The Cairo Lady Cats and Salisbury Lady Panthers will again meet for a district title after both teams were victorious in the Class 1 District 4 semifinals Monday night.
Cairo scored early and often in an 18-4 win over Silex.
Austin Ward with the call on Glory 97.3 and centralmoinfo.com. The Lady Cats put up three runs in each of the first three frames.
Silex cut into the deficit with four runs in the bottom of the third but Cairo responded in the top of the fourth by sending 13 batters to the plate and adding nine more runs. Coach Jennifer Matthews said it all came together.
Chloe Brumley went 3-for-3 with a walk and finished a double shy of the cycle. Olivia Cross and Paige Westhues both went 3-for-4. Cross picked up the win in the circle, giving up four runs, nine hits and striking out five.
Salisbury also used a quick start in a 13-0 shutout of Clopton.
The Lady Panthers scored in every inning they came to the plate. Schiltz added an RBI double in the second. Julia Sloan had three hits. Grace Gebhardt went 3-for-3 and also tossed the five-inning shutout, surrendering three hits, three walks and striking out four. Coach Nate King believes they are playing close to their best.
King shares the keys to the district title game.
Salisbury has won a district title eight of the last nine seasons. This is the 10th straight season Cairo will play for a district championship. Matthews says the Lady Cats have to take a simple approach.
It’ll be the fifth time in six years the two programs meet for a district title with Salisbury winning all four prior meetings. The last two have been decided by one run. Cairo beat Salisbury 9-6 earlier this season.
Cairo coach Jennifer Matthews:
Salisbury coach Nate King: