The Fort Payne Lady Wildcats won a pair of games by mercy over DeKalb County foes on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the Lady Wildcats tamed the Geraldine Lady Bulldogs on the road by a score of 11-0 in five innings. Fort Payne then returned home Tuesday and defeated the Ider Lady Hornets 11-1 in five innings.
The pair of wins capped off Fort Payne’s regular season with a 4-game winning streak. The Lady Wildcats will play with their season on the line Tuesday against Albertville in the 6A, Area 13 Tournament at Oxford. The winner of that matchup will advance to the North Regional, which will be in Florence at Coffee O’Neal Park.
Here are recaps of both blowout wins for Fort Payne:
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Addison Eason struck out two, walked one and gave up no runs on four hits in another shutout win for Fort Payne.
Eason helped her own cause in the top of the first Monday when she followed a Laci Blankenship double with an RBI single to right field.
Fort Payne then batted around in the second inning, which saw them plate six more runs.
Anna McElrath led off that inning with a double and Jadyn Huskey singled to put runners at the corners.
Braden Barksdale and Taylor Camp then reached on back-to-back errors by Geraldine before Blankenship ripped her second double in as many innings to make the score 5-0.
Eason was then hit by a pitch. Emily Ellis later singled home Blankenship and Eason’s courtesy runner, Lilly Jackson, scored on a groundout from Madison Medckie to cap off the rally.
Fort Payne drew three walks in the fourth and stretched their lead to 11 after Huskey and Camp lined a pair of 2-RBI singles to make the score 11-0.
Huskey and Blankenship both had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs each in the win.
Ellis was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Camp batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.
Jaden Dismuke led the Lady Bulldogs’ lineup batting 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Gracey Johnson and Lilly Rowell added one hit each for Geraldine.
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Eason struck out five and walked one while giving up one run on five hits in Tuesday’s runaway win over Ider.
Fort Payne took the lead for good in their half of the first when Camp led off with a single, stole second and scored while Blankenship reached on an error.
Hannah Buffington drove in Blankenship with an RBI single two batters later to put Fort Payne ahead 2-0 early.
The Lady ‘Cats added a run in the second on an RBI double from Camp before exploding for eight more runs in the bottom of the third.
That inning started with a double from Buffington, an RBI single from Ellis and a 2-run homer over the left-field wall from Medckie to make the score 6-0.
McElrath then singled stole second before Barksdale drove her in with an RBI single to left field.
Camp then walked and Eason later drove in two with a double to left field.
Buffington followed with an RBI triple and her courtesy runner, Presley Smith, scored a batter later when Ellis singled her home for the second time in the inning and capped off Fort Payne’s scoring spree.
Ider plated their lone run in the fourth when Erin Pruett doubled home Brianna Smith to make the score 11-1.
Buffington was 3-for-3 at the plate and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. She drove in two RBIs.
Camp, Ellis, Medckie and McElrath all had 2-for-3 days at the plate and combined to score five runs and drove in four RBIs.
Blankenship was 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. Huskey and Barksdale had a hit and a run scored each.