On 9/19, the Lady Eagles softball team traveled from Chestatee to take on the Lady Rebels at home. Fannin lost their first match up to the Eagles 5-2 earlier in the season and was looking to redeem themselves.
Chestatee hit first where they got an early one point lead over Fannin in the first inning. After the Eagles scored their first run, Fannin started to clean up their defense and held Chestatee on offense. The Lady Rebels started to adjust to the pitching in the bottom of the third inning where they were able to put three runs on the board. Emily Waldrep, Kyla Seabolt, and Reagan Young each got two hits throughout the night and led Fannin in hits. Out of Young’s two hits, one was an inside the park home run where she also hit Seabolt in, adding onto Fannin’s score.
Fannin was on fire for the rest of the game where they held Chestatee at one for the rest of the game and added three more runs to their score. The Lady Rebels earned eight hits for the night while Chestatee had four. Both teams were even on defense where they each had two errors on the field. Amelia Sneed was on the mound for the Rebels where she struck out six batters over 6.2 innings.
Fannin’s 6-3 win over Chestatee put their overall record at 9-11 while their region record stayed the same at 3-6.
On 9/18, the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to North Hall to take on the Lady Trojans. Fannin had just come from a win over Towns County the day before and was looking to continue the trend. The first time Fannin took on North Hall, they endured a 13-4 loss that ended in the sixth inning. This time, the Lady Rebels were determined to put up a fight until the end.
The Lady Trojans got an early lead over Fannin in the first inning where the Rebels put one run on the board while North Hall scored four. After the first inning, it became a game of back and forth. North Hall went on to score one run in the second inning, Fannin scored two in the third, and North Hall scored one in the fourth. Emily Waldrep led Fannin in hits for the night with two over seven innings. Maleah Stepp and Kayleigh Russell contributed to Fannin’s score by each getting one RBI for the night. As a team, North Hall outhit Fannin six to four throughout the night.
The trend stopped in the fifth inning when both teams started to fight on defense and didn’t let the other score for the next two innings. With the score 6-3 in the last inning, Fannin had two runners on base with two outs. Despite Fannin’s fire, North Hall got their third out before the Rebels could put another run across the plate. Amelia Sneed was on the mound for the Rebels for the night where she struck out four batters over seven innings.
Although Fannin fought until the end, the Lady Trojans walked away with a 6-3 victory over the Rebels. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 8-11 and their region record at 3-6.
On 9/17, the Lady Indians softball team traveled from Towns County to take on the Lady Rebels for their pink out game. The Rebels looked to continue their winning streak that they started over the weekend with two wins in one day. The Indians came ready to redeem themselves from the first time they played Fannin and lost 13-7.
Towns County came out ready to play as they got an early lead in the first inning where they put one run on the board and kept Fannin from scoring any runs. The Indians managed to keep their lead until the bottom of the third inning where the Rebels tied it up.
Fannin was able to hold Towns in the top of the fourth which gave them the perfect opportunity to come alive on offense. The Lady Rebels adjusted to the pitching and started making things happen. Kayleigh Russell and Cassidy Nichols started to heat things up by each getting two RBI’s. Macy Galloway had a good eye at the plate where she got walked three times, followed by Emily Waldrep who got walked twice. Fannin had a great offensive inning where they put seven runs on the board, giving them an 8-1 lead over Towns.
Despite both teams having six hits throughout the game, it came down to defensive errors. While Towns had four errors, Fannin only had one. Amelia Sneed had four strikeouts from the mound throughout the night where fifteen of her first pitches to a new batter were strikes. Fannin continued to hold Towns on defense while they scored another run on offense. The Lady Rebels closed out the game early with a 9-1 victory over five innings.
Fannin’s win put their overall record at 8-10 while their region record remained the same at 3-5.
On 9/15, the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to Pace Academy for a double header. To start off the day, Holy Innocents and Pace Academy played a game at 9am. After a long game, Holy Innocents walked away with a 4-2 victory over Pace. Right after their victory, Holy Innocents turned around and took on Fannin County.
The Lady Rebels started off batting where they were able to adjust quickly in the box. Fannin got one run across the plate before Holy Innocents got their third out. Fannin brought their A game on defense where they did not let the Bears score a single run until the last inning. Over seven innings, Fannin continued to extend their lead. Fannin only had one error on defense while Holy Innocents had three. Amelia Sneed pitched a great game from the mound by striking out three batters over seven innings. Fannin was up 3-0 at the top of the seventh inning when their bats started to get hot. The Lady Rebels managed to get their hits down and score four runs with their last at bat. Seniors, Macy Galloway and Reagan Young, led Fannin in hits for the game with two a piece. The Bears started to fight back at the bottom of the seventh inning. With their last at bat, they started to hit the ball and were able to score three runs. Although they tried to make a comeback towards the end, they were unable to catch up to the Lady Rebels. For Fannin’s first game of the day, they pulled off a 7-3 victory.
