September 16, 2021

HCMS Lady Brave softball off to a strong 5-0 start

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Middle School softball team is off to another hot start as the three time defending West Georgia Small School Champions aim for a record fourth straight crown.

The Lady Braves defeated Bowdon and Villa Rica this week to push the squad’s season record to 5-0. In Monday’s win at Bowdon, a strong start on the mound by seventh grader Ariauna Brice led the way as she struck out 16 Red Devilette hitters.

Brice has struck out 29 over 11 innings pitched during her two starts. Leading the team in wins is another seventh grader Kinley Smith.

Smith has won all three of her starts this season and has exhibited excellent control, issuing just three walks while striking out 15. Smith has only allowed three base hits in her eight innings of work while allowing just two earned runs. She earned the win in Thursday’s 18-2 road win at Villa Rica.

Ariauna Brice crosses the plate during a win over Mt. Zion at HCMS

Brice (1.09) and Smith (1.50) both currently sport earned run averages of less than two.

Offensively, several Lady Braves are having big season including eighth grade catcher Makenlie Lasseter.

Lasseter leads the team in hitting with an .800 average including three doubles, a triple, and six RBI’s.

Opposing pitchers have not been fond of pitching to the Lady Brave catcher as she also leads the squad with 10 walks.

Kailey Blair has been the top run producer for head Coach Trevor Spradlin’s team with nine runs batted in. Blair has two doubles and a triple and has scored seven times.

In addition to her mound work, Brice has also been valuable at the plate with seven base hits and eight walks for an average of .778.

Andi Spradlin has been strong at the plate hitting .429 with three hits, five walks, and seven runs scored.

Other offensive standouts have included Maddie Denney (9 RBI’s, 6 Runs, 2 Steals), Sarah Hannah (5 RBI’s, 4 Runs), and D.J. Caouette (3 RBI’s, 5 Runs).

Coach Spradlin says the seventh grade pitching duo and the leadership behind the plate have both been crucial to the strong start of the season.

“Overall, these girls have worked hard and gotten progressively better this season. Both of our young pitchers Auna Brice and Kinley Smith have been key for us and our offense has really started to come around over the last week,” says Coach Spradlin.

“Makenlie Lassetter is a work-horse for us behind the plate and the heart and soul of our team. She has been walked an awful bunch but when she has gotten the chance she has been hitting it hard every time.”

The team will be back in action next week as they host Temple Tuesday and Carrollton Thursday. Both games will be played at HCMS on Old Field Road with first pitch times slated for 5:00 PM each day.

Other members of the 2020 edition of the HCMS Lady Braves include Ally Watkins, Ella Coleman, Layla Elkins, Trinitee Owens, Emma Lawson, Hannah Henry, Haylee Amoson, Kassi Hannah, KeNaria Pless, Pam Vazquez, and Stephanie Thomaston.

Assistant coaches are Dalton Reed, Kelly Hadley, and Jasmine Jacobs Spradlin.

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