Lady Rebels Fall to Indians

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On the first Wednesday of the month, the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to Murray County to take on the Lady Indians. Fannin had just come from a tough one point loss at Dawson County the week before and was looking to add a win to their record.

The Lady Rebels were unable to make anything happen on offense in the top of the first inning where they scored zero runs. When they hit the field, they let their errors on defense get the best of them. Their energy was nowhere to be found as the Lady Indians took an early 3-0 lead to finish the first inning.

Fannin started to fight back on offense in the second inning where they were able to score two runs on offense and hold the Indians on defense. Fannin continued a trend for the night of scoring every other inning while the Indians scored in all but two.

The energy in the Rebels started to come alive in the fourth inning when their bats became hot. This was their biggest inning for the night where they managed to get four runs on the board and the Indians trailed right behind with three of their own. Murray County carried their big offensive inning into the fifth where they scored four more runs. Fannin was unable to do the same with their zero runs.

Maleah Stepp was four for four at the plate for the night and led the Rebels in hits. Not only did Stepp have four hits, but she also had three RBI’s. Amelia Sneed was in the circle for Fannin and struck out three batters over six innings. Out of all of Sneed’s pitches for the night, twenty-three of her first pitches were strikes.

After seven innings of play, the Lady Indians closed out the game with an 11-8 victory over the Lady Rebels. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 4-8 while their region record remained the same at 2-3.

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Tigers Claw Rebels

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The Thursday before last, the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to Dawson County to take on the Lady Tigers. Fannin had just come from a win against Towns County prior to the matchup at Dawson and was looking for another to add to their record. The Tigers had just come from a loss to North Hall their last game and were hungry for a region win.

Even from the start of the game, you could tell that both teams wanted a win from the intensity they showed on the field. Both teams put up a fight on defense by not letting the other score.The score remained 0-0 until the third inning when Dawson started to put runs on the board.

In the bottom of the third, Dawson started to hit the ball in the right places and scored two runs. Fannin County gave it right back to the Tigers in the top of the fourth when they put two of their own on the board. Dawson was able to continue the trend in the fifth inning by adding one more run to their score as they went into the sixth inning, managing to hold Fannin on defense.

Maleah Stepp, Kayleigh Russell, and Emily Waldrep each had a hit for the night over the Tigers. Kyla Seabolt had an RBI for the night, contributing to Fannin’s score. Amelia Sneed pitched a great game from the mound where she struck out five batters.

Despite Fannin’s efforts to make a comeback, Dawson walked away with a 3-2 region win over the Rebels. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 4-7 and their region record at 2-3. The Rebels will get a chance to redeem themselves on September 25 at 5:55 as they take on Dawson County one last time for their senior night.

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Fannin Defeats Towns

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The Monday before last, the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to Hiawassee to take on the Towns County Lady Indians. Both teams had just come from a loss their games before the matchup and were looking to redeem themselves with a win.

Both teams started off the game holding the other on defense. They kept the score 0-0 for the first inning until they started to put the ball into action in the second. Fannin opened up the second inning by putting two runs on the board while the Lady Indians answered by putting up five of their own.

The Lady Rebels came back in the third inning where they put three runs on the board and tied the game 5-5. Both teams fought for their lead and didn’t let the other score over two innings. Fannin was able to put one run on the board in the sixth inning to take the lead over the Indians. The Lady Rebels were determined to keep their lead and kept the Indians from scoring in the bottom of the sixth.

Fannin came back in the seventh inning with a huge at bat. Their intensity came alive as they added seven runs to their score. They hit the field with the same determination and allowed Towns to add only two runs to their score.

Senior pitcher, Amelia Sneed, struck out seven batters over seven innings. Over those seven innings, twenty of her first pitches to a new batter were strikes. Throughout the game, Towns County had eight hits while Fannin had six. Although the Indians had more hits, Fannin made less errors on defense. The Lady Rebels allowed six defensive errors while the Lady Indians allowed seven.

With a score of 13-7, the Lady Rebels walked away with a win for the night. Fannin’s win put their overall record at 5-5 and leaves their region record at 2-2.

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Trojans Defeat Rebels

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Last Thursday, the Lady Trojans softball team traveled from North Hall to take on the Lady Rebels at home. Fannin just had a region win against another Hall County school, Cherokee Bluff, and looked to continue the streak. North Hall had just come from a loss the game prior to the matchup at Fannin and were anxious for a win.

The Trojans got an early lead in the first two innings that Fannin was unable to overcome. In the first inning, the Trojans put four runs on the board while the Rebels were struggling to score one. North Hall extended their lead in the second with two more runs as they continued to hold Fannin on defense.

Fannin finally started to find holes in North Hall’s defense and put the ball into action. The Lady Rebels put their first run on the board in the bottom of the third inning after successfully holding the Trojans on defense. Fannin continued advancing their score little by little for two more innings while North Hall did the same.

The Lady Rebels had faith that they could make a come back until the Lady Trojans laid the hammer down at the top of the sixth inning and scored five more runs. Fannin started off slow, picked up their intensity towards the middle, and then let it fall again towards the end.

Senior, Amelia Sneed, pitched 5.1 innings for the Rebels where sixteen of her first pitches were strikes. Junior, Kayleigh Russell, came in as a relief for Sneed for 0.2 innings where she struck out one batter over a short period of time.

Fannin let their defensive errors get the best of them in their matchup against North Hall. The teams were almost even in the amount of hits throughout the night where the Trojans had six and Fannin had five. Although the amount of hits were close, the number of defensive errors were not. While the Rebels allowed ten errors over six innings, North Hall allowed only four.