After the Lady Rebels pulled off their first win of the day, they went into their next game against Pace Academy looking for another. For the third and final game of the day, Fannin took the field first with the same drive they had the first game. The Rebels fought hard on defense and did not let the Knights score until the sixth inning when they put one run on the board and no more after that. Just like the game prior, Fannin only had one defensive error while their opponent had three. Although Fannin was hot from the start on defense, it took them a while to adjust on offense. The Rebels finally started to put the ball into play at the bottom of the third inning by scoring one run. After the third, Fannin got out of their hitting slump and continued to hit the ball in all of the right places. Seniors, Maleah Stepp and Reagan Young, led Fannin in hitting for the second game with two hits a piece. With a runner on first base, Young stepped up to the plate and hit a ball deep right field which resulted in a inside the park home run, adding two runs to Fannin’s score. By the time the seventh inning rolled around, Fannin’s lead proved to be too much for Pace to catch up to. The Lady Rebels got their second win of the day with an 8-1 victory over the Lady Knights.
Fannin’s wins put their overall record at 7-10 while there region record stayed the same at 3-5.
On 9/13 the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to Flowery Branch to take on the Lady Bears. Earlier in the season, Cherokee Bluff traveled to Fannin County where the Rebels beat them 7-3. Fannin was looking to continue the trend while the Bears were looking for their first region win.
The Bears had a hot start in the first inning that took the Rebels by surprise. Fannin was not able to score any runs with their first at bat and could not stop Cherokee Bluff from putting five on the board when they went up to bat. With the Bears up 5-0, Fannin started to fight back on offense. In response to their opponents five runs, Fannin was able to score five of their own to tie up the game. Maleah Stepp, Alicia Jones, and Kyla Seabolt led Fannin in hitting for the night. Each of the seniors racked up two hits for their team. Cherokee Bluff fought to get their lead back in the bottom of the second inning. The Bears scored two more runs, putting them ahead of Fannin 7-5.
After Fannin almost made a comeback, the Bears started to put all the pieces of the game together. As they continued to add one run to their score in every inning but one, they held Fannin with their defense by not letting them add anymore runs to their score for the entire game.
On defense, neither team had any errors. Amelia Sneed pitched a great game from the mound where she struck out four batters over six innings. Out of her many pitches over the course of the night, twenty of her first pitches to a new batter were strikes. Although Fannin kept up with Cherokee Bluff defensive wise, they unfortunately fell short to them on offense. The Bears earned twelve hits for the night while the Rebels had eight.
Cherokee Bluff walked away with a 10-5 victory over Fannin, giving them their first region win. The Lady Rebels loss put their overall record at 5-10 and their region record at 3-5.
On 9/11, the East Hall Lady Vikings softball team traveled to Fannin County to take on the Lady Rebels. Fannin had just come from a big win at GAC the week prior and was looking to add another region win. East Hall was determined to keep their undefeated streak in region games and hold on tight to their first place rank.
The game started off pretty even with both teams fighting for the lead until East Hall ran away with it in the last two innings. However in the first inning, Fannin allowed East Hall to score only one run. The Lady Rebels played solid defense and were able to score one run on offense.
Just when Fannin saw a glimpse of hope to catching up to East Hall’s one point lead, the Vikings started to bring their A game. It was a chain reaction throughout their batting lineup where they racked up six runs. They continued the trend in the fifth inning by hitting the ball in all of the right places and adding five more runs to their score. Fannin started to answer the Vikings call in the top of the fifth inning where they added three of their own runs to the board. The Lady Vikings walked away with a 13-4 victory over the Lady Rebels, leaving them at number one in the region.
Despite Fannin’s efforts to make a comeback, it proved to be too late in the game, resulting in the run rule. East Hall’s offense and defense seemed to be superior for the night where they only had three errors on defense and eleven hits on offense. Fannin however had six errors on the field and four hits for the night. Senior, Amelia Sneed, pitched for 3.1 innings where she struck out one batter. Junior, Kaelyn Hensley, closed out the game from the mound where six of her first pitches to a new batter were strikes. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 5-9 and their region record at 3-4.
The first Thursday of this month, the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to Norcross to take on the Lady Spartans. Earlier in the season, GAC traveled to take on Fannin at their home field where the Rebels defeated them 6-3. Two games before the matchup at Fannin, the Rebels endured a 3-2 loss to the Dawson County Tigers. The day before the matchup at Fannin County, the Lady Spartans took on the same team where they won 7-0. The Lady Spartans were looking to continue their winning streak and redeem themselves from the first time they played the Rebels. Fannin had just come from an 11-8 loss at Murray County and was hungry for a win.
GAC got an early lead in the first inning with a score of 2-1 and hoped to hold onto it for the rest of the game. You could tell each team wanted to win just as badly as the other through the intensity that showed on the field. The score remained the same in the second inning where both teams managed to hold the other on defense. Fannin was able to add another run to their score in the third inning to tie up the game, just to have the Spartans to pull ahead by putting three more runs on the board.
It was an intense game of back and forth with each team fighting until the end. The Rebels finally started to put it all together on offense and defense in the last two innings. They held the Spartans on defense by not allowing any runs to cross the plate in the last two innings while Fannin racked up on hits. In the sixth inning, the Lady Rebels scored four and continued the trend in the seventh by adding three more runs. Fannin’s bats were hot throughout the night as they got twelve hits and GAC got ten. On defense however, the Lady Rebels made three errors while the Lady Spartans only made one. Amelia Sneed made up for those errors on the mound with an amazing night of pitching. Sneed pitched all seven innings for Fannin and had four strikeouts.
After a long seven innings of play, Fannin walked away with a 9-5 victory over GAC. The Rebels win put their overall record at 5-8 and their region record at 3-3.
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.