DALLAS — The Godley Lady Cats overpowered Dallas Carter for a 24-2 win in five innings in a Class 4A bi-district playoff battle at Forester Field.
Godley sent a clear message early on who the better team was with nine runs in the first inning as the first eight Lady Cat batters reached base.
The Lady Cats added to that lead with four runs in the second, six runs in the third and five more in the fourth to claim a bi-district championship in run-rule fashion.
“I think any time you can get a playoff win and get the jitters out of the way ... it gets you on the right track and hopefully builds momentum going forward,” Godley Coach Rus Mayes said. “I like where we are right now. At the beginning of the year, we were on a roller coaster ride and lost some games we shouldn’t have lost. The games we lost in district were against good teams like Venus. We played well, we just didn’t get a couple wins there. But I like how we’re playing, hopefully we can keep that momentum going.”
Seven batters recorded multi-hit nights for the Lady Cats, who pounded out nine extra-base hits and two home runs as Godley received big-time contributions from up and down its lineup.
Kenzie Mayes had a memorable night with a 3-for-3, five-RBI performance with two runs scored to lead the way. Kenzie Stotts went 4-for-5 with four runs, a triple and one RBI. Carrie Ford and Tatem Bullard each went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs with Bullard hitting a home run and double. Skylar Tew finished the night 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk with a home run. Cadence Chambliess went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs and two walks. And Brysen Bartley drew four walks, scored three runs and added two RBIs.
The Lady Cats also drew 17 walks as a team and stole 18 bases, led by three steals each from Bartley, Chambliess, Ford and Stotts.
Chambliess got the start in circle and pitched three perfect innings with seven strikeouts for the win.
Godley, which finished second in District 11-4A play, improved to 15-11-2 overall.
In the Class 4A area playoffs, the Lady Cats will face the winner of Aubrey vs. Kennedale. Aubrey took a 1-0 series lead with a 4-3 win Thursday.
“Either team is going to pose a threat,” Mayes said. “We’ve played Kennedale before and got a win early but they were on a streak of winning 14 of 16 games until [Thursday] night. Aubrey’s always solid. They’re a traditional softball power. They ended up fourth place in district but they’re not a true fourth-place team. We have to wait and see which one comes out and we’ll try to match up best we can.”
The Lady Cats have scored at least 10 runs in five of their past six outings — the only exception a 1-0 loss to Venus on April 19 — and if Godley can continue consistently getting hits with runners in scoring position, Mayes likes their chances at a nice playoff run.
“I think the key to our playoff run would be consistency and timely hitting,” Mayes said. “That’s something we’ve struggled with at times is we get people on base but we don’t always get the clutch hit. So timely hitting and solid defense is always a recipe for success.”