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