Cal­houn soft­ball honors 8th-graders in tough loss to Cass

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Tyler Ser­ritt

The Cal­houn Mid­dle School soft­ball team was bol­stered by solid con­tri­bu­tions from its lineup and a steady per­for­mance from the pitch­ing cir­cle against Cass Mid­dle School on Tues­day, but fell just short of vic­tory due to a fi­nal-in­ning rally by the Lady Colonels in a 7-4 de­feat.

At the plate, the Lady Jack­ets were led by Esper­anza Reyes, who posted a 2-for-3 night with two dou­bles and an RBI, Molly Banks, who col­lected two hits and drove in a run, Molly Speach, who col­lected two hits and a stolen base and Malysha Win­ston, who crushed a tow­er­ing solo home run late in the game.

McKensey In­gle had the Lady Colonels off bal­ance in the bat­ter’s box for the ma­jor­ity of the matchup, hold­ing op­pos­ing bat­ters hit­less and score­less for the first four in­nings and strik­ing out one.

The Lady Jack­ets had to­tal com­mand of the game through the first four frames, jump­ing on Cass 3-0 early. How­ever, the Lady Colonels man­aged to con­nect on a tworun homer in the fifth to make things in­ter­est­ing. Even though Cal­houn ap­peared to seal the vic­tory with Win­ston’s homer in the fifth, Cass cob­bled to­gether a hand­ful of ex­tra base hits in the last frame to take the game, 7-4.

“I thought we hit the ball well in the early in­nings, but we left too many run­ners on base,” Cal­houn head coach Tony Lind­sey said af­ter the game. “Our pitch­ing was great too, we were pitch­ing a per­fect game un­til the last two in­nings. We just let them stay in the game too long.”

De­spite the loss, the Lady Jack­ets did have the chance to honor and cel­e­brate a spec­tac­u­lar eighth-grade class be­fore the game dur­ing the Eighth-Grade Night cer­e­mony.

“They are all just great girls,” Lind­sey said. “They went on such a good run here, and I am ex­cited to see what they do at the next level.”

In other re­cent mid­dle school sports ac­tion:

Soft­ball

-The Red Bud Mid­dle School var­sity soft­ball squad topped Wood­land in a re­gion game last week. The Lady Phoenix claimed a 4-0 vic­tory against the Wild­cats. Grace Crocker, Tay­lor Dot­son, Arielle Evans and Olyvia Hop­per each con­trib­uted. Hop­per posted the big­gest night at the plate, go­ing 2-for3 with an RBI-dou­ble to kick off the scor­ing in the first in­ning. Tay­lor Long reg­is­tered a com­plete game one-hit­ter, strik­ing out 12 bat­ters and walk­ing one.

The Lady Phoenix fol­lowed that up with a dom­i­nant 19-0 vic­tory over South Cen­tral. Long and Hop­per com­bined to pitch a no-hit­ter.

Red Bud closed out its week with an im­pres­sive 10-1 vic­tory against Cartersville a cou­ple of days later in which they in­voked the mercy rule. Seven of the nine bat­ters in the lineup reg­is­tered hits in the con­test, with Hop­per adding two dou­bles and Scar­lett Hunter chip­ping in a dou­ble. Long reg­is­tered an­other great pitch­ing ef­fort, throw­ing a com­plete game, only sur­ren­der­ing one hit and strik­ing out 13 bat­ters.

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