Davis lifts Lady Phoenix past Adairsville with pitch­ing, bat

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Tyler Serritt

Sono­rav­ille senior Kristen Davis pro­pelled the Lady Phoenix to a down-to-the-wire 2-0 vic­tory over the Adairsville Lady Tigers with both her pitch­ing pro­fi­ciency and hit­ting abil­i­ties on Thurs­day.

In the cir­cle, Davis was nearly flaw­less while keep­ing the Adairsville hit­ters guess­ing through seven in­nings of work. Keep­ing run­ners off the bases un­til the sixth and not al­low­ing a hit un­til the sev­enth, she picked up the win by strik­ing out nine bat­ters, in­clud­ing punch­ing out six of the first nine op­po­nents she faced.

“This is just who Kristen is,” Sono­rav­ille head coach Chad Hayes said. “She just comes out here, does her job and never gets rat­tled. Any­time she gets in trou­ble, she just bears down and stays in con­trol of the game, and we know we can al­ways rely on her for th­ese

“We’ve got to play bet­ter of­fen­sively and have more rhythm on that side of the ball,” said Lamb.

“We also need to win the turnover bat­tle and con­tain their quar­ter­back. We know he’s go­ing to be able to types of per­for­mances.”

Aside from a Shayna Dut­ton sin­gle in the fifth, base hits and baserun­ners were few and far be­tween for both of­fenses in the ini­tial frames.

How­ever, the Lady Phoenix (12-2, 9-1 in 6-AAA) man­aged to spark a late rally in the bot­tom of the sixth when Kar­ley Thomas used her speed to leg out a sin­gle. San­dra Beth Pritch­ett re­sponded by de­posit­ing a loop­ing sin­gle into left field to place run­ners at the corner.

Davis then stepped up and de­liv­ered per­haps the mo­ment of the game by slic­ing a sin­gle into cen­ter field and bring­ing the two run­ners home to put the Lady Phoenix in the driver’s seat.

“I was a lit­tle worried about our of­fense to­day be­cause we had so much time off from see­ing live pitch­ing due to the hol­i­day week­end,” Hayes said. “For­tu­nately, our lineup started to click again to­wards the end there and we were able to push a cou­ple runs across, which is all Kristen needs when she is pitch­ing like that.”

The Lady Tigers (3-17, 1-9 in 6-AAA) at­tempted to mount its own rally in the sev­enth by putting baserun­ners on via a sin­gle and an er­ror, but Davis set­tled back in and forced an easy fly out to lock in the vic­tory. The re­sult al­lowed Sono­rav­ille to main­tain its im­pres­sive run atop the Re­gion 6-AAA stand­ings. They hold a one-game ad­van­tage in the loss make some plays, but we’ve got to find a way to con­tain him some­what and not dic­tate the game.”

Pre­dic­tion:

The Jack­ets sent a mes­sage out to the rest of 6-AAA last week that they are still at the top col­umn over Coahulla Creek and a two-game ad­van­tage in the loss col­umn over Cal­houn and Har­al­son County.

Hayes noted that he’s pleased with the progress his team has made over the course of the sea­son to this point.

“Every game in this re­gion is a bat­tle, and we know com­ing in that wins are go­ing to have to be earned,” Hayes said. “But I’m proud of the strides we have taken in each phase of the game. Of course, there are times you would like more run sup­port or bet­ter of the moun­tain in the re­gion, and it’s go­ing to be al­most im­pos­si­ble to knock them off their perch.

North Murray has shown steady im­prove­ment in their pro­gram over the last sev­eral years and could de­fense, but we have found a way to con­sis­tently pick up wins and at the end of the day that is all that mat­ters.”

Sono­rav­ille was sched­uled to host Har­al­son County on Mon­day in an­other re­gion con­test, but that game was post­poned due to weather and will be made up on Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. They were home again on Tues­day to host Coahulla Creek. ( For de­tails on that game, see Satur­day’s Cal­houn Times.) They will visit Murray County on Thurs­day at 5:30 p.m. have their deep­est and most tal­ented team in 2018. But Cal­houn’s tal­ent and depth have been on an­other level for the past 17 sea­sons from the rest of the teams in their re­gion, and that hasn’t changed this year.

The Jack­ets will have an­other con­vinc­ing re­gion win on Fri­day on the road and take one step closer to break­ing the state record for con­sec­u­tive re­gion ti­tles.

Score:

42-14. Cal­houn wins,

LARRY GREESON / For the Cal­houn Times

Sono­rav­ille third base­man Grif­fin Holden makes a throw to first base for an out on Thurs­day.

LARRY GREESON / For the Cal­houn Times

Sono­rav­ille’s Kar­ley Thomas makes con­tact as she tries to get a hit from the lead­off spot in the first in­ning on Thurs­day.

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