Bowling Green goes 1-2 in Copiah Tournament

Published 9:17 am Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bowling Green’s young team got some good experience Saturday, playing three games in the Copiah Tournament.

The Lady Buccaneers finished with a 1-2 record in the event where each game had a one hour and 15 minute time limit.

Bowling Green captured the first game with a 2-1 victory over Amite School Center.

Katelin Junkins had a big game. She had a part in both of Bowling Green’s runs.

Junkins scored the game winner in the sixth inning. She doubled and then later scored on a passed ball, which ended the contest.

Junkins drove in the Lady Bucs’ first run with a single, plating Allie McCain, who walked to reach base.

Junkins recorded two hits in three at bats.

Cailee Fruge was the winning pitcher. She went the distance, allowing no earned runs. Fruge allowed only two hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Bowling Green’s defense also did a good job, committing just two errors.

The second game was a 9-0 loss to Copiah, which is the three-time defending AAA state champion. Bowling Green coach Pat King said they returned eight of their nine starters from last season.

Bowling Green was down 5-0 after five and Copiah scored four times in the sixth after loading the bases with nobody out.

Madison LaSalle led Bowling Green’s offense with a pair of hits, while Allie Jenkins singled and walked for the Lady Bucs.

The final contest was an 8-4 loss to Jackson Prep.

The big story in the finale was Fruge.

The freshman got hold of a pitch in the third inning and belted it to straightaway centerfield and over the fence for a two-run homer.

It was the the first for the Lady Bucs this season.

Holly Waskom tallied two hits in three at bats and drove in a ru, while Junkins added an RBI for Bowling Green.

Coach King said the more games his club plays, the better.

“The first game, we battled through an ugly game and won,” King said. “The second game, we had a game against a program at a level that we want to get to. The third game against Jackson Prep was a close game until we gave up the three runs late. We kind of quit at the plate with our hitting the last two innings with the desire to get on base. We kept playing defense and worked hard in the field. We got a lot of good experience. We played some good teams and this will only help our young team as we move forward.”