A walk-off home run propelled Lady Jackets to a decisive, dramatic victory over Red Boiling Springs, 11-8. The game was tied at eight with Lady Jackets batting in the bottom of the seventh when Hannah Hailey homered on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring three runs.
“This is my 4th year as the head softball coach (2nd year as head coach in High School) and this was the biggest ‘statement’ win we have had during my time. After a heart-breaking loss to Gordonsville last Thursday on a walk-off homerun and to turn right back around and perform at a high level the next game to another district rival really shows what drive our girls have to win. Tonight we beat a great team [Red Boiling Springs] and I have nothing but respect for their program. Coach Stacey Gregory has really done a fantastic job getting her girls ready to play. This is the first of many meetings between our programs in 2019” stated 2nd year head coach Blake Satterfield.
Hailey collected four hits in five at bats to help lead Lady Jackets to victory. Hailey homered in the first, singled in the second, doubled in the fourth, and homered in the seventh.
Lady Jackets opened up scoring in the second inning when Camyron Hurd singled, scoring one run.
Red Boiling Springs evened things up at eight in the top of the sixth inning when an error scored one run for Red Boiling Springs.
After Red Boiling Springs scored four runs in the top of the fourth, Lady Jackets answered with four of their own. Red Boiling Springs scored when Deckard homered on a 1-0 count, scoring four runs. Lady Jackets then answered when Kirsten Eversole singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run and an error scored two runs for Lady Jackets.
Hailey got the start for Lady Jackets. She went seven innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and striking out nine.
“I can’t say enough good things about her [Hailey], to be in the pitching circle is a “lonely” spot in the game of softball. Everyone is watching you and critiquing each move you make and for Hannah to last all seven innings and come through on the offensive side with 4 hits shows how much of a ‘ball player’ she really is. Many do not realize, but all of her hits came at clutch moments with runners in scoring position. The walk-off homerun in the 7th will be a memory I will never forget” stated Coach Satterfield when asked about Hannah Hailey’s performance.
Lady Jackets hit two home runs on the day. Hailey went yard in the first and seventh innings.
Lady Jackets saw the ball well Tuesday night, racking up ten hits in the game. Hailey, Faith Winter, and Makayla Crook each had multiple hits for Lady Jackets. Hailey led Lady Jackets with four hits in five at bats.
The Lady Jackets are off the rest of the week, but pick back up on Monday (April 15th) at home against the Lady Bison of Station Camp.
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