friday to face the Lady Panthers for their final game of the regular season.