Roller coaster week for Lady Jackets
After dropping the season opener to Rosman, the varsity Lady Jacket softball team looked to have things back on track when they dominated Blue Ridge 21-0. Hayesville then traveled to Swain County where they suffered a heart breaking 3-2 loss at the hands of the Maroon Devils.
The Lady Jackets wowed their home crowd with an offensive explosion against the Bobcats of Blue Ridge. Hayesville put up six runs in the first inning and seven more in the second to set the tone for the game. Senior Kaitlyn Edwards was a super slugger in the game going 4-5 with a homerun, recording three RBI’s and scoring three times. Emily Faggard and Whitney Baldwin each ended the night with one RBI and matching triples. Baldwin and fellow senior Maddie Payne led the team on the base paths with a pair of stolen bases each. Lindsey Davis started the game in the pitching circle and went four innings allowing only one hit and racking up five strikeouts. Jacquelyn Stewart came on in the final inning and struck out two of the three batters she faced. The 21-0 blowout was a boost the team needed moving forward.
Next up on the schedule were the Lady Maroon Devils of Swain County. The game was a stalemate for the first three innings but Swain pushed a run across the plate in the fourth and fifth innings. Hayesville rallied in the sixth and seventh innings making the score 2-2 heading into the bottom of the final inning. Swain celebrated the victory after a walk off slap bunt brought home the winning run. Edwards and Stewart were responsible for knocking in Hayesville’s two runs. Davis again pitched for Hayesville and ended with a miniscule ERA of 1.05 for the game. The Lady Jackets committed four errors which proved costly for the team. Coach Chad McClure commented after the game saying “That one is tough to swallow. We fought hard and came back on them but we just couldn’t seal the deal.”
Hayesville will return home on March 17 to take on Hiwassee Dam. Jacket Nation can expect the first pitch to be thrown at 4:30 p.m.