Back-to-back summer victories for Lady Bobcats

By Amanda Lowrance

Photos By:  Amanda Lowrance

(TOP) Lady Bobcat Haven Phelps slams the softball into the outfield for a triple base hit.  (LOWER) After reading the pitch Kelly Beth Ernest winds up for the throw against a Scotts Hill hitter.


Summer league softball continued at McNairy Central High School last week with a doubleheader played by the Lady Bobcats on Thursday.

McNairy began the lineup in the first game against Scotts Hill by oldest to youngest and in the last game against South Side youngest to oldest.

After three snappy outs in the top of the first from Scotts Hill, Kelly Beth Ernest, the right handed pitcher who bats left, took the circle for McNairy.

Scotts Hill nearly scored a run in the first with a runner that stole second and then third, but not before the Lady Cats defense made three infield outs to end the innings.

The second and third innings flew by silently with three strikeouts by Ernest in the second.

The line-up made a full rotation back to Kindra Brown who had the first base-hit for McNairy when the Scotts Hill first baseman dropped the ball.

Jacey Whirley and Kelly Moore brought Brown home with back-to-back doubles.

Scotts Hill threw a runner out at first for their first out in the fourth.

Then soon-to-be-freshmen Trudy Berryman hit a triple that went to the wall and that brought home the Mikaela Rowland for a totaling four runs for MCHS.

 McNairy’s bats were stayed hot with a base hit from Ernest that brought Berryman home.

Scotts Hill made a double play off of a pop-up that caught a Lady Cat runner off base. The action-packed fourth inning finished at 5-0.

With Sarah Stanfield on base, Brown hit one to far right field that gave her an inside-the-park homerun.

With two outs and two runners on, Haven Phelps drives one hard to the outfield for a triple.

Stanfield was walked after a pitch to the head, but the inning finished with a runner out at first.

Time was called just as the Lady Bobcat defense took the field and the game ended 11-0 McNairy.

In the game against South Side, Ernest moved to third base and the beginning of the lineup as Brown took the pitching position.

McNairy squeezed in three runs in the first from Ernest, Stanfield, and Phelps to grab a lead.

South Side’s lead hitter knocked one out of the park to put them on the board.

The game quickly became a pitching/defensive match after a complete first inning at 3-1.

The second was scoreless with three strikeouts thrown by Brown.

South Side scored another in the third from a line drive to left field. 

Two outs and the bases loaded, Brown threw one more strikeout to end with a one run lead of 3-2.

The game was called on time limit in the top of the fourth with two McNairy runners on and a score of 3-2 McNairy.

MCHS summer league will host their final games on Monday, June 20 against Chester County and Scotts Hill after press time.