However, those hitting woes are a thing of the past after Monday’s 10-5 win at home against South Cobb High in which the Lady Colonels had 18 hits to extend their win streak to three.
“That’s how I expect us to hit,” Cass coach Greg Hight said. “We’re putting the ball in play, and if we do that, things will happen.”
Junior Lauren Womack had four of those hits in her five at bats.
Senior catcher Bre Mahrt had another two hits and now has had exactly two hits in each of four of the team’s five games.
“I’m just feeling it. Last year I had a decent batting average, but this year I’ve really stepped up and really hit the ball hard,” Mahrt said. “I took hitting lessons and played travel ball over the summer. I worked really hard. A lot harder [than previous years.] That’s what’s helping now.”
The Colonel’s attack started early and often Monday. They scored two runs in a four-hit first inning. The team would score another two runs in the second inning on an error and Mahrt’s sacrifice fly.
Cass had another big inning in the fourth in which the team scored three runs on four hits. Kelsey Holloway, Lynnsey Hollifield and Hannah Kirkpatrick all had RBI’s in the frame.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Courtney Bailey no-hit South Cobb through the first four innings, but experienced some tightness in her pitching arm in the fifth inning and allowed two runs.
Bailey moved to shortstop with two outs in the inning and Hollifield took over. The junior gave up just one while recording the last seven outs of the game.
“Lynnsey did a good job. I knew she would come in there and stay around the plate,” Hight said. “She’ll keep the ball down and give us a chance at some ground balls.”
“She’s a good reliever,” Mahrt said of Hollifield. “She doesn’t have as much speed as Bailey, but she has accuracy.”
South Cobb brought the game as close as 7-4, but Cass’ offense kept producing and scored another three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on five hits and a walk. The biggest hit in the inning came on Mahrt’s two-RBI triple to deep left field.
“She’s hitting it well right now,” Hight said of Mahrt. “I hope we keep putting people on in front of here. That’s the key, for Lauren and Courtney to keep getting on.”
Bailey went 3-for-3 on the game, including a walk and a productive sacrifice bunt.
Savanna Hutchins also had three hits and an RBI.
Cass is now 3-2, but the schedule gets more difficult in the coming weeks. The team will play a very good Heritage team on the road today before heading into region play.
The Colonels will come in well prepared as they are now playing at the high level Hight expects from a team with nine seniors.
“We started off slow, but we are starting to pick the pace up a little bit,” he said. “We just have to keep it going.”
“We have stepped up a lot from the beginning of the season,” Mahrt said. “We weren’t playing as a team in the beginning and now we are.”