North Hall closed out the game with a 13-4 victory over Fannin. The Rebels loss put their overall record at 4-5 and their region record at 2-2. Fannin will get their shot at redemption on September 18 at 5:55 when they travel to Gainesville to take on North Hall.

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Rebels Defeat Bears

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Last Tuesday a new Hall County school, Cherokee Bluff, traveled to Fannin County to take on the Lady Rebels softball team at home. Just the day before, the Rebels took a hard loss from East Hall and were looking to redeem themselves. Cherokee Bluff is a new school in Flowery Branch who has claimed their colors as purple and white and their mascot as the Bears.

Fannin held the Bears on defense and then got their early lead on offense. In the bottom of the first inning, the Lady Rebels put their first two runs on the board. The Bears quickly answered Fannin’s call and added two of their own runs to the board just to have Fannin add three their next at bat.

Maleah Stepp and Kayleigh Russell led Fannin in hits for the night with three a piece. Emily Waldrep and Kyla Seabolt both got on base from walks and added to Fannin’s score. Macy Galloway had two RBIs for the night and continued the trend.

The action slowed down in the fourth and fifth innings where each team held the other on defense and kept them from scoring any runs. Fannin had a great defensive game where senior pitcher, Amelia Sneed, struck out three batters and allowed eight hits over seven innings. The Rebels allowed only one defensive error the whole game while Cherokee Bluff allowed five.

Fannin finished the game with a 7-3 victory over Cherokee Bluff. The Rebels win put their overall record at 4-4 and their region record at 2-1.

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Vikings Run Rule Rebels

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Last Monday, the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to East Hall to take on the Lady Vikings. Fannin just had a big region win against GAC the week before and looked to continue the winning streak.

The Lady Rebels knew it would be a tough matchup from the beginning and let it get in their heads. They knew that they were going up against the best pitcher in the region and let it affect their hitting. East Hall’s pitcher struck out nine batters and allowed only three hits over six innings.

Fannin was able to to put up a fight in the first inning. When East Hall kept them from scoring, the Rebels returned the favor on defense. In the bottom of the inning, Fannin had a quick three outs. With a runner on first base, Macy Galloway caught a line drive at shortstop and immediately threw the ball back to first to get the first two outs for Fannin. The Rebels closed out the inning tied 0-0 with the Vikings.

Fannin started to slip up on defense which allowed East Hall to start scoring. Errors on defense started to take a toll on the Rebels. Fannin made seven errors over six innings opposed to East Hall’s zero. The Vikings continued to extend their lead while the Rebels had trouble doing the same.

Senior, Amelia Sneed, pitched six innings for Fannin where she struck out three batters and allowed six hits. Macy Galloway, Kyla Seabolt, and Maleah Stepp each had one hit for the night. Seabolt had an RBI, putting Fannin’s only run on the board in the fourth inning.

The Lady Vikings run ruled the Rebels in the sixth inning with a score of 9-1. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 3-4 and their region record at 1-1.

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Lady Rebels Defeat Spartans

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Last Thursday, the Lady Rebels softball team took on the Greater Atlanta Spartans at home for their first region game of the season. Fannin hoped to continue their winning streak from the game prior to the matchup where they beat Rabun County 9-0.

The Lady Rebels started off on defense where they had a quick three outs and kept the Lady Spartans from scoring any runs. Fannin then went up to bat with determination and got an early lead over the Spartans. Rebel senior, Macy Galloway, led Fanin in hits for the night with two big ones. Another Rebel senior, Maleah Stepp, had two RBI’s throughout the game, leading Fannin in that area for the night. In the bottom of the first inning, the Rebels put two runs on the board while they continued the trend in the second inning by adding three more to their score.

GAC started to fight back in the fourth inning when they finally put a run on the board and started to hold Fannin on defense. This caused the Rebels to start making errors in the field, allowing the Lady Spartans to add more runs to the board. Senior, Amelia Sneed, pitched all seven innings for the Lady Rebels where she struck out two batters. Out of Sneed’s many pitches throughout the night, she had eighteen instances where the first pitch she threw to a new batter was a strike.

When the bottom of the seventh inning rolled around, Fannin was ahead of GAC 6-3. When it comes down to it, the Lady Rebels won the game by the way they moved each other on the bases and their smart base running. Fannin and GAC both had six hits for the night while the Lady Spartans only had three errors of defense and the Rebels had five.

Fannin’s 6-3 win over GAC put their overall record at 2-4 and their region record at 1-0.

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Rebels Run Rule Rabun

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Last Monday, the Lady Rebels softball team took on Rabun County’s Lady Cats. They finally put all the pieces together to get the big win that they are capable of.

Fannin had a great defensive game where they allowed only two errors opposed to Rabun’s eleven. They started to backup their pitcher, make better throws, and close the holes in the field to keep from any runs scoring.

Lady Rebel senior, Amelia Sneed, pitched the whole game for Fannin where she had ten first strike pitches, and struck out two batters over five innings.

Senior Macy Galloway and freshman Riley Davis led Fannin in hits for the night with two hits a piece. Macy Galloway, Maleah Stepp, and Emily Waldrep each had an RBI for the night, adding onto Fannin’s score. The Lady Rebels were consistent in the first two innings where they scored two runs in each, then had a big third inning where they scored five.

Fannin run ruled Rabun in the fifth inning with a score of 9-0. Fannins victory put their overall record at 1-4.

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