The Hope Ladycats posted victory on the diamond Wednesday night in their return to home softball competition against the Prescott Lady Wolves 16-15 in a competitive non-conference affair at Ladycat Stadium.

The Hope Ladycats posted victory on the diamond Wednesday night in their return to home softball competition against the Prescott Lady Wolves 16-15 in a competitive non-conference affair at Ladycat Stadium. 

The home team Hope jumped out to an early quick lead to an 8-2 through the third inning to build momentum, then sparked for seven runs across home plate in the fourth inning. With Hope leading 15-3, Prescott answered back for a huge rally by cutting their deficit to post an eight run inning in the fifth and the Ladycats held to one run scored.

After five innings of softball action, the Ladycats led Prescott 15-11 going into the sixth inning. Prescott added four more runs scored in the top of the sixth to only trail Hope by one run 16-15 going into seventh inning. In the top of the seventh, Hope had to rely on their defense and held Prescott without a run to prevail for the win in their first of two game season schedule series. 

The Ladycats sparked for a season-high 16 runs on nine hits. Prescott also sparked for their season-high 15 runs on 12 hits to win the batting battle in their second game of the season. 

Ladycats' Andria Curtis, Morgan Gray and Zymesha Lee each recorded two hits apiece with Phillips having a double. Ally Fincher and Kaley Green each had a hit apiece. Tristen Jones sparked for four RBI's, Gray had three RBI's, Phillips and Curtis each had two RBI's apiece and Mayra Garcia drove in one run for an RBI.

Making trips to home plate for scores shaw Phillips scoring four runs, Curtis with three runs, Jones, Green and Lee each scored two runs apiece, Emily Zimmer, Fincher and Garcia each scored a run apiece.

Phillips each had four stolen bases, Jones and Curtis each had two and Lee had one stolen base. 

At the pitcher's circle, Phillips recorded the win, struck out four batters, walked six, three earned runs and three 91 strikes in seven inning of work. 

Today, the Ladycats travel to Magnolia to face rivals' Lady Panthers in conference play.

The Ladycats return to more softball play next week at home hosting Hot Springs and Camden-Fairview for conference play at Ladycat Stadium at Fair Park.