October 20, 2020

Dara O’Neal pitches HCMS Lady Braves to 6-1 win

(Franklin, GA) — A strong pitching performance from Dara O’Neal and a huge third inning from the offense helped the Lady Braves to a 6-1 win over Bowdon at HCMS Tuesday afternoon.

O’Neal tossed all six innings of the game allowing just three hits to earn the win. The southpaw starter no-hit the Devilettes through the first four innings.

Dara O'Neal gave up just three hits Tuesday afternoon to earn the win

Dara O’Neal gave up just three hits Tuesday afternoon to earn the win

The Lady Braves batted around in the bottom of the third inning to score five runs and break-up a scoreless game.

The big inning featured an RBI double by shortstop Chaple Butler, a two-RBI single from Abigail Lathrop, and RBI hits by Hermonie Garza and Juliann Carpenter.

Beth Taylor and Shelby Oldham also had hits in the inning.

Kayleigh Sumner and Emily Shelnutt had base hits in the fourth that scored the final run for the Lady Braves.

Coach Gavin Porter’s squad also played some quality defense with some nice plays from third baseman Janiyah Strong, shortstop Chaple Butler, and right fielder Juliann Carpenter.

The second win of the season over Bowdon moves the Lady Braves record to 4-3 on the season with a big road game coming up Thursday at Bremen.

The Lady Braves dropped the first game to Bremen earlier this season and will look to bounce back in game two.

“We came out and Dara just did a great job of keeping their offense at bay,” said Coach Gavin Porter after the game. “We finally made some adjustments and got our bats going in the third inning and started hitting some balls hard. Every single girl in our line-up had a hit tonight and that puts a lot of pressure on a defense.”

The HCMS Lady Braves also earned a nice 10-2 win over Mt. Zion last week and battled Wesleyan at Georgia Gwinnett College on Saturday as part of the program triple-header, but came away on the short end of a 5-4 decision.

After some early miscues on defense, the girls bounced back to close the gap to 5-4 on a 3-RBI triple from Abigail Lathrop. The game was called after five innings due to a time limit.

See video of Lathrop’s big bases clearing triple below.

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