Lady Cats Beat Sedalia

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
It was a reunion of longtime friends as Warsaw hosted Sedalia Smith Cotton last Thursday at Bledsoe West Ferry Sports Complex.  Sedalia’s first year new Head Coach Megan Palmer is a Warsaw graduate, having played on the state championship team some eight years ago. Warsaw’s Assistant Coach Kelli Eierman was also a member of the championship team and is a close friend of Palmer.
Warsaw’s Head Coach Steve Larson commented, “Megan has done a great job. Her girls have improved a lot since this summer. I would love to see the school and community give her the support she deserves. She knows what she’s doing and I’m not just saying this because she played for me.”
The Lady Cats would jump on the Lady Tigers early by scoring three in the first in route to a 10-0 five inning victory. They are now 20-3 and are preparing for the district playoffs next Thursday in Lamar. Warsaw is seeded first and would host a district game here in Warsaw next Wednesday should they be victorious in the tourney. 
Coach Larson commented, “We’ve played 23 games in a short period of time and it comes down to win or you go home. We’re not ready to do that. We will not try to show our whole hand Thursday in case we play East Newton. Bottom line is, we have to win Thursday to get to Saturday. The girl’s have worked hard for this moment, it’s time for them to shine. There are a lot of good teams in front of us, every time we play and every time we touch the softball its going to be important.”
In the game on Thursday, Kylee Fajen, pitched another gem, as she allowed no runs on just three hits and struck out five. Their defense was once again flawless as they committed no errors and made several nice plays in the field.
In the first, Rayni Simons would single, Aubrie McRoberts would bunt and Simons would fly to third after stealing second. Reagan Shelby would ground out scoring Simons. Kya Schepker,who went 3-3 with a monster two run home run in the third to left center field, would single in McRoberts, who would race home. Kylee Fajen singled on a pop fly that should had been caught, after Schepker stole second and then scored on the miscue.
After scoring two in the third and two in the fourth thanks to a triple in the right field corner by McRoberts, the Lady Cats would end the game with three in the fifth. Karlie Jones hit a sacrifice fly scoring Schepker ,who walked. Then in a mistake by the coaching staff, Kinsten Cunnigham was called out for an improper lineup change.
Taylor Howe would single in Fajen, who walked. Rayni Simons would then end the game thanks to the ten run rule with a single on a fly ball to left, scoring her younger sister Ambri Simons. Fajen went 3-3 with a ribbie and a run scored. McRoberts went to 2-3 with two ribbies and two runs scored.
Anyone who plays the Lady Cats will face the possibly of opposing three good pitchers, a lot of speed, and an occasional bomb. The Lady Cats are well coached, have a good bench, and several players who can play multiple positions.