Lady Jackets take two wins from opponents
After a rocky start to the season, the varsity Lady Yellow Jacket softball team was able to get things headed in the right direction with a come-from-behind 7-4 win over Murphy and an 8-6 home victory over Andrews. The two wins gave Hayesville its first winning streak of the season.
Things didn’t get off to a great start for the Lady Jackets in Murphy. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to the lead in the first inning and by the fifth, Murphy was up 4-0. Hayesville came roaring back in the top of the sixth with a 4 run explosion to tie things up. The rivals remained deadlocked through the standard seven innings, forcing extras. The Lady Jackets set the tone by adding 3 more runs to the scoreboard. Murphy was unable to answer in their half of the inning which gave Hayesville the win.
Courtney Vandiver was the “Queen of Swing” for the game with three hits and an RBI. Freshman Rebecca Cothren continued her impressive season with two hits, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Speedsters Emma Brown and Whitney Baldwin each managed to steal a base while pitchers Lindsey Davis and Jaquelyn Stewart combined for the win. Following the game coach Chad McClure said “This was a huge win for us. It’s always great to beat Murphy but a conference win was something we really needed. Maybe this will give us momentum.”
Hayesville then put that momentum to the test as they defended their home field against Andrews on a dark and wet day.
As the drizzle turned into a steady rain, the Lady Jackets provided steady hits which put them up 8-0 on the Lady Wildcats by the end of the fourth.
Andrews didn’t just roll over and give Hayesville the win and by the seventh inning the score was 8-6.
The Lady Jackets dug deep and recorded the final out of the game to solidify the win.
“Mad Dog” Maddie Payne didn’t let the rain affect her. The junior had a double, a triple and 2 RBI’s. Senior Emily Faggard also found success in the wet weather going 3-4 with 2 RIB’s. Stewart was the starting pitcher for Hayesville and lasted the entire game to add the win to her record.
The next two games for Hayesville will both be at home. On Friday, April 1 the Lady Jackets will host Swain and on Tuesday, April 5 the Lady Tigers of Rosman will come to town.