Cadie Beth Gates

North Pontotoc pitcher Cadie Beth Gates recorded 13 strikeouts to help lead the Lady Vikings to a 7-0 win over Water Valley.

ECRU– The Lady Vikings (7.4, 1-0) shut out Water Valley 7-0 at home last Tuesday to open division play. Pitcher Cadie Beth Gates threw a complete game with 13 strike outs, while Lindsey Coffey went 4 for 4 at the plate with a home run, triple and 2 RBI.

“We had a lot of girls step up and hit the ball tonight," said North Pontotoc head coach Cee Cee Cavanaugh. "Cadie Beth struck out 13, which is a great day on the mound, and our defense worked tonight. We are just playing together as a team right now. We have some players who are struggling at the plate, and we have some others who are picking them up and it showed tonight.”

Water Valley led off with a single, and then Gates struck two Lady Blue Devils to close out the top of the first. Coffey led off the bottom of the first with a home run to give North a 1-0 lead. Karley Robbins and Ava Merritt followed her with singles, and then Anna Grace Coomer and Brooke McBrayer drove them in with singles as well to make it 3-0. Gates then retired 10 more batters, a total of 12 straight, until the top of the 5th inning.

In the fourth inning Coffey hit a single, and two batters later she stole third base and came home after an errant throw to give North a 4-0 lead. Coffey also drilled an RBI triple that scored Haisley Coker in the sixth inning. Robbins then drove her in with a single, and Merritt drove home Robbins with a triple of her own to make it 7-0. Gates then closed out the top half of the seventh inning with two more strikeouts to shut out Water Valley.

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