December 9, 2018

Lady Braves shut out Cavs

(Franklin, GA) — The Lady Braves used some timely hitting and solid pitching to knock off Region 5-AA rival Callaway 8-0 in six innings at HHS Thursday afternoon.

Freshman Katelyn Jiles pitched four innings to earn her fifth win of the season while allowing four hits and no walks to the Lady Cavs.

Following Jiles on the mound were sophomores Sydney Gay and Mallory Galloway who each tossed a scoreless inning in relief to combine for the team shut-out.

Offensively, senior Ally Harris continued to be the team’s leading run producer including her hard hit RBI double that ended the game in walk-off fashion via the mercy rule. Harris was 3-for-4 on the day with two doubles and leads the team in RBI’s for the season with 23 and leads the team in hitting with a .422 average.

Freshman outfielder Hannah Holden ahd a nice day at the plate in the 8-0 win over Callaway going 2-for-3 with three RBI's.

Freshman outfielder Hannah Holden had a solid hitting performance in the 8-0 win going 2-for-3 with three RBI’s.

Freshman outfielder Hannah Holden also had a big day for the Lady Braves going 2-for-3 with three RBI’s. Senior Hannah Sanders also tallied two base hits in the win.

The defense for the Lady Braves was also excellent behind the pitchers.

Right fielder Ally Harris robbed a couple of hits from Lady Cav batters with quick throws to first base on what appeared to be singles to the outfield.

“Ally does a really good job with her footwork out there which is so key to being able to make those plays from right field,” said Coach Matt Hornsby.

It was the second big win over the neighboring rivals from the south and leaves the squad just three wins away from earning home field advantage for the Region 5-AA tournament scheduled for October 8.

After this weekend’s big program triple header versus Wesleyan at Gwinnett College, Coach Hornsby’s squad will close out the regular season next week.

The girls will face a Region 5-AA doubleheader at Jordan on Tuesday and the final non-region home game (Senior Night) versus Central on Wednesday before traveling to Lamar County on Thursday with the No. 1 seed for the region tourney likely on the line.

“We started off a little slow at the plate, but made really good adjustments later in the game,” said Hornsby.

“Our pitchers did fantastic today — maybe the best they have thrown all year. Having other pitching options and being able to play Bennett at second base really helps us out a lot. We have much more pitching depth than we have had in years past which will be important come playoff time.”

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