Ruston falls to North DeSoto in opener

By Kyle Roberts

Ruston High School’s softball squad dropped their home opener Wednesday night to North DeSoto by a final score of 14-2.

“Tonight’s game obviously did not have the outcome we wanted for a home opener but I’m not going to say I’m upset with how my girls performed,” Ruston head coach Lauren Garvie said. “I’m proud of (pitcher) Cala (Wilson) for fighting in the circle and I think you take away our first inning tonight and you see a completely different game. I would never take away the fact that North Desoto hit the ball well, but I think that first inning caught us off guard. Once we settled in, you saw a different team on the field.

“I’m proud of the girls for continuing to play the game hard and putting the bat on the ball and continuing to make plays in the field. I know we can only build on our second inning and up.”

North DeSoto scored nine runs in the first inning before adding two more in the third to lead 11-0. Ruston tacked on two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 11-2 before NDHS added three more runs in the top of the sixth.

Wilson threw all six innings for the Lady Bearcats and struck out two batters.

The Lady Bearcats return to action Friday, Feb. 17, and will host Choudrant. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.