Hits and runs were scarce in Melbourne's six-inning clash with Flippin in the First National Bank and Trust Fast Pitch Invitational April 5 at Keller Park in Mountain Home.
The Lady Katz managed to scratch out three hits, while Flippin hit safely just four times on the afternoon.
But while they just out-hit Melbourne by one, the Lady Bobcats managed to come up big when things were tilted in their favor, as Flippin edged Melbourne 2-1 in pool play action from the tournament.
A scoreless tie after four-and-a-half innings of play, Flippin broke the ice in the home-half of the fifth.
The Lady Bobcats started off their at-bat in the fifth with a single off Lady Bearkatz reliever Maggie Cooper. After Cooper fanned the next Flippin batter, the Lady Bobcats scored the first run of the contest on an RBI-double.
Flippin then went up 2-0 with a steal of home one batter later.
In two innings of work on the hill for Melbourne, Maggie Cooper gave up three hits while fanning two.
Down a pair of runs and facing their last three outs of the game, the Lady Katz got busy in the top of the sixth inning.
Whitney Wammack got on board after being hit by a pitch and then stole second to move into scoring position.
Emily Carroll made sure Wammack wasn't on second long, as she hit a hot shot to center that plated Wammack for Melbourne's first run of the afternoon.
Abbi Miller then drew a walk off Flippin hurler Ashley Trivitt, but that was as close as Melbourne could get, with Trivitt ending the game with a strikeout, giving the Lady Bobcats a 2-1 victory. Trivett gave up three hits while walking four and striking out 11 for Flippin.
Flippin was poised to move ahead in both the third and fourth innings, moving runners to third base in each frame with one out.
But in the third, Olivia Morris, the Lady Katz' starting hurler, came up big by racking up back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning with a Lady Bobcat stuck on third.
In the fourth, it was Maggie Cooper's turn to keep Flippin's runner from third stuck on the bag. She got a strikeout and then groundout to keep the Lady Bobcats from scoring in the fourth.
Morris allowed just one hit while fanning three in three innings.
At the dish, Morris delivered a single, while Maggie Cooper racked up a double for Melbourne.