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Varsity Softball Victorious Over Cy Creek in 2nd District Game 9-6

By Kimberly Crow, 03/07/23, 4:20PM CST


vs Cy Creek - Win (9-6)

The Lady Spartans hit the road for their second District game and came back with the DUB! The Spartans struck first in the 2nd inning with a double to right field by Allison Hibbetts. Kaitlyn McGuire then pinch-ran for Hibbetts, making it to third base on a ground ball from Hayden Houser. McGuire in dramatic style dove in safe at home on a perfectly laid squeeze bunt by Carolyn Briggs, some may argue the best play of the year so far! Jessica Youngblood and Aashna Kapoor combined two singles together to score Briggs to bring the score to 2-0. The Cougars fought back in the 3rd inning with three hits and forced a couple of errors, resulting in the Spartans being down 2-4 in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Lady Spartans took the lead for good with four runs in the 4 th inning, all on 2 outs.

Gwyn Katterhenry doubled to score Isabela Sanchez, followed by a double by Adrianna Estrada to score Katterhenry, trumped by a HOMERUN by Marina Taveras to score 2 runs, bringing the score to 6-4 going into the 5th inning. Houser drew a walk, and Kirby Crow entered to pinch-run for Houser. Crow stole second base, then was moved to third base on a ground ball by Briggs. While Youngblood was at the plate, Crow scored on a close play at home on a passed ball, bringing the score to 7-4. Stratford held the Cougars at their 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. Kapoor and Katterhenry started the top of the 6th inning with back-to-back singles. Kapoor scored on a ground ball by Estrada, bringing the score to 8-4, and the Spartans again held the Cougars to no runs in the 6th .

Starting the top of the 7th inning, Youngblood drew a walk, followed up by a single by Sanchez, knocking in Youngblood to make the score 9-4 going into the final half-inning. The Cougars clawed their way back as much as they could. They strung together a single, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch to score their final 2 runs, falling short as Katterhenry was dealing the final three outs all via strikeouts. With Houser starting the game on the mound and Katterhenry entering the game in relief, the two pitchers combined to keep the Cougars to only 4 hits and striking out a total of 10. A fantastic game, a full TEAM effort for their first of many more District wins!

Offensive Highlights (11 Hits total):

Singles: Taveras, Katterhenry, Sanchez, Kapoor (2), Youngblood

Doubles: Hibbetts (2), Estrada, Katterhenry

Homeruns: Taveras

Defensive Highlights:

Houser: 2.2IP, 3H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K

Katterhenry: 4.1IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 9K

The Lady Spartans take on two more District games this week before Spring Break:

3/7 – Tuesday vs Northbrook @ HOME @ 4:30 pm JV / 6:00 pm Varsity

3/10 – Friday vs Spring Woods @ SWHS @ 4:30 pm JV / 6:00 pm Varsity