January 16, 2019

Sarah Schofield blanks Lady Cavs

(Franklin) — The Lady Braves returned to the comforts of home Wednesday for only the second time this season and shut down the visiting Callaway Cavaliers 4-0 behind a stellar performance on the mound from Sarah Schofield.

The senior pitcher has been the workhorse Coach Matt Hornsby’s squad has needed in the absence of No. 1 pitcher Jordan Watson due to injury.

Schofield pitched seven innings versus the Cavs allowing no runs and only three hits and two walks. It was the second straight night she had a quality start.

On Tuesday, she allowed only one earned run and seven hits over six innings in close 3-1 loss to a strong Northgate team in Newnan. Hornsby says Schofield stepping into the circle has been huge for his girls over the last two weeks.

“With everything that has happened to us this season — all the injuries — Sarah has pretty much, in my opinion, saved our season as far as just our winning mentality goes,” said Horsnby after the Callaway game.

“Coming into the season she knew her role as a back up pitcher, but you know Jordan has never had any injury problems in the last three years she’s been here so none of us thought Sarah would be pitching a lot of innings,” Hornsby added.

“To have a senior step up like Sarah has done is absolutely amazing, and I think every one of our players, coaches, and fans need to go up and give her a big hug and tell her you appreciate it because she has saved us.”

Offensively, juniors Hannah Stephens and Ally Harris led the team Wednesday with two hits apiece.

Senior Lady Brave pitcher Sarah Schofield

Senior Lady Brave pitcher Sarah Schofield

Stephens started it off in the bottom of the second with a long double over the left fielder’s head which drove in two. Harris also doubled, stole a  base and scored two of the four Brave runs.

Aspen Barker also had a nice game with a base hit and two stolen bases.

Alexis “Lucy” Raines has been playing second base frequently since the injury to Taylor Storey. Alyssa Cosper was in right field for the Lady Braves on Wednesday.

The girls went 2-2 at the Trojan Slam tournament in Carrollton last weekend defeating Flowery Branch 3-1 and South Paulding 15-7 while dropping match-ups to Chapel Hill 3-1 and Hillgrove 9-1.

Senior catcher Anna Shelnutt continued her onslaught at the plate this week belting two out of the park at the Trojan Slam including a grand slam versus South Paulding. She also hit a solo shot in Tuesday’s setback to Northgate, her team leading seventh home run of the season.

The Lady Braves will finally open Region 5-AA play Tuesday at home in an uber important match-up with Bowdon.

The JV Lady Braves also were impressive Wednesday knocking off Callaway for the second time this season by a final score of 6-1. Katelyn Jiles got the win once again for Coach Ryan Duffey’s junior squad.

The junior varsity team will host Bremen in a doubleheader on Monday, their last home games of the season. They and the varsity both travel to Pike County on Wednesday to face the Pirates.


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