Cal­houn, Sono­rav­ille Soft­ball are State con­tenders; Braves

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY -

Foot­ball is back and base­ball is rolling down the stretch with pen­nant races heat­ing up. I was talk­ing to some of my friends the other day about how weird it will be for the Braves to be rel­e­vant in Septem­ber again this year as for the last sev­eral years, I’ve been fully fo­cused on foot­ball by this point of At­lanta’s sea­son. Should be a fun time. Here’s a few top­ics I’ve been think­ing about both on the lo­cal scene and fur­ther reach­ing as well:

Cal­houn, Sono­rav­ille Soft­ball look to be set on course to Colum­bus

Both the Cal­houn and Sono­rav­ille soft­ball teams earned a trip to Colum­bus last sea­son for the Class AAA Elite Eight. And judg­ing by the first month-plus of the sea­son, it would be a sur­prise if ei­ther didn’t make the trip this year.

The Lady Jack­ets and Lady Phoenix have looked im­pres­sive in the first half of the sea­son as they have each made it clear that they are state ti­tle con­tenders in Class AAA and more than likely on a col­li­sion course for the Re­gion 6-AAA ti­tle game. The ri­vals have played twice and split the meet­ings with each be­ing de­cided by one run. Sono­rav­ille won the first meet­ing 1-0 on the back of a dom­i­nant pitch­ing per­for­mance by Kris­ten Davis and a clutch, game-win­ning hit by Shayna Dut­ton. Cal­houn turned around and earned a 4-3 win in the sec­ond game in ex­tra in­nings on a walk-off hit by Molly Walker af­ter the Lady Phoenix had ral­lied from down 3-0 to tie the game.

I’ve cov­ered both of the matchups and I can say for sure that both games have been played at a high level and both have been play­of­flike at­mos­pheres. Both teams boast ace pitch­ers, in­cred­i­ble de­fense and po­tent line­ups. Both have a le­git­i­mate shot at win­ning a state ti­tle.

There is still a lot of soft­ball to be played and a lot of dif­fer­ent vari­ables that could hap­pen, but don’t be sur­prised if these two teams do bat­tle once again in the Re­gion 6- AAA Tour­na­ment. Luck­ily, this year’s 6-AAA Tour­ney is at the new Cal­houn Rec Depart­ment fields off McDaniel Sta­tion Road.

Be­yond that, don’t be sur­prised if they see each other in Colum­bus. That would be a longer drive for folks here, but I have no doubt that each would bring a huge crowd. See 8B

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