Lady Cougars have productive week

By T. Scott Boatright

In a meeting that looked more like batting practice than a softball game, Cedar Creek cruised to a 27-0 win over Delhi Thursday evening at the Lady Cougars’ softball field.

Cedar Creek totaled 19 hits with 10 walked batters, building a 15-0 advantage by the end of the first inning. 

The Lady Cougars’ Lizzie McAdams threw a three-inning, one-hitter, striking out eight Lady Bears in the 11 at-bats Delhi took.

Bailey Adams and Chloe Brashear each hit inside the park home runs while Rosemary Sewell and Sarah Adams each sent dingers over the fence. In fact, Sarah Adams hit two for her 10th and 11th homers of the season.

The big win over Delhi came after Cedar Creek took two of three games as the host school of the Caroline Menzina softball tournament over the weekend at the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters Softball Complex.

Cedar Creek defeated Forest 8-0 in the first tournament game on Friday and Glenbrook 19-3 in the Lady Cougars’ first game on Saturday before falling to Haughton 7-6 in Saturday’s second game in which they rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before the Lady Buccaneers escaped with the win.

Allie Furr and Adams provided plenty of offense for the Lady Cougars in the tournament’s three games, with Adams going 4-of-7 at the plate with six runs batted in while Furr went 6-of-10 with five RBIs. 

“I wish we would have beaten Haughton, but it is what it is,” said Cedar Creek coach Julie Riser. “We made too many errors, and we didn’t hit as well as we had been earlier. That part of our game was down a little bit, which was why it was good to see us hit like we did (on Thursday against Delhi). 

“But the big takeaway was that we really need to get sharper on defense. That’s something we’re really going to focus on.”

At the season’s midpoint, Riser likes the way her team seems headed — just as long as they improve their fielding.

“We’re hitting it,” Riser said. “That’s not the problem. But it’s like we can’t get consistent. We’ll hit the ball well and beat a team bad and then face the same kind of team and not hit well and play a close game. We can hit, we’ve shown that. I’d just like to see it more consistently. We’re lost four games by only one run, and we just haven’t hit all that well in those losses.

“And errors — fielding — can cost you in those close games. So that has to get better. We’re at a point in the season that we have to keep improving — getting better in all phases of the game — if we really want to do something. We have good potential. We just have to work on getting better. 

The Lady Cougars, now 10-6, will next play in a pair of games at the Quitman High School Tournament at the Jackson Parish Recreation Complex on Saturday. That tournament will feature 17 teams ranging from Class C to 5A playing in a total of 23 games.

“We have a group of girls (Elli Dickerson, Emma Moore, Madelyn Carroll, Olivia Salter and Peyton Muse were qualifiers) competing in the Girls State Powerlifting Championship (today) in Monroe,” Riser said. “Then we play two games at the Quitman Tournament on Saturday. We play Buckeye and Caldwell on Saturday.”