Southampton loses in first round

Published 1:06 pm Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Carla Matthews waits for the call on a ball pitched by Bluestone during the Southside District Tournament semifinals on Tuesday. DON BRIDGERS/TIDEWATER NEWS

COURTLAND—Twice this season, Southampton High School girls’ softball team defeated Southside District foe Bluestone.

On Tuesday, during the district tournament, it was Bluestone’s turn, blanking the Lady Indians 7-0 at home.

Bluestone scored two of its seven runs in the first inning.

“The Indians had a great second inning defensively with getting a double play ball going from Carla Matthews to Marisa Cabell,” said SHS Coach Susan Melbye. “Then Marisa Cabell threw out a girl trying to advance to third. Her sister, Madison Cabell, was quick to tag the girl out.”

In the top of the fifth inning, a Bluestone runner got on with a single base hit up the middle. The leadoff batter bunted a ball and was called safe at first.

With another runner getting on board and no outs, the cleanup batter hit a three RBI double.

In all during that inning, four runs were scored.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Indians had another fantastic double play, Melbye said.

“This time it was the shortstop Carla Matthews throwing to second basemen Candace Earls to get the first out and then Marisa Cabell to get the second out.”

The Barons had one last score in the top of the seventh inning.

“The Lady Indians struggled at the plate.” Melbye said. “With only three hits on the day, it was hard to make anything happen.”

Regina Artis was 2-for-3 on the day. Ashlee Buehner was 1-for-2.

The Lady Indians left runners stranded on in scoring positions during the third, fourth, and sixth innings.

The Lady Indians are waiting to hear who and where they may play in the Regional Tournament on Monday.