August 20, 2018

Seniors lead Lady Braves to exciting win over Central

(Franklin) — Coach Matt Hornsby could not have scripted a better Senior Night outcome than the actual one that took place Wednesday night at HHS.

A large crowd not only had the chance to honor the senior class but also witness one of the most exciting home games in recent memory, a 2-1 win over Class AAA Central of Carrollton.

Senior Alexis “Lucy” Raines provided all the needed offense with a 2-run blast in the bottom of the fourth inning and another senior, center fielder Johanna Beyer, ended the game by gunning down the potential tying run at the plate by just inches in the top half of the seventh.

On the mound, two more seniors combined on a five-hitter against a strong Lady Lion line-up.

2015 Lady Brave Seniors (L-R): Katie Minix, Madison Whitehead, Anna Shelnutt, Jordan Watson, Alexis Raines, Sarah Schofield, Johanna Beyer (Photo: Penny Hood)

2015 Lady Brave Seniors (L-R): Katie Minix, Madison Whitehead, Anna Shelnutt, Jordan Watson, Alexis Raines, Sarah Schofield, Johanna Beyer (Photo: Penny Hood)

Jordan Watson returned to the circle for the first time in several weeks and looked very sharp coming off her injured shoulder. Watson pitched two innings with no hits and four strikeouts including the side in the first.

Sarah Schofield came on in the third and was solid once again tossing five innings and allowing only one run on five hits with just one walk.

Beyer’s season long hot hitting continued as she went 3-for-3 with a single, a double, and a triple, just a homer away from the cycle.

The team had seven hits against Central pitcher Emily Williams, an improvement over only one when the teams first met earlier this season. The Lady Braves also won that game 1-0.

“That was awesome right there,” said Hornsby after the game. “We have been hurt all year and then Jordan gets cleared a couple of days ago and you know we only planned to let her throw an inning and maybe an out or two but she got through two shut-out innings. The last girl she got to hit into the double play was her last batter no matter what happened.”

The Lady Braves ended two innings with double plays on defense. Hornsby was also proud of Schofield, who has carried a big load in Watson’s absence.

“What else can you say about Sarah Schofield, added Hornsby. “We knew that if she was healthy and we could get the strep throat gone — she was going to be just like a number one pitcher — just like she has pitched the last several weeks. To allow one run against that offense tonight is just impressive.”

The head coach was also complimentary of the senior class as a whole after the game.

“Heck of a job with Jordan getting on base and then Lucy connecting with one on Senior Night giving us a big win right there,” Hornsby said. “I tell you what just about every one of our seniors stepped up and contributed in that game. You take any of them out of the line-up and we might not win that game.”

Senior Alexis "Lucy" Raines hit a 2-run HR in the 2-0 win over Central

Senior Alexis “Lucy” Raines hit a 2-run HR in the 2-0 win over Central

The Lady also faced a Region 5-AA opponent, Manchester, Wednesday afternoon before Senior Night. The game was played as a part of the two team doubleheader after being rained out Tuesday.

The Lady Braves moved to 2-1 in region play with a 14-2 four inning win over the Lady Blue Devils. Freshman Haley Bennett tossed the complete game allowing no earned runs on just three hits with seven K’s.

At the plate, Raines had another big game going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Aspen Barker, Beyer, and Hannah Sanders each had two hits. Sanders dealt the big blow with a 2-run HR in the first inning. She also had four RBI’s.

The Lady Braves travel to Bremen tomorrow for the final Region 5-AA showdown (5:30) with the Blue Devils. With the Lady Braves recent loss to Bowdon, scenarios still exist where Bremen, Bowdon, or Heard could host the region tournament next Saturday, October 10.

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