By Malcolm Butler
Cedar Creek outscored three opponents by a combined 34-10 and started the 2023 season by winning three straight games over the weekend at the Benton Tournament.
The Lady Cougars defeated Many 7-2, Opelousas Catholic 17-6 and Logansport 10-2 during a two-day span.
“We hit really well this weekend,” said head coach Julie Riser. “We are much further along than I thought we would be at this point in our season which is very exciting.”
In the win over Many, Cedar Creek banged out nine hits, including multi-hit games from Allie Furr (2-5, run), Chloe Brashear (2-4, run) and Bailey Adams (2-4, 2 RBI) while Peyton Muse (2 RBI), Lizzie McAdams, Olivia Underwood and Mallory Smith each recorded an RBI.
Brashear, Adams and Lillian Soto each recorded a double in the victory.
McAdams picked up the win in the circle, tossing 4.0 innings in relief, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks with one strikeout. Brashear got the start and worked 3.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
In the second win of the weekend against Opelousas Catholic, the Lady Cougars pounded out 17 runs on 19 hits, including seven extra base hits. Furr (4-5, 4 runs, RBI), Soto (3-4, HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI), McAdams (2-4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Muse (3-5, run, 4 RBI) did most of the damage at the plate while Adams (2-4, run, RBI), Brashear (3-4 RBI) and Anna Grace Lee (2-4, 2 runs) also chipped in offensively.
McAdams earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts over 4.0 innings. Brashear started in the circle, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks in 2.0 innings of work.
Furr and Soto each homered in the 10-2 win over Logansport. Furr (3-4, 2 runs, RBI), Soto (2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Brashear (2-4, RBI), Muse (3-4, run, RBI), Adams (2-3, run, 2 RBI) and Lee (2-3) all had multi-hit games.
Brashear got the win, allow two runs on three hits while striking out three in 4.0 innings. McAdams earned the save, tossing the final 3.0 innings allowing no runs on just three hits.
Creek will play at North DeSoto on Thursday and then will travel to Alexandria to play Converse (Friday), John Curtis (Saturday) and Rosepine (Saturday).