(Franklin, GA) -With temperatures dropping into the upper 50s at game time so did the 10U Lady Braves dropping their first loss of the 2012 fall campaign. Coach Melissa Jones said, “It is not our goal just to win games but to teach our girls fundamentally sound softball.”
The team has been working with Emily Shelnutt, Caroline Jones, Katelyn Giles and Britney Grayley at pitcher and last night Grayley got her first start. She pitched two innings allowing several runs while gaining invaluable experience in the circle.
This was completely new to Grayley as she has been a solid mainstay behind the dish playing catcher. Her talent at catcher makes it difficult for opposing base runners to steal bases.
The Braves were facing a re-match with their opening day opponent, Carroll County Silver who they defeated 7-5, but an improved Silver squad showed up at the Heard County field.
Defensively, the bright spot of the evening came in the top of the second when Carroll County loaded the bases with only one out. The next batter hit a squib grounder to Grayley at pitcher who rushed home to field the ball, step on the plate and then threw to Caroline Jones at third base to complete a very impressive double play that sent the sparse crowd into a fanatical frenzy.
On the offensive side of the ball, several Lady Braves were productive at the plate; however, it proved to be a difficult task to string hits together to produce runs such as the team has been accustomed to doing. Grayley completed her strong evening of work with triple down the first base line driving in two runs while Alexis Dunn followed up with a single putting yet another Brave score on the board.
Despite the great effort by the Braves team, on a very chilly outing, they ended up on the losing end 15-4. The loss drops their record to 3-1-1. Last week the Lady Braves fought to a 15-15 tie with the Carroll County Royal team in a game that saw over twenty combined base-on-balls.