October 20, 2020

Lady Braves pound out 19 hits in home win

(Franklin, GA) — The Lady Braves softball team evened up its record at 3-3 Wednesday night with a 15-7 comeback win over Troup County at HHS.

Coach Matt Hornsby’s squad trailed 5-0 after the top of the first before storming back to outscore the Tigers 15-2 in the game that was stopped via run rule in the fifth inning.

Junior Lora Glover was 4-for-4 in Wednesday’s 15-7 win over Troup

The Lady Braves pounded out a season-high 19 hits in the game.

Junior first baseman Lora Glover led the barrage at the plate going 4-for-4 with two singles, two doubles and five RBI’s.

Haley Bennett and Hannah Holden also had great days at the plate with three hits and two RBI’s each.

Other Lady Braves tallying multiple hits included senior Anna Cosper (2-for-3, 2 RBI’s), catcher Brittany Graley (2-for-3), Kaitlyn Baldwin (2-for-3, 2 runs), and Katelyn Jiles (2-for-3, 1 RBI).

Jiles started the game at third base but got the win on the mound after coming on relief of starting pitcher Sydney Gay in the first inning.

The sophomore hurler tossed four innings while striking out two and scattering seven hits to the potent Tiger offense. Bennett pitched the final inning of the game in relief.

“We came out and hit it good today. Sydney has looked like our No. 1 but she just looked like she didn’t have it today,” said Hornsby after the game.

“But it’s good to see that we have a pitching ‘staff’ this year which is something we haven’t had in the past so we were able to put a stop to the scoring early. Bennett pitched great over the weekend and Katelyn Jiles has looked the best we have seen her look over the last couple of seasons.”

The win was a nice bounce-back for the Lady Braves after a 5-2 loss at Northgate Tuesday afternoon. Gay and Jiles pitched well for the Lady Braves versus the Class AAAAAA Vikings, combining on seven innings without allowing an earned run but the defense played poorly behind them.

Sydney Gay struck out five and Jiles fanned two. Kaitlyn Baldwin had two hits for the offense.

The squad is back in action today when they travel to Central of Carrollton and will battle Wesleyan at Kennesaw State this Saturday morning at 10:00 AM. Heard County Middle School will be in action at noon versus the Wolves immediately after the varsity game.

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