Lady Braves fall short of ‘state’

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By Matt Birkholtz

For five innings the game looked like it was going to be in the hands of the Lady Braves. That was until in the top of the sixth when Collins tied the game at 4-4 on a three-run home run and then took a 6-4 lead that would be the final score, ending the high school careers of seniors Taryn Biddle and Katelyn Roy for Grant County High School.


“It happened so fast,” coach Ott Reed said. “It wasn’t a bad pitch by Roy. I just think I called the wrong pitch.”

Reed said that Roy was cruising around for the first five innings, only allowing two hits, before the disastrous home run that pushed the tie.

The Lady Braves ended the season 26-12, but their goal was much higher than that.

“It was disappointing to know it was my last game and that there was nothing Katelyn and I could do about it,” Biddle said.

Reed, who had left the team four years ago, came back due to Biddle and Roy sending him a letter asking for him to come back and coach.

Last season the Lady Braves advanced to the 8th Region Championship game, losing the game on a play at the plate, losing their chance at going to the state tournament.

“It was tough this time,” Biddle said. “We just grouped together and cried as a team.”

With the season over, Biddle and Roy bid farewell to their Grant County teammates, as they prepare for college softball.

“Taryn was a competitor,” Reed said. “One thing I learned from her when she got injured during the season was that she is also a good second baseman.”

Biddle is heading to Asbury University to play softball for the Lady Eagles. She will be one of the catchers on the team.

Biddle is excited for moving to the next level.

“I’m excited, even though it feels surreal to me,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot different.”

Roy will be pitching for Transylvania College next season.

“I have seen Roy pitch since she first began softball,” Reed said. “Even though their high school careers are over, that is what high school softball is all about. It is about developing the players for the next level.”

Reed hasn’t decided whether or not he will return to coach next season.

“The program is doing well, but it needs more development,” he said. “I have to decide whether I am the person to continue this development.”

As for advice for the incoming seniors, Morgan McClure and Erica Stith, Biddle gives this advice for them as leaders of the Lady Braves.

“Just work hard and with teamwork, this team can do what they have their minds set to,” Biddle said.