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LCHS' Madison Abbott celebrates after the last out in the first round game against Todd County.
On a rain drenched field in Todd County Central High school, the District 13th tournament went off without delay. The Lady Panthers would square off first against the number one seeded Franklin-Simpson Lady 'Cats while the Lady Cougars would follow playing host school the Lady Rebels.
The Lady Panthers have shown steady improvement all year long but just haven't found that key hit, that key out, that key play to get that victory. But they were determined that tonight they were going to go out and pull the upset. While their defense was solid in spots, Franklin-Simpson just found to many holes in the field and managed to scoot 10 runs across and ended the Lady Panthers' season earlier than expected with a 10-0 loss in the first round.
The Lady Cougars would be up next and they had shown a marked improvement from where they had started the year at. Their offense was clicking, their defense was stout and their pitching was as strong as ever. They would take a 4-2 lead going into the top of the seventh but still the lead felt unsafe. Then with two outs the Lady Cougars added some insurance to that lead with five runs to take a 9-2 lead and then slammed the door on any thoughts of a comeback and punched their tickets to the Region 4 tournament with a 9-2 win over the Lady Rebels.
In the championship game the Lady Cougars squared off against the Lady 'Cats of Franklin-Simpson. With Shelby Milam throwing a ton of pitches in the game against Todd County, the coaching staff turned to an 8th grader to stop the mighty 'Lady Cats.
Megan Ferguson came in and baffled, frustrated, and more or less dominated Franklin-Simpson's bats, only allowing one run through five innings.
But the wheels came off in the bottom of the sixth as Logan County couldn't find an answer at the plate and Franklin-Simpson found their groove and rattled off five straight runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
They would hold onto that 6-0 lead and had the Lady Cougars the loss.
But even with the loss the Lady Cougars will still be marching onto the region tournament after taking a one year break last season. They will find out their first round opponents on Saturday morning.
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