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