By MICHAEL S. ADAMS

H-P Sports Writer



There is nothing greater than the taste of a sweet victory.

Just ask Palestine head coach Lesa Dunbar, who was hit in the face with a cake after the Ladycats defeated cross-town rival Westwood 4-3 Friday night at the Palestine softball field on senior night.

It was only fitting that senior pitcher Jessica Faggett was the hero.

Faggett hit a game-winning RBI-single into right field to score Breezy Adkins from third base in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Ladycats up 4-3 going into the final inning.

The senior hurler then worked her magic on the mound, getting Rainey Schafer to ground out to senior shortstop Anjelica Deckard, Jamie Conklin to pop up in the infield and got Cassie Ault to fly out to center field — after giving up a single to Kaysie Ives— to seal the win for the Ladycats.

Faggett pitched a complete game, giving up one earned run and six hits wile recording two strikeouts and two walks.

“This is an awesome way to end the season,” Dunbar said. “We didn’t have very many wins this season and I could tell all day that these girls wanted to win.

“They were pumped up earlier in the day and they stayed focused and came out her and did what they needed to do to win.”

Neither team really had an advantage at the plate Friday night, but it was Palestine who managed to take advantage when it had the opportunity.

The Ladycats pummeled Westwood pitcher Jennifer Talley in the fourth inning for five hits on three runs.

Palestine led off with Dana Wallace hitting a hard single into left field, which was followed by back-to-back singles from Deckard and senior Katherine Turner.

Turner’s single into center field drove in both Wallace and Deckard to tie the game at 2-2.

Turner would later score after reaching third on an error and was driven in by senior Amber Almanza’s grounder to the shortstop for the first out of the inning.

Talley struck out Amber Hill, but gave up a single to Lacey Knight to load the bases for Faggett.

Faggett hit into a fielder’s choice when second baseman Julie Johnson threw out Knight for the force out at second base.

“It came down to them scoring one more run than we did,” Westwood head coach David Reed said. “It was a game worth watching and you want to win, but sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way.”

Faggett gave up only one earned run to the Lady Panthers which came in the third inning. After reaching third on an error that scored Jamie Conklin, Danielle Slate scored on an infield single by catcher Magen Douglas to put Westwood up 2-0.

Westwood’s other run cam in the top of the fifth inning when, after hitting a triple into right field, Ives scored on an throwing error by Turner.

The Lady Panthers recorded six hits, but Westwood struggled through the bottom part of its lineup.

Conklin, batting in the ninth position, was the only Lady Panther out of the bottom six batters to record a hit.

Ives went 3-for-4 with a triple and one run while Douglas was 2-for-3 with one RBI.

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