October 22, 2020

Lady Braves shine at Trojan Slam

(Carrollton, GA) — The Lady Brave varsity softball found themselves on the winning side of the scoreboard after three of the four games they played this weekend at the annual Trojan Slam tournament played at the East Carrollton softball complex.

The girls swept two games on Saturday over two Class AAAAA teams in Paulding County and Flowery Branch after dropping a close match-up with Class AAAAAAA Newnan and and a win over fellow Class AA opponent Chattooga.

Senior Alyssa Cosper led the team with four hits in the finale win over Flowery Branch Saturday in Carrollton

Senior Alyssa Cosper led the team with four hits in the finale win over Flowery Branch Saturday in Carrollton

The weekend featured some exciting moments including a freshman’s first career homer, a senior’s 20th career home, 15 steals in one game, and solid performances on the mound from four different underclassmen.

The offense exploded for 22 runs in the two wins on Saturday. In a 13-7 win over Flowery Branch, it was a first inning grand slam and career 20th long ball from senior Hannah Sanders that gave her squad an early lead. Sanders was 2-for-3 in the game.

Senior Alyssa Cosper also had a huge game going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases.

Mallory Galloway and Ally Harris also tallied two hits each and junior pinch runner Brittany Scarborough had two stolen bases.

Haley Bennett, Galloway, and freshman Katelyn Jiles all pitched in the four inning game called because of the time limit. Jiles retired the side on just 10 pitches to end the game in the bottom of the fourth.

In the early game Saturday morning, the Lady Braves came storming back to take beat Paulding County 9-5 in extra innings after trailing 4-0 heading to the top of the sixth.

The Lady Braves used their speed on the base paths in a big way in the come from behind win, recording an astounding 15 stolen bases including four by speedy freshman Tori Caldwell as a pinch runner. Cosper, Scarborough, Katelyn Baldwin, and Alexus Crawford had two steals each.

Senior Aspen Barker led the way offensively with two hits, three RBI’s, and three steals.

In the first game of the tourney on Friday night, the Lady Braves knocked off Chattooga 7-3. Bennett picked up the win tossing six innings and striking out four. Galloway pitched the final inning allowing just one unearned run.

At the plate, freshman catcher Brittany Graley hit her first career varsity homer, a solo shot to center. Graley led the way with two RBI’s, and the Lady Braves scored seven runs on just four hits.

For the second time this season, the Lady Braves came up short against the Class AAAAAAA Newnan, but this time it was a much closer 3-2 contest after a 7-2 loss earlier this year.

Haley Bennett pitched well against the large school scattering six hits and two walks over six innings. Cosper, Harris, and Hannah Holden each had an RBI.

Freshman Brittany Graley hit her first career HR in Friday's 7-3 win over Chattoooga

Freshman Brittany Graley hit her first career HR in Friday’s 7-3 win over Chattoooga

The Lady Braves (10-7, 2-0) now face their most important game of the year tomorrow (Tuesday) versus Region 5-AA foe Lamar County (10-6-1, 2-0) in Franklin.

The girls are hoping for a big and loud crowd at HHS in a game that will have huge implications on both the Region 5-AA and Class AA State Playoff picture.

The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

The girls also travel to Troup County for a non-region game on Wednesday.

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