The Madison County High School Cowgirls' softball team kicked off the season with a preseason classic at Florida High on Saturday, Jan. 30. At 12 p.m., the Cowgirls faced off against Lincoln County and at 4 p.m., they faced off against Leon County. Unfortunately, the MCHS Cowgirls lost to Lincoln by a close score of 6-5 but came back successful against Leon, finishing the game with a final score of 6-4. What a great start to the season!
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Cowgirls traveled to Wakulla County to go up against the Wakulla War Eagles. In the first inning, the Cowgirls lost to the War Eagles with a score of 3-2 but came back high and mighty in the second inning with a final score of 1-0. Although the War Eagles pinned the Cowgirls down in the third inning with a final score of 4-0 and in the fourth inning 2-1, the Cowgirls recovered and had great success during the next three innings. In the fifth inning, the Cowgirls had the War Eagles defeated with a final score of 3-0 and in the second inning with a score of 2-0. In the final inning, the War Eagles fell 6-1. The Cowgirls successfully clobbered the War Eagles and finished up the game with a final score of 15-10.
Freshman Laila Dickey was two for three at the plate, scoring three runs and one RBI. Sophomore Hannah Zimmerly was two for three at the plate with three runs scored and two RBIs. Freshman Reese Rutherford was three for four at the plate, scoring two runs and two RBIs. Senior Carlie Ginn pitched for four innings, striking out one batter and walking none. Rutherford pitched three innings, striking out four hitters and allowing one run on three hits. Rutherford allowed none to walk. Junior Shelbi Cooper added three hits while scoring two runs. Senior Megan Washington added two hits and two RBIs.
Friday, Feb. 5 brought the Cowgirls to Tallahassee to face off against the Godby Cougars in an away game held at 7 p.m. The first pitch began at 6 p.m. Despite great effort put in by the Cowgirls, the Cougars had the Cowgirls slashed by the end of the game with a final score of 5-3. Dickey was two for four at the plate with two runs scored. Rutherford was one for three at the plate with two RBIs while pitching seven strong innings scattering in circle. Giving up five runs on three hits, striking out seven hitter and walking five, Cali Deihl contributed with a RBI single in the top of the fifth inning.
The game did not go well for the Cowgirls on Tuesday, Feb. 9 as they lost with a final score of 10-0 against Lincoln. On the bright side, Senior Kelli Garner was two for three with two singles at the plate. Deihl was one for two at the plate with a single as well as freshman Amber Reed.
On Feb. 11, the Cowgirls lost against the Suwannee Bulldogs with a final score of 16-4.
Stay tuned for more updates on the MCHS Cowgirls softball team.