Weather wreaks havoc on Lady Jackets’ schedule
The Hayesville varsity softball team had a busy week. With the addition of a make-up game on Monday, the Lady Jackets had three contests on the docket for the week. The week started off on a high note with an 11-5 win in Cherokee. That joy was short lived however as Hayesville fell to Robbinsville 11-3 the very next night. The game scheduled for Thursday, March 31 against Swain County was rained out and rescheduled for Monday, April 4. Unfortunately for the Lady Jackets, that too ended as a loss with Swain coming out ahead 6-1.
Hayesville rolled into Cherokee on March 25 to take on the Lady Braves. Cherokee struck first with three runs in their half of the first inning. The score remained 3-0 until the fourth when Hayesville broke the shutout with 1 run. The Lady Jackets then added three runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead.
The Lady Braves countered in the bottom of the inning and regained the lead 5-4. Hayesville broke the game open in the sixth with a seven run offensive explosion. While the offense was clicking, the Lady Jackets struggled in the field committing nine errors.
Senior slugger Kaitlyn Edwards came up a single short of hitting for the cycle. Edwards went 3-4 with a double, triple, home run and scored twice. She hit a home run that was later called a dead ball due to an errant baseball. Edwards returned to the batter’s box with a smile to continue the at bat. The universe stepped in to right the wrong and Edwards again took the pitch deep.
Sophomore Jaquelyn Stewart also showed off her talent at the plate with four hits, an RBI and one run scored. Stewart paired with Lindsey Davis on the pitching rubber to lead Hayesville to the win. Coach Chad McClure commented after the 11-5 win saying, “We were lucky the errors didn’t cost us this one. Lindsey and Jaquelyn pitched really well for us which gave us the opportunity to win.” McClure also spoke about Edwards’ performance, “Kaitlyn had a great game at the plate. I just wish she could have gotten that single she needed for the cycle.”
The next night Hayesville traveled to Robbinsville to face the Lady Black Knights. The Lady Jackets fell behind early and failed to mount a rally, losing the game 11-3. However, Edwards continued her show of power at the plate when she belted another hit over the fence. Edwards had a scary moment when a miscommunication caused a ball to strike Edwards in the head. She was later checked out and released with no major injury.
Junior Maddie Payne went 2-4 in the game with a double. Freshman Rebecca Cothren also managed two hits for the evening. Davis got the start as pitcher for Hayesville but had to leave the game after only two innings when she was struck in the knee by a line drive. Stewart was brought in to finish the game for the Lady Jackets.
“We have to not only execute better in the field but we also need to be more aggressive at the plate.”, said McClure. “If we do that, we will be in good shape to win games.”
In rescheduled game against Swain, Hayesville’s lack of offense was the deciding factor in the game. Jaquelyn Stewart and Lindsey Davis shared pitching duties and held the Lady Maroon Devils to only six runs. In the bottom of the seventh Maddie Payne kept the Lady Jackets’ hopes alive with a leadoff single. Hayesville looked to be on the verge of a comeback rally, but Swain sealed the deal and handed the Lady Jackets a 6-1 loss.
Hayesville’s final game before spring break will be at home Friday, April 8 against Murphy with first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m.