Lady Wildcats win three games, lose once and tie one game

It may only be the first tournament of the season but the Taft junior varsity softball team got off to a strong start this past weekend when they finished second in the Liberty Tournament in Bakersfield.

“These girls just finished up their basketball season on Tuesday and haven’t even had time to attend softball practice together before we entered this tourney,” said Taft coach Adeana McDaniel Furman. “I’m proud of them for taking second overall in the tourney with such little time on the softball field before our season started.”

Taft got off to a roaring start when they shut out Bakersfield Thursday.

The Lady Wildcats scored three runs in the first, two in the second before wrapping up with five runs in the third.

Allison Mizener was 2-for-2 with two runs scored while Reece Hamilton was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, five runs batted in and two home runs. Cheyenne Rogers also had two runs scored with one run batted in. Cooper Mainard, Allison Milner, Katie Evans, Corie Evans and Cyerra Davis each scored a run in the game.

Katie Evans allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out four batters.

Taft had a tougher battle in their second game with a 5-3 victory over Centennial. Centennial scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second before Taft came back with two runs in the third and three in the fourth to win the game.

Milner was 2-for-2 in the game with one run and one run batted in.  Davis and Brinley Rosenberger each were 2-for-2 with a run scored. Copper Mainard, Katie Evans and Reece Hamilton each had a hit in the game.

Taft’s winning streak was snapped in their third game with a 4-4 tie with North.

“We had a tough time getting anything going offensively during this game,” said Furman.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning before North added two more in the second. Taft added a run in the second and third innings to knot the score.

Rosenberger, Davis, Katie Evans and Kaylee Neher had the hits in the game while Neher, Evans, Olivia Ortlieb and Rosenberger each scored a run.

Katie Evans allowed eight hits on four earned runs while striking out five batters.

Taft bounced back with a 4-1 victory over Stockdale.

“We hit the ball when in this game and played solid defense,” said Furman.

After both teams scored a run in the first, Taft added a run in the second and two in the fourth.

Cheyenne Rogers, Mizener, Katie Evans, Ortlieb Corie Evans, Davis and Hamilton each had a hit with Rogers and Hamilton hitting a home run.

Corie Evans allowed an earned run on three hits and a walk while striking out 11 batters over five innings.

Taft polished off their tournament run with a 7-3 loss to Frontier.

“We got off to great start in this game but struggled a little on defense,” said Furman.

Taft erupted for three runs in the first inning. After a couple of quiet innings Frontier put up five in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Katie Evans led the charge for Taft by going 3-for-3 while Neher went 2-for-3. Ortlieb had a run batted in for Taft.

Katie Evans pitched the first four innings allowing seven earned runs while giving up nine hits and two walks while striking out three.  Corie Evans pitched the final two innings while striking out two batters.