By CINDY CROSBY
The 14U Badkatz (Voss) travel softball team participated in the S.C. State Championships held Saturday June 27 in Spartanburg. The Badkatz went 3-2-1 on the weekend.
In pool play, the Badkatz finished with a 3-3 tie during drop-dead play against the Carolina Thunder. Kylie Rast and Shaina Lugo combined in the circle across three-and-one-third innings of work, allowing one earned run on four hits. Rast led at the plate going 1-1 with 2-RBI’s. Maggie Kennedy also had a hit in the game.
In game one of bracket competition, the Badkatz fell 9-8 against the Upward Stars after fighting back from a five-run deficient in the fourth inning. Marin Moody took the loss in a complete game effort allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and striking out seven. Rast was 2-2 at the plate and Reagan Kelly was also 2-2 and scored twice in the game. McKenzie Beard was 2-2 with 2-RBI’s and Jordan Slocum was 1-2 with 2-RBI’s.
Moving into the loser’s bracket in double elimination, the Badkatz aligned to face the Limestone Carolina Smokin’ Aces. Marin Moody earned the start in the circle and lasted four-and-one-third innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out four. She was relieved by Lugo for two-thirds of an inning with two walks, two hits and a strike out. Kennedy led at the plate going 2-3 with 4-RBI’s and scoring twice.
In the next game, the Badkatz defeated the Oconee Comets 12-6 behind Rast in the circle. Rast allowed five earned runs on four hits, issuing five walks and collecting one strikeout. The Badkatz had nine hits in the game and were led by Brooke Crosby who went 2-2 with an RBI and scored twice.
It was a pitchers’ duel Sunday morning as Moody threw a complete game for a 3-1 win over FCA–SC. Moody allowed one earned run on two hits, striking out three and issuing three walks. The Badkatz jumped out early when Slocum doubled to centerfield on the first pitch of her at-bat to drive in Crosby. Rast and Makayla Voss were credited with hits in the game.
The Badkatz were be eliminated in a 4-2 rematch against the Upward Stars. Moody took the loss allowing six hits and four runs over four innings, striking out two and walking one. Beard was 2-2 at the plate and scored once. Slocum and Moody accounted for a hit-a-piece in the game.
The 14U Badkatz roster includes Rylie Adona, McKenzie Beard, Lana Catterton, Brooke Crosby, Reagan Kelly, Maggie Kennedy, Shaina Lugo, Marin Moody, Kylie Rast, Paige Shelton, Jordan Slocum, and Makayla Voss.