Game two of the 6-AAAA region tournament for the Gilmer Lady Cats had them in a must win situation. After the game one defeat at the hands of the Ridgeland Lady Panthers, Gilmer had to get the victory to have hopes of moving forward. One team would advance and one team would end their season.
The Lady Panthers jumped out fast putting a run up in the top of the first on a solo home run by Jenna Morgan. Not being caught off guard, Gilmer answered plus one in their half to take a 2-1 lead early. Mallory Kiser led off the inning with a hard single to set up Sarah Mosley with an RBI opportunity. Mosley, looking at a 2 ball and 2 strike count connected on the opponents pitch and drove it deep over the left field fence for a 2 run home run. The Lady Cats struggled to put anything together through the next several innings. The Lady Panthers would do everything possible to put the game out of reach by adding runs to the board in the second(4), third(1) and fifth(3) to take a 9-2 lead in to the bottom of the seventh. Gilmer fought hard to mount a comeback win but fell short. The 4 runs in their half of the seventh left them shy 3 runs of the tie and 4 short of a win to end the 2018 season. The 11 hits and 6 runs by Gilmer in the game were accomplished from several Lady Cats having a good day at the plate. Jayd Hamby led the Gilmer batters going 3 for 3 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored. Mallory Kiser was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and Sara Mosley was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Hannah Bennett took the loss in the circle. Bennett threw 117 pitches and allowed 9 runs on 15 hits including a walk and a home run. Hannah struck out 7 Lady Panthers in the game.
The Lady Cats will start preparing for the 2019 season and the possibility of a new coach. The big decision to be made in the off season is whether or not Coach Kim Charles chooses to retire or to continue as the staple of Gilmer softball.