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Lady Braves sweep tournament

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By Matt Birkholtz

The Grant County Lady Braves had a successful tournament appearance May 6-7 at the Egelston-Maynard Sports Classic at Rivershore Park in Erlanger.

The first game of the tournament however, was played at the Walton-Verona Sports Complex, as the Lady Braves were set to face the Lady Bearcats of Walton-Verona.

Grant County took care of business defeating Walton-Verona 4-1.

“This game serves as two purposes,” Lady Braves coach Ott Reed said. “One was to sweep them in the season series for district seeding and two, to get a win in the tournament.”

Grant County beat Walton-Verona 6-1 on May 5 at Grant County High School.

The Lady Braves went into the Saturday games with two players down with injuries – junior shortstop Erica Stith with a back injury and senior catcher Taryn Biddle with a broken arm, which she suffered against Scott County April 21.

“Our team looked like a depleted unit out there,” Reed said.

In the second game, the Lady Braves defeated Holmes 12-1 in five innings and in the following game, beat Bullitt Central 2-1 in six innings. In the final game, the Lady Braves defeated Lloyd Memorial 9-1, to sweep the tournament.

“It felt good coming off the two wins against Walton, because we wanted to redeem ourselves ever since the Tennessee tournament earlier in the season,” junior centerfielder Morgan McClure said.

One vital factor for the team is senior pitcher Katelyn Roy. Roy pitched three games in one day in a recent tournament in Bullitt County and coach Reed said that there isn’t enough to say about her effort.

“She keeps getting better one game at a time,” he said.

With senior night looming May 12 against Trimble County, Roy knows it will be an emotional night for her.

“I am definitely going to cry,” she said. “But, I know it is not the end of my softball career. I will be playing at the collegiate level at Transylvania University.”

Roy contributes everything she has learned to her dad and coach Reed.

“My freshman year, he retired and I wrote him a note asking him to come back and telling him how much I missed him and he saw how bad the team was without him and he decided to come back. I love him to death.”

Game time for the Trimble County/Grant County game is set for 5:45 p.m. May 12. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.