McLeod ends Lady Trojans playoff run

By JIMMY ROGERS | News-Telegram Correspondent

April 27, 2007 - MOUNT PLEASANT - Early errors for Cumby and hot bats and flawless defense for McLeod ended the Lady Trojan play-off run Thursday night in a 9-0 loss at Chapel Hill High School field near Mt. Pleasant.

The Lady Trojans had advanced to bi-district following their District 17-A second place finish. McLeod ended District 18-A play in third place.

"It was a tough night.” Lady Trojan Coach Shelly Jones stated in comments after the game, “We did not play like we have played during the season. We just did not show up tonight. The team was pumped up and ready to go today but a few errors at the beginning and it just seemed to domino from there.”

Two Lady Trojan errors in the second inning aided McLeod in adding six runs to the run scored in the top of the second.

Troubles for the Lady Trojans began in the first inning when McLeod's lead off batter, freshman shortstop Kourtney Whatley, rapped a double to right field tripping over Lady Trojan first baseman Courtney Steward as she rounded first. Umpires ruled interference and gave Whatley third. She later scored the first of McLeod's nine runs.

McLeod's bats came alive in the second inning as they batted through the rotation belting out five hits. “We've worked on hitting the past couple of weeks and it has begun to pay off,” stated McLeod's Coach Brown. “We hit the ball better than we have hit it all year.”

The final two McLeod runs came off three hits in the sixth inning.

Regarding Cumby hitting, Coach Jones said, “We couldn't get our bats swinging tonight and when we did it would pop-up or be right to them.” The Lady Trojans managed four hits-one in the first, two in the second and the fourth in the seventh.

Striking out seven Lady Trojan hitters, McLeod's Kelsey Parker found support from her defense. Centerfielder Haley Hart snagged the final two Cumby hits of the third inning and the first hit of the fourth and one each in the sixth and seventh innings. Brown said Hart had been a “mainstay for us all year.” Brown said it was the best defensive game his team had played this season.

The Lady Trojan season ended with a 7-3 district record and 12-8 overall.

McLeod, who finished third in district 19-A behind Maud and James Bowie, will now face Joaquin as they continue play-off action.

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