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Lady Braves earn win on senior night

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By Ryan Naus

Heading into their senior night game against Notre Dame, the Grant County softball team had won five straight games.

The Lady Braves continued with their winning ways, coming away with a 4-1 victory over Notre Dame on May 13.

“I thought that was the best defensive game we played all year,” coach Ott Reed said. “We were stinging the ball at the plate and manufactured our runs.”

“We played well, but we could have hit better than we did,” Sara Edwards said. “But it’s great to win on senior night. I’m happy that we’re winning and hopefully we’ll continue on a winning streak.”

The Lady Braves did all their damage in the bottom of the second inning, as Morgan McClure set the tone, hustling for a triple with one out. Katie Gregg followed with a single and stealing second base. Kaitlyn Bingaman laid down a bunt, driving in a run and reaching first base safely. McClure scored when she knocked the ball out of the catcher’s glove on a slide into home.

Gregg and Bingaman each scored on passed balls to put Grant County ahead 3-0. Kara O’Connor kept the inning alive by drawing a walk and Taryn Biddle continued with a single. Jessica Smith drove O’Connor in with a single as Grant County led 4-0.

The Lady Braves played solid defense and kept Notre Dame off the scoreboard until the top of the fifth inning, as the Lady Pandas got their only hit of the game and took advantage of walks to score on a groundout. With runners on the corners, Notre Dame tried to cut into the lead, but a flyout ended the threat.

Katelyn Roy allowed one hit, but walked four while striking out six.

“When Katelyn is in control of herself, she’s fine,” Reed said. “But it’s so exasperating when she gets behind in counts. She becomes her own worst enemy because she then starts aiming the ball.”

The Lady Braves have built momentum during their winning streak as they prepare for the district tournament and enjoyed continuing their streak to honor their seniors.

“We feel confident heading into the districts,” Bingaman said. “We’re taking it day-by-day and we’re trying our best with every game. We could get the bats on the ball a little better, but that comes with practice. I’m glad that we won and I could be with the team I’ve been with for seven years. It feels great.”

Lady Braves continue streak with win over Highlands

Grant County knew they wanted to end their regular season on a winning note.

With a 4-1 win over Highlands, they did just that.

The game was shortened due to rain, but with their seventh win in a row, the Lady Braves feel prepared for the district tournament as they face Walton-Verona on May 19.

(Results were not available at press time, but visit www.grantky.com and read next week’s Grant County News for more information.)