Lady Yellow Jackets softball finds its stride
Hayesville’s “queens of swing” have had an unstable year on the softball diamond. The Lady Jackets have had big wins but have also had to endure some tough losses. Hayesville faced off with two Smoky Mountain Conference foes last week and picked up two wins which is not only a positive for this season, but also for the future. The Lady Jackets opened the week with a 1-0 win over Rosman and headed into spring break with a 4-1 victory against Murphy.
It’s not often one run will win a softball game but that’s all Hayesville needed against the Lady Tigers of Rosman. The Lady Jackets struggled at the plate and managed only one hit which came from the bat of Jaquelyn Stewart. Hayesville’s lone run came in the fourth inning when Kaitlyn Edwards scored on a Whitney Baldwin sacrifice. The minimal run support was all Stewart and her pitching partner Lindsey Davis needed from the rubber. The dynamic duo allowed no runs on one hit and struck out seven Rosman batters. “It was a different kind of game but I’m proud of our girls for doing what they had to do to win”, said head coach Chad McClure.
Hayesville welcomed Murphy to town in hopes of completing the season sweep of their No.1 rival. The Lady Jackets jumped on the Lady Bulldogs early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Murphy cut the lead in half in the top of the second with a run of their own. That was as close as the Lady Bulldogs would get and Hayesville added two more runs in the fifth. Senior Emily Faggard and Stewart each crossed the plate twice to account for the Lady Jackets’ four runs. Davis topped the RBI box for Hayesville with two while Kaitlyn Edwards and Maddie Payne each knocked in one run. Payne also had the team’s only walk. The win gave the Lady Jackets a season record of 6-5 with five games left in the regular season.
The Lady Jackets will return to the field after spring break Tuesday, April 19 when they travel to Blue Ridge, N.C. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.