Ladycats Take Sectional Crown

By Payton Shays
Record Sportswriter

The New London Wildcat softball team took a sectional crown on Thursday night at home against Buckeye Central.

Monday night the Ladycats began their tournament run and defeated Mansfield Christian in the sectional semi-finals and began their first conference match up with Plymouth on Tuesday night before getting rain delayed in the fourth.

Monday night the Ladycats won their first tournament game over the Flames in six innings with a 12-2 victory to advance to sectional finals.

New London’s two seniors, Rylee Haswell and Alyssa Hartman, led the Wildcat’s offensive charge.

Hartman finished the night with three RBI’s, two runs scored, and a triple to center field. Haswell added one RBI, three runs scored, and three singles.

Gabby Ledbetter pitched through the fifth inning and took the win in the circle with Kathy VanGilder coming in to close the game.

Ledbetter finished with only allowing five hits and two runs.

Tuesday night the Ladycats began their conference showdown with the Plymouth Big Red and played through four innings.

The Cats have to defeat the Big Red in a sweep to take a share of the conference crown.

The Ladycats trail 6-2 to the Big Red through four innings and will continue their game this week.

The Cats are scheduled to face off against the Big Red in the district semi-finals on Tuesday night before finishing a game in the regular season with them.

The Cats were down 6-0 before the downpour came. Ashley Parr and VanGilder plated two runs just before the game was suspended.

VanGilder was in the circle for the Cats.

Thursday night the Ladycats defeated the Buckeye Central Buckets for their first sectional title in two years.

The final score on the night was 2-1 with a Ladycat victory for their final home field game.

VanGilder took the win in the circle again. This victory moved the team to an overall record of 14-7 for the year.

Elizabeth Logan and Alyssa Hartman plated the Ladycat’s two runs.

Hartman scored on a sacrifice fly from Breanna Wilson.

Logan scored with two outs in the sixth inning after multiple errors on a bunt from Chey Liss to put New London in the lead.

The Ladycats are scheduled to play Plymouth in the district semi-finals on Tuesday night at Shelby at 6 pm.

The Cats also play Mapleton for a conference regular season make-up game on Saturday.

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