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WICHITA FALLS – Following season opening wins over Nocona and Memphis, the Lady Cats continued their winning streak, securing a 5-1 record for third place in the Sunrise Optimist Tournament Feb. 25-27.
Calling the game 7-0 on Thursday, Feb. 25, the Lady Cats secured their first win of the tournament against Electra.
Securing the lead in the second inning, the Lady Cats snagged four runs with the help of Jena Preston, Yesenia Lim, Sammie Juarez and Abi Galyean.
Hitting a home run on a fly ball in the top third, Kaidie Hackler made the final run
of the game and secured the Lady Cats’ victory.
Winning pitcher Galyean racked up five strikeouts including six first pitch strikes for the Lady Cats.
Collecting nine total hits, Clarissa Gamboa led the game with two hits.
Losing their second Thursday appearance to Rider, the Lady Cats struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Rider, giving up nine runs.
Pitching, Preston surrendered eight runs on seven hits over three innings, striking out one.
Managing one hit each to lead the Lady Cats was Preston, Hackler and Galyean.
Picking up another win on Friday, Feb. 26, the Lady Cats secured a 19-7 victory over Seymour.
Preston toed the rubber, striking out four, including 13 first pitch strikes.
Earning the Lady Cats’ 19 hits was Chloe Teichelman with three hits and Kenzlee Carroll, Abi McCraw and Jena Preston with two hits each.
For their second Friday appearance, the Lady Cats defeated Canadian 13-2 in an early lead, scoring on a single by Preston, a triple by Galyean and a groundout by Teichelman in the first inning.
Driving in an additional seven runs in the second inning was Hackler, Carroll, Preston, Galyean and Teichelman.
Galyean earned the win for the Lady Cats, allowing five hits and two runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out four and walking one.
Capping the Lady Cat’s 16 hits, Carroll and Preston each snagged three hits to lead.
The Lady Cats also stole ten bases during the game with Carroll leading the way with five.
Kicking off Saturday play, the Lady Cats defeated Bowie 11-3 thanks to a timely six runs led by Galyean, Hackler and Kamryn Moya in a big first inning.
On the mound, Preston surrendered two runs on two hits over one and two-thirds innings, striking out two. Starting out the game, righthander Galyean allowed four hits and one run over three and a third innings, striking out four.
Tallying two home runs, Hackler had a four bagger in the first inning followed by Preston with a long ball in the fifth.
Racking up 13 total hits, Hackler, Moya, Galyean, McCraw and Juarez all managed multiple hits with Hackler going three-for-three at the plate.
Locking in their third-place team standing, the Lady Cats crushed Quanah in a 14-1 victory.
Putting in the Lady Cats’ eight hits was Gamboa and Preston with two each and Emma Luna, Tori Huddleston, McCraw and Juarez with one each.
Pitching, Preston managed seven strikeouts in three innings.
Continuing the season, the Lady Cats faced Canadian for a second time on Monday. Results were not available at press time.
Next, the Lady Cats compete in the Pampa Tou