A day after going 2-0 in pool-play games of the Kell Invitational, the Lady Longhorns suffered through three straight losses in the tournament's gold bracket, culminating in a 9-0 no-hit defeat against Cherokee at Sandy Plains Park.
The Lady Warriors (4-1) connected for 13 hits to overwhelm Kell (2-3).
Everyone in Cherokee's lineup had at least one hit. Bree Wells batted 2-for-4 and scored three runs, while Brianne Welch was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Jessica Jones and Samantha Young had identical 2-for-3 games with a run and an RBI and Macey Phillips was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
Kell coach and tournament organizer Kristy Simpson had to shuffle the event's schedule after three teams joined the lineup early last week. With the additions, the winner of Pool A, which happened to be Kell, was forced to play three straight mid-afternoon games Saturday.
"We were worn out," Simpson said after the loss to Cherokee, which followed losses to Walton and Allatoona. "This was the final game of three straight games for us (Saturday) and we just couldn't get it done. We practically had our whole junior varsity team out there, so it is what it is. After five games, at least we know what our weaknesses are and we can work on those."
Reeves, who was 1-for-2 with an RBI from the plate, was perfect through four innings before issuing a leadoff walk to Kell pinch-hitter Katie Konberger in the top of the fifth. A wild pitch sent Konberger to second, but Reeves struck out the side to end the inning.
"She did a fine job," Simpson said of Reeves' performance.
Cherokee jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. The Lady Warriors totaled four runs on six hits in the inning as Wells, Welch, Jones and Phillips all scored. Reeves' single to center scored Wells from third. Phillips' one-out double then plated Welch and Jones before Young's two-out single scored Phillps to cap the outburst.
Kell pitcher Molly LaPalm, who allowed all nine runs on 13 hits, kept Cherokee off the board in the second and third innings, only to see the Lady Warriors heat up again with two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth.
"We did a really nice job getting the bats going in this game," Cherokee coach Tonya Carlisle said. "It was a good way to end the week."
Kell will look to right the ship Tuesday at first-year north Fulton school Johns Creek.