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March 21, 2014

H.S. Softball: Cayuga blows past LaPoynor 15-0 after four innings

PALESTINE —

Total dominance on both sides of the ball had the No. 10 Cayuga Ladycats cruising past the LaPoynor Lady Flyers 15-0 on Friday afternoon.

 

An early start plus a quick game led to an early finish for the Ladycats as they came away with another district win.

 

After Tuesday’s loss to Cross Roads, Cayuga was looking for a bounce back game, and it got that in this game.

 

The shutout win had Cayuga coach Magen Humphreys beaming about her team’s pitching performance.

 

“It’s easy to have a game like we had today when your pitcher is throwing strikes,” Humphreys said. “And that’s what we have. Kimmy (Kimberly Hughes) is very strong on the mound. She moves the ball around people’s bats, and that’s what we want to see. When the ball gets put in play, too, we’ve been making plays. I thought we practiced well and were able to bounce back today from that loss against Cross Roads.”

 

Hughes, who pitched the whole four innings for the Ladycats, had a strong performance in the match against the Lady Flyers. She threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts in the game.

 

The Ladycats got active in the third inning when they scored 11 of their 15 runs. The Ladycats had 22 total hits in the game, led by Grace Ann Kelley who went 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, one RBI and two runs that she scored.

 

The Ladycats had four perfect batters on the night including Kelley, which led to the dominating performance.

 

“Up until the other day against Cross Roads, we had been really solid in the field,” Humphreys said. “We look for the pop flies and the ground balls because once those happen, we’re confident that we can get the job done. My kids make plays all the time. A lot of that stems from practice. We do a lot with the ball, and we know that we can make those plays.”

 

The defensive performance matched the offensive performance in Friday’s game, and the Ladycats will be searching for another solid win, like this one, on Tuesday as they face-off with Kerens on the road.

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