It certainly wasn’t easy, but the Calhoun Lady Jackets earned a subregion win at home on Thursday as they were the last team standing in a back-and-forth battle against Bremen.
The Lady Jackets (12-3, 2-1 subregion) jumped on top early with a 4-1 lead after the first inning, but Bremen battled back and took a 7-6 lead after four. Calhoun then scored the decisive two runs in the fifth and held on from there thanks to the strong relief pitching of Blair Hall who earned the win.
Hall went five innings in relief and gave up one run (unearned) on two hits while striking out two. Maggie McBrayer started the game and went two innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on three hits. Bremen drew seven walks in the game.
Offensively, a quartet of Calhoun players had two hits apiece. Lyndi Rae Davis led the way with two hits and two RBIs. Hall added two hits an RBI and two runs scored, Anna Taylor had two hits and two runs scored and Carlie Henderson also had two hits. Maddie Bumgardner and Adella Carver drove in a run apiece as well. Erin Barnes reached base twice on walks and scored a run.
Calhoun visited Bremen on Tuesday. (For details on that game, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.) They will be back home Wednesday to host rival Sonoraville at 5 p.m. in a game with big subregion implications.
In other recent prep action:
Gordon Central 15, Coosa 1
The Lady Warriors were patient at the plate on Thursday and that led to a big night on the scoreboard in a dominant four-inning, mercy-rule shortened region road win.
Gordon Central (3-9, 3-5) drew an amazing 12 walks in the game, which lasted only four innings. Destiny Parker drew three walks and drove in two runs, Mackenzie Hall and Cheyenne Temple walked twice apiece and each drove in a run and Cristian Knight also had two RBIs. Morgan Frank added two hits, including a double, and one RBI, and Kaleigh Rogers contributed a hit and an RBI. Dalyn Muse also had a hit and scored two runs.
Frank earned the win in the circle by pitching the four-inning complete game. She allowed one run on two hits while striking out six.
Gordon Central was on the road at Pepperell on Tuesday. (For details on that game, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.) They visit Armuchee on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Haralson County 5, Calhoun 4
The Lady Jackets rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the sixth, but Haralson County scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to send Calhoun to a subregion loss on Friday.
Calhoun (12-4, 2-2 subregion) was behind 4-3 after five innings but scored the tying run in the sixth. However, they couldn’t push across any more, and Haralson County took advantage in the bottom of the seventh. Lyndi Rae Davis had a big offensive day with a homer among her two hits with two RBIs and two runs scored. Carlie Henderson and Anna Taylor each added three hits, Blair Hall had two hits and an RBI and Audrey Wilbanks drove in a run and had a hit.
Calhoun, Sonoraville compete at Score Tournament
Both Calhoun and Sonoraville traveled to Chattanooga over the weekend to play in the Score Tournament at Warner Park and each team faced tough competition.
The Lady Jackets went 1-1 as they only played on Saturday due to a rescheduled subregion game at Haralson County on Friday. In their two games, Calhoun (13-5) lost to Wesleyan 3-2 and defeated Rockmart 7-0. In the loss to Wesleyan, Carlie Henderson had two hits, and Jordan Blair drove in a run. Maggie McBrayer took the loss despite pitching well, going all seven innings and giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out 12.
Against Rockmart, Blair Hall got the complete-game shutout win by going seven innings and giving up just three hits while striking out three. Offensively, Lyndi Rae Davis had two hits and two RBIs, Anna Taylor added a double, and Audrey Wilbanks and Hannah Mashburn each had a hit and an RBI.
The Lady Phoenix (11-10) played both Friday and Saturday at the tournament and finished 1-3 in their four games. On Friday, Sonoraville dropped two one-run ball games, losing 6-5 to Gordon Lee and 4-3 to Cass. They rebounded in their first game on Saturday to beat Dalton, 5-4, before closing the tournament out with a 7-2 loss to Christian Heritage.
Sonoraville visited Adairsville for a doubleheader on Tuesday. (For details on that game, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.) They will visit rival Calhoun on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Calhoun moves into tie for first in area with win
Calhoun earned a three-set win over Bremen on the road on Thursday night to put them in a tie for first place in Area 1-AAA alongside the Lady Blue Devils.
The two teams have now split their regular-season meetings after Bremen won the other matchup in two sets on Aug. 24. Calhoun (21-10, 4-1) continues their momentum from the last few weeks with the victory as they have now won 12 of their last 13 matches.
Contributing big stat nights for the Lady Jackets were Anna George with six kills, three blocks and two aces, Sophie Stewart with six kills and two aces and Erin Kelly with five aces and a block. Erin Davis added three aces and two blocks, Ashlyn Brzozoski had three digs and one ace, Ashton Ensley and Jenna Santori each had three digs, Callie Ledford contributed two aces and a dig, Railey Greeson added two digs and an ace and Emma Kate Smith had two aces.
Calhoun visited Adairsville on Tuesday. (For details on that match, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.) They will be on the road on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Northwest Whitfield for a tri-match along with Cartersville.
Lady Phoenix sweep on the road
Sonoraville went on the road and picked up two big wins Thursday evening. They opened with a victory over fellow Area 1-AAA foe Haralson County in three sets (25-17, 13-25, 25-18), avenging an earlier loss to the Rebels. The Lady Phoenix then defeated Class AAAA Chapel Hill in two sets (25-19, 25-19).
“This is the beginning of our second round of area matches,” said Sonoraville coach Trace Vaughn, “and we came out much more determined, moving and passing better, and having fun. Our serve and serve-receive especially were much improved. If we can stay that focused and determined, we will be a major factor in our area before it’s all said and done.”
Kinsey Wilson set the defensive tone for the evening with 17 digs and was also 7-of-7 serving. Skylar Huskins added 11 digs, two kills and two aces on 15-of-15 serving. Alea Johnson had 23 assists and three digs. Also contributing to the wins were: Bree Steely with seven kills, five aces, three digs and three blocks, Abby Chambers with five kills, Hannah Wehunt with four digs and three aces on 15-of-15 serving, Anissa Hales with six digs and Sam Lewis and Alexis Lincoln with three kills each.
Sonoraville’s junior varsity also defeated both Haralson County and Chapel Hill.
The Lady Phoenix (11-16, 2-3) returned home to host Bremen and Allatoona in a tri-match on Tuesday. (For details on those matches, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.) They will host Adairsville and Southeast Whitfield on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Sonoraville Rec.