I’ll be the first to tell you that growing up I was never athletic. People always seem to find that hard to believe since I’m a sports reporter. But there was a time that I was really interested in trying softball.
When I was little (aka the age I should’ve started playing a sport if I wanted to be any good at it) I never really knew about or watched softball. When I got into middle school, I had a friend who played and showed me an incredible video of a softball player shattering a piece of glass from her fast-pitch. It was obvious that she was extremely strong and worked very hard to be one of the best in her sport.
I was inspired to say the least, and I almost signed up to join a church league with another friend of mine. But sadly at that point it was too late for me, and I think it was for the better anyway. Combine my age and lack of experience with my lack of athleticism and I probably would’ve been a guaranteed bench warmer.
Anyway, the point of this week’s edition of Sports talk Thursday is not to mope about my sad past with athletics, but to praise these hardworking ladies for what they do. And covering the Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team as well as some of the other local high school teams has truly opened my eyes to what an incredible sport softball is. And while most of my experience is with Lumpkin County because I cover them on a regular basis, these are observations that I’ve made about high school teams across the board.
The first thing I love about softball is how encouraging the players are for their teammates. Unlike softball or basketball that are typically played in louder conditions, the atmosphere for softball is fairly quiet. So it’s easy for the players to make themselves heard when they’re cheering each other on, and I assume it’s also necessary in some instances to keep them going! There’s never a quiet moment at a Lumpkin County softball game, because whether it’s for the batter when they’re at the plate or the pitcher when they’re on the mound, the Lady Indians are always chanting words of encouragement. And when I’ve traveled to cover the team at other high schools, the other team is the same way. And not only do the teams encourage their own teammates, they’ll also give a shout out to players of the opposing team if they make a good play.
The athleticism of the players is another thing that blows me away about softball. I’ve seen basemen go into full- on splits to make a catch for an out, numerous running catches and a couple diving/rolling catches. On offense there have been several out-of-the-park home runs (a couple lead-offs!) and other perfectly timed triples, doubles and singles to bring the team ahead. This isn’t to say that I would expect anything less from a group of hardworking women, but it amazes me nonetheless. Possibly because there’s no way in this world I could do that stuff myself!
As a sports reporter it’s always exciting to catch that perfect moment on camera when the ball connects with the bat for a home run. Then to be able to share that moment with the player or their family makes the job so rewarding. I know as a reporter I’m not *technically* supposed to show favoritism at a game, but there have been several times I’ve had to sit on my hands to keep from cheering when there was a great hit or awesome play on defense.
Long story short- these young women work hard, you should come watch them, and I’ve enjoyed covering them.
Although the Lady Rebels lost six seniors last season, they are using this year to rebuild and come back as strong as ever. Last night, the Lady Rebels Softball team took on the Denmark Danes from Forsyth County. Fannin looked to come back from their previous 9-1 loss to Denmark and had the home field advantage this time around.
The Danes bats were hot in the first inning as they attacked the ball and put it into action. Despite freshman pitcher, Josilynn Newton, and her great throws across the plate, Denmark kept hitting the ball in all of the right places to put five runs on the board. Newton pitched a total of 2.2 innings and struck out two batters overall. When it came time for Fannin to play offense, Denmark’s defense outweighed them. With two runners on base, Kayleigh Russell (recent commit to Bryan College Softball), got things started for the Rebels offense. Russell put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third base with only one out. While the Rebels may have been in perfect scoring position, Denmark was able to get two more outs and close the inning with a 5-0 lead.
To start off the second inning, Fannin’s defense struggled. The bases were loaded and there were no outs until Russell was hit a ground ball where she got an out at third base to earn the first out of the inning. Denmark was able to score two more runs before seniors, Emily Waldrep and Kaelyn Hensley, caught pop fly’s in the outfield for the last two outs. The Danes refused to give up their 7-0 lead as they had a perfect three up and three down outs to close the second inning.
