The first week of the season has been a whirlwind for Jodi Reagan and her Lady Wildcat softball team. Six games in six days will take its toll on any team, especially in this south Georgia heat. To their credit, Richmond Hill finished the week strong in Brunswick with a hard fought 5-3 win.
After the win, head coach Jodi Reagan felt the game went pretty "swell."
After the Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning she felt her team got a little too confident and maybe felt they wouldn’t need any more runs. They were wrong.
In the following innings the Lady Cats would leave the bases loaded once and strand another two runners later.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Ortiz was making the lead hold up but finally Brunswick broke through for their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, then tied it with two runs in the sixth inning.
As they have been doing so far this young season, the Wildcat bats would come to the rescue and this time it was a sister act.
Jena Reddick led off the seventh with a single, then Lauren Davis’ one out bunt led to an error and runners in scoring position again.
This time the sister tandem of Alex and Erin Hefner plated both the runs with consecutive base hits and provided the winning margin for Ortiz who pitched a scoreless seventh.
Both Hefners had two hits a piece and two RBI’s each. Jena Reddick went 2-for-3, and Lauren Davis was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Richmond Hill out hit Brunswick 11 to five.
Ortiz has done the lions share of the work during the six day stretch to start the season and is now 3-2, and has showed great stamina during the stretch.
Her and her teammates will be looking forward to a week off now in the schedule, with the next game, again against Brunswick, at home on Tuesday Aug. 28 at 4 p.m..
An invitational tournament back in Brunswick will be played Aug. 31, and Sept. 1.