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Lady Cats look toward district tourney

Courtney Robinson makes a mad dash from third to score a run against the South Side Lady Hawks. Staff Photos by Amanda Lowrance

Last Thursday was initially scheduled to be the McNairy Central Lady Bobcats’ last regular season home game, but with severe weather and bad conditions there were two additional make-up games played as well.

The Lady Cats came out of last week with two wins, against Jackson South Side and Bolivar, and one loss, against Chester County. The Lady Cats finished regular season play at 19-10 (10-4 district).

McNairy Central was given a third seed for the upcoming district tournament, behind the Chester County Lady Eagles (2nd) and the undefeated Lexington Lady Tigers (1st).

Last week’s action started up on Thursday against Chester County.

“To beat Chester we need to play a tight game with no errors,” said Coach Mellanie Surratt after the 6-2 loss to the Lady Eagles. “We have the talent and are capable of beating them.”

That loss bumped Chester up to second in the district, with a district record of 11-2.

In that game, Kindra Brown had one hit and one run for MCHS. Courtney Robinson had one hit and one RBI, and Mikaela Rowland had one run.

Brown was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs in four innings and Amerson finished, giving up two runs in three innings.

The Lady Cats traveled to Bolivar immediately after the loss to face the Lady Tigers in another district match-up, where McNairy crushed Bolivar 10-0 in only five innings of play.

Amerson threw 12 strike-outs from the circle and was 2 for 3 with one run scored. Robinson was 3 for 4 with two doubles and one home run. Brown had one hit and two runs. Jacey Whirley was 2 for 3 with one double and scored two runs. Makayla Holley had one hit, and Brianna Phelps scored two runs after getting on base on a walk and again after being hit by a pitch.

The Lady Cats held senior night against the South Side Lady Hawks at home on Friday.

This tight and carefully played match-up finished at 6-5, in favor of McNairy. With a run scored by South Side in the first, and four more in the top of the fourth, the Lady Cats tied the game with five runs in the bottom of that inning.

With the score still tied at 5 in the bottom of the seventh, Amerson hit a double down the left-field line. Whirley moved Amerson to third with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Chelsea Bodiford brought Amerson home for the win.

“Although this was not our best game, we showed a lot of character and team work,” said Surratt. “This was a very exciting game for senior night and a good win to finish the season with.”

McNairy will be hosting the district tournament this year and is scheduled to play Liberty on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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