By Greg Perkins —
The Lady Wildcats of Joseph City earned a split in the two games played last week, picking up a win over rival Mogollon on Tuesday, then dropping a close game to visiting St. Johns on Thursday.
Playing in Heber the Lady Wildcats started slowly, but matched the Lady Mustangs with a first inning run. In the third the Lady Cats took the lead for good with two runs, then basically put the game out of reach in the fourth as they scored five runs, propelling themselves to a 12-2 win in six innings.
Taylor Hill pitched a solid game. She faced 28 batters and allowed just two runs, both earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
The Cats pounded out 13 hits led by Savannah Baer, who went three for four with a triple, a double, an RBI and scored three runs. Hill helped her own cause by going two for four with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice, an RBI and scored a run. Harlie Blosser went two for four with two RBIs and scored three runs. Brianna Massey was two for four with a home run, a sacrifice and two RBIs. Chevaun Spurlock went two for four with a double, walked twice, had two RBIs and scored two runs. Jacie Cochran was one for four with a walk, two RBIs and scored a run. Lindsey Larsen went one for three and scored once.
Joseph City 102 522 12
Mogollon 100 001 2
Playing their final regular season home game on Thursday, the Lady Cats struggled with St. John’s pitchers, coming up with just three hits in a 4-2 loss.
Defensively the Cats played well except for the third inning, which is when the Lady Redskins scored all four of their runs. Joseph City scored once in the first and again in the sixth, but couldn’t come any closer to the lead.
Patyon VanDyke went two for three at the plate. Blosser was zero for two, but drew two walks and scored once. Spurlock was zero for three, but walked and scored once. Massey went one for three.
The Lady Wildcats left six runners stranded in the loss.
St. Johns 004 000 0 4
Joseph City 100 001 0 2
After playing their final regular season game on Monday at Camp Verde, the Lady Cats will get a bye in the first round of the 1A North Regional Tournament. As the top seed, they will face either Ash Fork or Fredonia at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the tournament semifinals. With a win they would play in the championship game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Next week they will be in action in the opening round of the 1A state tournament.