October 22, 2020

Lady Brave notches first career homer in loss to Cats

(Villa Rica, GA) — The Lady Braves came up on the short end of a shootout Wednesday at Villa Rica falling to the Wildcats 12-10 in the season opener for the Carroll County school.

After falling behind early, the Lady Braves kept battling all game long with a huge output at the plate.

Senior Hannah Sanders led the way with two homers, three RBI’s, and four runs scored. After homering in her first two at bats, one a long blast over the scoreboard, Sanders was walked in her final two at bats.

Another big 3-run homer came off the bat of sophomore Lora Glover to close a big Wildcat lead down to 9-8 in the top of the third. The blast was the first varsity homer of Glover’s career.

Move-in shortstop Hannah Holden also had a big night at the dish going 3-for-3 with two RBI’s. It was a big day all around for the three Hannah’s on the team as senior first baseman Hannah Stephens also delivered three big hits.

Sophomore Lora Glover hit her first varsity homer in Wednesday's game

Sophomore Lora Glover hit her first varsity homer in Wednesday’s game

Freshman catcher Brittany Graley and senior Aspen Barker added base knocks as well for Coach Matt Hornsby.

Freshman Laken Stephens started on the hill for the Lady Braves before giving way to another freshman Katelyn Jiles who closed out the game.

Even though the Lady Braves dropped their second straight non-region game, Hornsby found some positive aspects in the loss.

“That right there was 10 times better with us,” Hornsby told Corey Cusick of the Times-Georgian.

“I mean, you’re talking about battling all the way until the end. And even then, that last out right there was a hard shot right at the shortstop. A win would have been nice, but a non-region game right there, we’ll take the fight that was showed after being down a million.”

The veteran coach understands the growing pains that will be involved with such young pitching arms on his staff.

“That’s the thing. We threw two freshmen [Wednesday] and we’re committed to throwing our young girls. It is what it is,” Hornsby said. “This is why we play the schedule we do, so they learn that if you pitch it down the middle, good-hitting teams are going to hit it.”

The Lady Braves return to action on Saturday for the home opening Rival Rumble at Heard High School. The Lady Braves will battle former region foes Bremen and Bowdon at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. At 1:00 PM, the Red Devils and Blue Devils will do battle with one another.

Hornsby came up with the idea for the Rival Rumble as a way to continue the strong rivalries formed over the past several years when the squads occupied the same region.

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