May 15, 2021

Lady Brave season ends at Rockmart

(Rockmart, GA) — The 2017 softball season came to an end for the Lady Braves at Rockmart Wednesday as they were swept in a doubleheader by the No. 1 ranked team in the state by final scores of 12-0 and 17-2.

The Lady Braves (14-16) knew the match-up versus the Yellow Jackets (31-2) would already be difficult but the challenge became even greater with the loss of infielder and pitcher sophomore Katelyn Jiles to a freak injury Tuesday evening.

Jiles suffered a fractured and torn ligaments in her foot while walking after Tuesday’s practice. Freshman pitcher Dara O’Neal was also unable to make the trip due to an illness.

Sophomore Hannah Holden saw some rare action at pitcher in game two Wednesday

The Yellow Jackets showed a lot of firepower at the plate hitting several long homers during the series sweep.

Coach Matt Hornsby was hoping for a better outcome versus the Jackets but pleased to see his team battle back from a rough patch mid-season to get a No. 2 seed in the region and advance to the Sweet 16.

“The bottom line is nothing went right for us today and everything went right for them — they were better than us in every facet of the game,” said Hornsby after the game.

“They are a very good team and they have a good shot at winning the state title if they keep playing like they did tonight. The injuries forced us to try and move some players around in the lineup and at positions they weren’t comfortable with was tough. With that being said these girls really came back and fought hard the last month of the season to contend of a region title and I am very proud of them.”

Hornsby will have almost the entire team back next season and a talented group of eighth graders will be added to the mix but he says his two seniors will be sorely missed by the program.

“We are really going to miss our two seniors Anna Cosper and Brittany Scarborough next year,” stated Hornsby.

“Those are two of the classiest girls and best teammates you could ever ask for. Whether they were in the lineup or not they were always up cheering for their teammates and that is something our underclassmen can really learn from — I wish we could have them both back for four more years.”

All of the Region 5-AA teams were eliminated Wednesday meaning the region will not be represented in Columbus next week.

Other Class AA teams that did advance with sweeps included Banks County, Monticello, Armuchee, and Harlem.

Dodge County/Vidalia, Screven County/Bacon County, and Bleckley County/Berrien County all split and will fight it out in game three match-ups today.

Carrollton, Bowdon, and East Coweta did advance to Columbus in their respective classifications.


  1. Patty Jiles says

    So proud of these girls! Fighters until the very end!

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