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the 10 miles of each other get­ting together to bat­tle for brag­ging rights, and it be­ing the re­gion opener for both teams just adds a lit­tle

“It’s such a big game with two great teams. We needed that win, and our girls are fired up that we got it. I’m so proud of Audrey who had two hits and knocked in a cou­ple runs and also Molly for her hit at the end. Those are two of my se­niors, and they were both clutch tonight.”

Along with Wil­banks and Walker’s ef­forts, also of­fen­sively for Cal­houn, Davis had three hits, Car­lie Hen­der­son added two and Anna Tay­lor reached base three times on walks and scored a run. Rogers scored two runs while cour­tesy run­ning for Davis, and Erin Barnes had a walk and a run scored.

Davis took the loss for Sono­rav­ille in the cir­cle de­spite some shut­down more in­trigue. Cal­houn is def­i­nitely the team in this matchup that most from the out­side look at as a heavy fa­vorite, but you never count out a work in be­tween the first and eighth as those were the two frames Cal­houn did all their dam­age. She went 7 2-3 in­nings and gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits while strik­ing out 11, walk­ing four and hit­ting one bat­ter.

The Lady Phoenix were led at the plate by Dut­ton’s three-run homer, and she also drew an in­ten­tional walk later in the game.

Davis and San­dra Beth Pritchett each had dou­bles with Davis scor­ing a run, Grace Crocker added a hit, a walk and a run scored, Sarah Anne Arthur had a hit and a run scored, Pay­ton Townsend con­trib­uted a hit, Katie Wil­liams added a hit and two stolen bases and Kar­ley Thomas reached on a walk and a hit by pitch.

The Cal­houn win evens the sea­son se­ries be­tween the two teams after Sono­rav­ille ri­val, es­pe­cially one that would love noth­ing more than to get their firstever win over the Jack­ets at Phil Reeve Sta­dium.

Cal­houn’s ex­plo­sive won their open­ing meet­ing 1-0 back on Aug. 13. Hayes said it’s a tough loss ob­vi­ously, but his team still has ev­ery­thing they are aim­ing for out in front of them as they could still lock up the No. 1 seed for the Re­gion 6-AAA Tour­na­ment by win­ning out.

“That’s what I told them after the game is at the end of the day, this is just one game,” said Hayes. “If we do what we’re ca­pa­ble of from here on out, this one won’t mat­ter in the re­gion stand­ings.”

Cal­houn was back at home on Tues­day to host Mur­ray County in a makeup game of an ear­lier rain­out. (For de­tails on that game, see Satur­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will visit Gor­don Lee for a non­re­gion af­fair on Wed­nes­day at 5 p.m. Sono­rav­ille re­turns home on Thurs­day to host Adairsville at 5:30 p.m. in a 6-AAA con­test. of­fense and play­mak­ing de­fense will be a lit­tle too much for a younger Sono­rav­ille team. The Jack­ets’ se­nior class is deep and tal­ented, and they will take pride in con­tin­u­ing their team’s suc­cess over the cross­county ri­val.

Cal­houn wins,



TIM GODBEE / For the Cal­houn Times

Sono­rav­ille’s Shayna Dut­ton (right) fol­lows through on her three­run homer in the sixth in­ning on Thurs­day.

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