November 17, 2017

Home Runs Power Lady Braves over Devilettes

Lady Brave sophomore 3rd baseman Hannah Sanders is greeted at home plate by her teammates after a huge 3-Run Homer in the top of the fifth inning

Lady Brave sophomore 3rd baseman Hannah Sanders is greeted at home plate by her teammates after a huge 3-Run Homer in the top of the fifth inning.

(Bowdon, GA) — The Lady Braves moved to 2-0 in Region 5-AA play Tuesday with a convincing 6-1 win road over the Bowdon Red Devilettes in Bowdon.

Head Coach Matt Hornsby wanted his line-up to put at least a run on the board in the top of the first and that they did and better as they scored three. The big blast in the first was a 2-run homer off the bat of junior pitcher Jordan Watson.

“I told the girls before the game that our main goal was to get something in our first at bat to build some momentum and they were able to respond,” said Hornsby.

Bowdon’s offense was able to get one on the board in the first thanks to a run scoring double by their own pitcher Alanna Nunn, but a nice dupe throw to first and tag out by shortstop Cali Harrod on a ground-out ended the rally.

The Lady Braves played well defensively for most of the day with the only runners to reach on errors being taken out by double plays. Watson was at the front end of two double plays from the mound.

Nunn and Watson both managed to hold hitters at bay for the next four innings and the score remained 3-1 headed to the fifth inning.

In the top half of the fifth, the Devilettes tried pitching around Watson to face hot hitting third baseman Hannah Sanders, but Sanders made them pay the price as she hit a 3-run blast over the left field fence. Sanders has been the Lady Braves hottest hitter of late with four homers in her last three games, and five for the season.

Watson shut the Bowdon line-up down over the last three innings to secure the 6-1 win.

“I thought we came out and made good adjustments off their pitcher,” added Hornsby. “She has improved a lot since last year and is getting a lot tougher to hit. We talked about early on in the year that this could be the best line-up we have ever had here at Heard County as long as everybody focuses on their single at bats and not everything else going on around them.”

The Lady Braves return to action today in a non-region home game versus Pike County (6:00 pm) before traveling to Temple on Thursday (5:00 pm) for another region tilt with the Lady Tigers.

The JV team will play their final game of the season today at home versus Pike County prior to the varsity game (4:30 pm).

 

 

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