(Carrollton, GA) — The Lady Braves lost a tough 2-1 contest to the defending AAA state runner-up Central Lions in Carrollton Wednesday after Kayla Sales plated Cassie Griffin with a near perfect walk-off bunt in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Lions forced the game into the international tie-breaker after scoring another run in the bottom of the sixth on a bunt.
The Lady Braves had held the 1-0 lead for much of the game when senior shortstop Cali Harrod drove home Madison Whitehead in the top of the third inning.
The Braves received a major scare in the top of the second as star pitcher Jordan Watson was hit on her non throwing hand while batting. She appeared to be in a lot of pain as she continued during the next few innings, but fortunately she was able to finish out the game.
Jordan Watson pitched well despite pain and swelling in her left hand after being hit by a pitch early
“Jordan had a lot of swelling but luckily it was more of a glancing blow. She is tough as can be,” said Coach Matt Hornsby. “A lot of girls would have said I have to have ice — I am done — but Jordan knows she is our horse and we need her. She battled through for us.”
The win served as revenge for the Lions after the Lady Braves had defeated them four straight times over the last two seasons.
Senior Lion ace Taylor Funk was extremely sharp all day allowing just three hits and striking out 11, while Watson was nearly as impressive allowing only five hits and pitching through obvious pain. Both pitchers went the distance.
Doctors confirmed Thursday morning that Watson had no serious damage and she is questionable to pitch in this weekend’s Allatoona tournament.
The Lady Braves will face some of the toughest competition in the state in the tourney with games versus AAAAAA schools North Cobb (5:15) and Milton (7:00) at North Cobb High School on Friday and tilts versus AAAAAA Kennesaw Mountain (9:00) and Etowah (11:30) on Saturday morning at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
The Lady Braves are currently ranked #2 in the state in Class AA by the AJC.