Sophomore, Riley Davis (who hit two out of the park home runs the day before against Gordon Central), showed off her hustle at shortstop where she dove to stop the ball from going into the gap and kept the runner from advancing to second base. The Danes managed to load the bases once again and earned three more runs before senior, Cassidey Nichols, came into pitch. Nichols allowed only one more run to score before Fannin made the third out. The Rebels energy started to come alive as they swung the bats. It was back to the top of the line up where Waldrep was walked and took her place on first base when Davis advanced her to second by taking a pitch to the legs. Russell came up to the plate as a power hitter when she hit a ball in the gap, straight through the shortstop. Kayleigh found herself standing on second base as her hit brought Waldrep home for the first run of the game. Eryn Mealer was ready to continue the trend when she hit a pop fly to left field for Denmark to catch, but proved to be unsuccessful in their attempt to throw Davis out as she advanced to home plate. Junior, Emma Mitchell, kept the momentum going as she made it to first base from a defensive error and brought Russell home. Nichols earned a double by hitting a bomb to center field and advanced Mitchell to third base just for Newton to hit her home. When the Danes finally earned their third out, they still had the lead with a score of 11-4.
Fannin almost had a perfect three up, three down outs with the exception of one batter making it to first base from a walk. Russell made the first out with a caught line drive at third base, Hensley made the second in right field with a caught pop fly, and freshman, Zoe Putnam, earned the third when she turned her back from second base and ran to catch a pop fly behind her. The Rebels were finally able to hold the Danes for an inning and were ready to hit like they did the last time. While they may have had good intentions, pop fly’s and strikeouts kept Fannin from scoring any runs and left Denmark ahead 11-4.
The Danes took the plate with the same energy the Rebels did. With bases loaded, Denmark hit a bullet right through third base to Peyton Bearden in left field. The hit brought one run to the plate. After the Danes scored one more run, Hensley came in from right field and took the mound. After two more runs score, Davis was the one to get the first out at shortstop by throwing to third base as a runner advanced home. The Rebels were able to earn their last two outs back to back as Putnam caught a pop fly at second base, and Mitchell stopped a ground ball at first base. Denmark was ready to close out the game after Russell was walked to first base. Mealer put the ball into action right where the Dane’s second basemen was able to make a double play. The Danes got their third and final out right after with a grounder to first base. The game ended with a run rule as Denmark walked away with a 17-4 victory.
While they have yet to play any region games, Fannin’s overall record stands at 0-4. Catch the Lady Rebels next game at Model High School tomorrow where they will be playing a double header, starting at 10 am!
If any of you are under the age of 18 and reading this article, then I imagine this week was probably a tough week for you. I say that because the majority of schools in the state of Georgia started back this week.
I can remember being in high school and having a knot of dread in my stomach the night before the first day of school. I’ve never been a morning person, so having to get up early was my first problem. Add in all of the homework and having to spend my days in one building…it was easy to tell I wasn’t a school person.
The good news is there was always one bright spot in all of this gloom, and that was football season. I know I’ve said it before on our sports show, Instant Replay, and probably in this column as well, but in high school I lived for football season. I never missed a game, home or away. Granted I was in the colorguard with the marching band, so most of the time I HAD to go. But I can still remember a handful of games where we weren’t required to go, and some of my friends got together and still went anyway.
Those were good times, but I dare to say that these are even better. I’m thankful to have a job that pays me to follow a sport that I love. But on the other hand, it’s a job that’s helping me to get an inside look on other sports that are sometimes forgotten, especially in the South where football is a religion.
I covered my first softball game on Tuesday. I have watched and worked softball games in the past, so in my defense I knew what to expect, but it was my first time reporting on a game. It was the Lumpkin County Lady Indians against the Pickens Dragonettes in the Lady Indians home opener. One thing I loved about this game was that it wasn’t just smooth sailing, if you will. Just to give a brief recap, the Nettes put three runs on the board first. By the fifth inning, it was looking as though the Lady Indians might lose their home opener. But as with all great teams, the Lady Indians weren’t going down without a fight and ended up coming back to win 4-3. Ironically, I went to the next game where they played each other tonight and the Nettes ended up winning 9-4.
Softball is just one of several high school sports that is played in the fall. There’s also volleyball and cross country. While I haven’t gotten the chance to go cover either of these events yet, I know that I probably will be in the near future.
I’ve never personally played volleyball competitively, but I know several people who have. And from what I do know about it, there’s more technique to setting and hitting the ball than there seems. Whenever I play for fun at the beach I just feel lucky to get it over the net. But there are certain ways to prepare before you serve the ball and where to place your feet when you’re in an official match. I don’t see how players keep up with everything, other than that they practice. I know it’s got to feel great whenever you take all of your frustration out by smacking the ball.
Now I enjoy running, but I could never run cross country. I’ve seen the joke that says “my sport is your sport’s punishment” and to be honest, that’s how I feel because I don’t know how they do it. I can remember talking to cross country runners in high school, and them telling me that they would get up at 6 a.m. to run. And for some of them, the distances they would run blew my mind. But the other incredible thing to me about cross country is how much of a mental sport it is. Not only do runners have to be trained physically to maintain a certain time, they also have to be trained physically to encourage themselves to keep going.
The point I’m trying to make is that even though I’m still learning about other sports, I respect them because I do know how hard they work. I see the social media posts, I know people that play, and I see the teams out practicing well before their season starts. And even though the summer is ending and we’re back to school, the exciting thing is we’re past the days of camps and well on our way to the actual competition. I can’t wait to see what all of these young athletes accomplish.
On 9/29, the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to Dawson County to kick off the region tournament. The teams would be playing a double header that day to determine who would move on to the playoffs. The steaks were high and both teams came ready to play.
For the first game of the day, Fannin started off batting. Dawson came out and got an early lead over Fannin where they put one run on the board just for the Rebels to tie it up in the second. It was an even game until the sixth inning where Fannin started to put the ball into action and added four runs to their score. Fannin had a great offensive game where they earned ten hits while Dawson earned seven. Senior, Macy Galloway, led Fannin in hits for the night with three over seven innings. Galloway was followed by seniors, Maleah Stepp and Alicia Jones who each had two hits for the game. All three of the seniors had an RBI for the game. Senior pitcher, Amelia Sneed, earned two strikeouts throughout the game and claimed the 6-3 victory over the Lady Tigers.
After a short break, the teams were ready to take on their second game of the day. This go around, Fannin would take the place as the home team and hit the field first. Both teams put up a fight on defense for three innings until Dawson was able to score one run in the fourth. The Tigers continued to score and Fannin responded in the bottom of the fifth with two runs. Rebel junior, Emily Waldrep, was the big hitter for the game with her two hits. Senior, Maleah Stepp, earned two RBI’s for Fannin and contributed to the score. Although Fannin out hit Dawson 8 to 7, the Lady Tigers walked away with a 4-2 victory over the Lady Rebels. With both teams winning one and losing one, they were matched up to compete at Dawson again the next Monday.
On 10/01, Fannin traveled back to Dawson County for their final game. The winner would be moving on into playoffs while this would be the losers last game. The coin toss before the game determined that Fannin would once again take the spot as the home team and take the field first. Fannin was ready for a game like the last when Dawson’s hitting came alive. After so many games against the same pitching, both teams started to adjust at the plate and made things happen. The Lady Tigers were hitting the ball in all of the right places and putting runs on the board while Fannin was still trying to adjust to their offense. The Lady Rebels started to hit in the bottom of the third and managed to get one run on the board before Dawson closed out the inning. Senior, Macy Galloway, earned three RBI’s throughout the game and added to Fannin’s score. Both teams had a perfect defense by not allowing any errors in the field. Amelia Sneed, pitched a great game for Fannin by earning two strikeouts. It was a high hitting game where Dawson County out hit Fannin 15 to 12. Despite both teams hustle and heart, Dawson County walked away with a 7-5 victory over Fannin. The Lady Rebels had a great season where they kept improving from the beginning and finished with an overall record of 11-15.
On 9/25, the Lady Rebels softball team prepared to take the field for their last home game as they took on Dawson County. Although the night came with many emotions, the Rebels were determined to play their last home game with everything they had.
Fannin took the field in their all black uniforms, ready to put up a fight for a win. The Lady Rebels wanted a win and you could tell by their performance on the field. The Rebels had a solid defense for two innings where they kept the Tigers from scoring any runs. All of the seniors played a huge role in Fannin’s defense for the night. Maleah Stepp in center and Reagan Young in right had a great night in the outfield full of great catches, Kyla Seabolt was aggressive at third base where she got big outs, Macy Galloway at short and Alicia Jones at second had some great snags in the infield that resulted in outs, and Amelia Sneed pitched a great game where she struck out five batters. As Fannin held Dawson on defense, the Rebels started to make things happen on offense. Stepp and Jones led the Rebels in hits for the night with two a piece. Over the first two innings, Fannin scored one run in each, resulting in a 2-0 lead.
The teams reversed roles for the next two innings where Dawson took the lead. The Tigers scored two runs in both the third and fourth inning as they held Fannin on defense. Dawson was ahead 4-2 going into the fifth inning when they managed to add another run to their score and held Fannin.
Both teams put up a fight in the sixth inning where they refused to let the other score. Fannin finally broke the trend at the bottom of the seventh inning where they scored two more runs. Although the Lady Rebels out hit the Lady Tigers 8 to 3, they were unable to put the runs on the board to catch up to Dawson. After an intense back and forth game, Fannin endured a heartbreaking loss of 5-4 to the Lady Tigers. Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 10-13 and their region record at 3-8.
On 9/24, the Lumpkin County softball team traveled from Dahlonega to take on the Lady Rebels. Fannin had just come from a win the game prior to the matchup and looked to continue the trend while Lumpkin sought to remain undefeated. It was an important week for the Lady Rebels where they would play three region games that would determine their ranking.
The Lady Indians started off with too much heat for the Rebels to take. They had a strong offensive game by being able to determine where they hit the ball. When they saw that the outfield was deep, they hit short. When the defense was playing up, they would hit it to the fence.
Lumpkin put eight runs on the board before Fannin began to adjust their defense. Amelia Sneed pitched a great game for Fannin, but was throwing right in Lumpkin’s power house. During the first inning, Fannin put in Kaelyn Hensley for a change in speed. When Fannin finally got their three outs, they managed to only get one run on the board to end the inning.
Fannin managed to adjust to the Indians offense for the next few innings. The Rebels scored five more runs while they only allowed the Indians to score one run until the sixth inning.
With the score at 9-6 in the sixth inning, Lumpkin found their second wind. They started hitting like they did in the first inning and added six runs to their score. When Fannin went up to bat in an attempt to make a comeback, Lumpkin earned three outs before the Rebels could score a run. The Lady Indians closed out the game in the sixth inning with a 15-6 victory over Fannin.
Lumpkin out hit Fannin 16-9 over six innings of play. Lady Rebel, Emily Waldrep, played a major role in Fannin’s offensive game for the night where she had three RBI’s. While fannin had six errors on defense, Lumpkin only had one.
The Lady Rebels loss put their overall record at 10-12 and their region record at 3-7. Lumpkin got to keep their undefeated streak, and remained at the number spot in the region.
On 9/20 the Lady Rebels softball team traveled to Rabun County to take on the the Lady Wildcats for their senior night. Fannin had just come from a win over Chestatee the game before and looked to continue their streak. Rabun looked to redeem themselves from their first game against Fannin where they lost 9-0.
Fannin started off hot on offense where they put four runs on the board before Rabun could get their three outs. Alicia Jones and Riley Davis led Fannin in hits for the night with two a piece. Kayleigh Russell added to Fannin’s score with two RBI’s, followed by Alicia Jones with one. Fannin continued to add on to their score as they held Rabun on offense until the fourth inning where they reversed roles.
After Fannin kept adding onto their score and holding Rabun at zero for three innings, the Lady Wildcats started to score as they held Fannin. The last few innings they did score, Fannin only allowed Rabun to score one run in each.
Maleah Stepp had a great night on defense for the Lady Rebels with multiple diving catches in center field. Amelia Sneed had four strikeouts over seven innings on the mound for Fannin. While Rabun made six errors on defense, Fannin only made three.
Both teams had eight hits for the night, but Fannin was able to put more runs on the board. At the end of the seventh inning, Fannin found themselves with a 7-3 victory over the Lady Wildcats. The Lady rebels win put their overall record at 10-11 while their region record remained the same at 3-6.
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.