August 14, 2018

JV Lady Braves Sink Pirates

The 2014 JV Lady Braves -- (Front Row L-R): Lacey Hindman, Brittany Scarborough, Alexis Nelms. (Back Row L-R): Coach Ryan Duffey, Jayda Holley, Anna Cosper, Shealyn Sumner, Emily Iddins, and Coach Kelley Hadley. (Not pictured: JV/Varsity players Hattie Yarbrough, Aspen Barker, Ally Harris, Katie Minix, and  Sarah Schofield)

The 2014 JV Lady Braves — FRONT ROW (L-R): Lacey Hindman, Brittany Scarborough, Alexis Nelms. BACK ROW (L-R): Coach Ryan Duffey, Jayda Holley, Anna Cosper, Shealyn Sumner, Emily Iddins, and Coach Kelley Hadley. (Not pictured: JV/Varsity players Hattie Yarbrough, Aspen Barker, Ally Harris, Katie Minix, and Sarah Schofield)

(Franklin) — The junior varsity Lady Braves finished off a strong season at home Wednesday afternoon where they knocked off the visiting Pike County Pirates 2-1 in six innings of play.

Sophomore Hattie Yarbrough gave a solid effort on the mound giving up only a single run to the Lady Pirates.

On offense the Lady Braves scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning which would be all they would need. Ally Harris started with a single and then scored on a Yarbrough single. First baseman Shealyn Sumner then drove home the eventual game-winning run with another single.

It was the second time the Lady Braves knocked off the Class AAAA Pirates this season.

The junior varsity squad faced their toughest competition of all time this season thanks to the challenging schedule of the varsity team but fared well overall knocking off several quality opponents including Carrollton, Northgate, and Bremen in addition to a tie with AAAAAA East Coweta at home.

Junior varsity coach Ryan Duffey was proud of the girls effort throughout the season.

“We had a bunch of young girls this season on JV including some that had never played softball before and several that just came over from the middle school an to be honest they were thrown straight into the fire with the schedule that Coach Hornsby lined up for us,” said Duffey.

“We faced some of the top teams in the state from Class AA through Class AAAAAA and our girls jumped right in there and battled. As the season wore on this great group of girls continued to work hard and got better and better. The team chemistry was awesome and it was great to see how the girls picked each other up and pushed each other.”

“Hattie Yarbrough, Sarah Schofield, and Anna Cosper all pitched well on the mound for us this season,” said Duffey. “Aspen Barker, Ally Harris, Shealynn Sumner and the rest of the older girls that played last year did a good job of being leaders and role models to the younger girls on the team which was a big help.There was not one individual we depended on.”

Lady Braves 6, Pirates 1

(Franklin) — In the varsity game the Lady Braves extended their winning to streak to five games with a 6-1 win over the Pirates.

Jordan Watson allowed just one run to the Pirates and senior Cali Harrod had a strong game at the plate.

Harrod sparked the offense when right away when she led off the game with a homer.

Anna Shelnutt drove home Harrod in the third inning with a sacrifice fly for the second run.

The Lady Braves broke it open in a big way in the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored four runs. Watson, Alexis Raines, and Johanna Beyer each had RBI’s while Hannah Stephens had a key sacrifice bunt.

The Lady Braves travel to Temple today for another region 5-AA clash with the first pitch at 5:00.

 

 

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