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Lady Cats snag first season victory

POSTED: August 16, 2014 11:00 a.m.
Joel Samuelson/Barrow County News

Hannah Medlam crosses the plate early for Apalachee in their 3-1 win over Dacula.

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The Apalachee Wildcats softball team took to the diamond against the Dacula Falcons on a pleasant Friday night in a tournament hosted by Flowery Branch where the Lady Cats toppled the Lady Falcons 3-1.

Rebecca Meade stood atop the mound for Apalachee and hurled an impressive early season game allowing six hits and one earned run while chalking up three strikeouts. Her defensive teammates helped seal the deal stranding five Dacula baserunners and only allowing one batter to reach base in each of the last three innings.

The Lady Cats fell behind in the first inning after Baylee Bedingfield singled and then was driven home by a single and a double by Sabina Siebet and Alexas Deawyler respectively.

That would be the Lady Falcons’ only mark on the scoreboard. Then it was showtime for Lady Cats.

After leaving three runners on base in the first inning, Apalachee finally got the offense rolling in the fourth inning when Hannah Medlam led off with a single and crossed home plate two singles later by Mekayla Carlyle and Kailani Wilson.

Mia Giddens and Logan Leverette added two scores for the Lady Cats in the fifth.

“This game was by far the most complete effort of the season. We finally put together – all in the same game – outstanding pitching, solid defense and some timely hitting with runners on base,” said Apalachee head coach Matt Allen. “We’re moving in the right direction and the kind of effort and kind of execution we had today is what we’re going to need to get through the tough region we’re in.”

The Lady Cats put forth a solid offensive showing led by Medlam who went 3-for-3 and Carlyle who went 2-for-3. The team tallied ten hits including nine singles and one double, and one earned run.

“Our offense is really swinging the bat well, we don’t have a whole lot to show for it right now because we’ve hit some At ‘Em balls – we hit a lot of line drives just straight to the mitt,” said Coach Allen.

Friday’s effort came on the heels of a disappointing near-win against Archer, which saw the Lady Cats drop an extra-innings affair 8-7. 

“It was just a total team effort,” Allen said of the Wednesday loss. “If I were to start naming people, we’d be here all night because everybody did so much.”

Apalachee also played in a tournament Saturday at Mill Creek High School, the results of which were not available at press time.

The Wildcats took on Jefferson first with a follow-up contest against host Mill Creek.

Apalachee’s next home game comes against Winder-Barrow in a non-region exhibition match. Winder won Friday's game against First Presbyterian 4-2.

The Lady Wildcats will open their real region schedule on Thursday by hosting Lanier, home to now former Apalachee assistant Ryan Hill. 

The Lady Cats get a brief break in region play by hosting Mountain View on Aug. 25 before travelling to the always-challenging Loganville Red Devils on Aug. 26. 



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