July 24, 2021

Softball Round-Up: JV, HCMS Lady Braves score big wins

2020 HCMS Lady Brave 8th graders prior to Wednesday’s 5-0 home win over Bowdon (L-R): KeNaria Pless, Sarah Hannah, Makenlie Lasseter, Hannah Henry, and Maddie Denney (Photo courtesy of Ashley Lasseter)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Middle School Lady Braves softball team recognized its five 8th grade players prior to Wednesday’s home game versus rival Bowdon.

The Lady Braves rounded out the day’s celebration with a 5-0 win over the Red Devilettes to earn the top seed for next week’s middle school championship tournament.

Starting pitcher Kinley Smith led the way for the Lady Braves with a complete game shutout.

In her six innings of work, Smith allowed just two hits and walked none while striking out six hitters.

At the plate, Kailey Blair led the way with two base hits, two runs scored, and one RBI. Smith, Maddie Denney, and Sarah Hannah each drove home one run.

The HCMS Lady Braves will host the championship semifinals on Wednesday with the two winners meeting in the middle school championship game on Thursday.

JV Lady Braves 15, East Coweta JV 8

The junior varsity Lady Braves earned a very impressive victory at East Coweta Wednesday. The JV Lady Braves erupted for 13 runs in the top of the fourth inning to secure the big win over an East Coweta JV squad. The JV Indians had not lost a game in several years.

Head junior varsity coach Jud Jones was very pleased with the huge win for the younger Lady Braves.

“This win really goes to Chasity Kates coming in late and pitching for us. She threw like we know she can throw versus that really tough line-up,” said Coach Jones after the game.

“We also did our job at the plate to put it in play and cause them to kick it around a bit. We were just able to roll with the momentum and I think we caught them off guard really.”

Brailey Watkins and Aubree Ussery each had three hits to lead the squad offensively.

East Coweta 9, Lady Braves 1

In varsity action, the Lady Braves fell to the nationally ranked Indians by a final score of 9-1 in five innings.

Mackenzie White led the offense for the Lady Braves with two hits including a solo homer, her 9th of the season, in the top of the first inning.

The Lady Braves were rained out at Temple Thursday, but will play the rescheduled Region 5-AA game this afternoon at Temple at 4:00 PM. The varsity girls will play three games at home next week including a big Region 5-AA rematch versus Haralson County at 5:30 PM Tuesday.

The Rebels handed the Lady Braves their only region loss of the season on Sept. 10 at Tallapoosa. The Lady Braves will also host Bowdon Monday (6:00 PM) and Lamar County Thursday (5:30 PM) at HCHS in Franklin.

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