GRAFTON – The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Girls Softball program went to battle against the Lady Braves of Bridgeport this past Tuesday, April 27, in a back-and-forth contest that would test the resolve of both teams.
The Lady Braves jumped out to an early lead in the first inning from a walk and a base hit to finish the first with a score of 2-0.
The Lady Knights would counter in the next inning to take the lead at the end of the second up 3-2.
The next few innings would see multiple lead changes from both teams as the fourth inning approached the Lady Knights found themselves down 7-5.
The next half inning would find the Lady Knights guided by the dominant pitching arm of Lillie Crimm, and solid defensive play going into the bottom of the fifth as the Lady Knights found their offensive footing with a slew of hits, and few walks from almost each girl in the line up which by the top of the sixth inning would have the Lady Knights up with a score of 17-7.
The Lady Braves would threaten again in the final half of the seventh inning adding on two more runs, but it wouldn’t be enough to secure the victory as the Lady Knights celebrated a hard-fought game with a final score of 17-9.
An excited assistant coach Chase Setler had this to say after the game, “We stepped up and made the plays that we needed to make. We also did a good job hitting the ball and doing our job at the plate. I’m extremely proud of how all the girls listened and put it into play. Any win against Bridgeport is always that much sweeter.”
“The girls played with tremendous amount of heart and they had faith in themselves and each other. I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls; they have been working so hard and pushing themselves to get better and I feel everyone saw the results of that determination and winning mentality here on the field against a tough Bridgeport Lady Braves team,” added head coach Joe Mauller.
The TCMS Lady Knights returned to action last night traveling to Barrackville.