Weather continues to hamper Lady Braves

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By Paul Gable

Marlin Gregg is faced with a possible dilemma that is out of his control as his team prepares for its trip to Alabama.

Should this week's games at Highlands and Owen County be postponed due to weather, it would be approximately six days since Gregg and his Grant County softball team saw the field against an opponent.

"I was really wanting to get a game in before we left," said Gregg, whose team hits the road for the Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Tournament this week.

At the tournament, the Lady Braves will be one of 61 teams representing seven states, and they are guaranteed three games before advancing into a single-elimination pool bracket.

"My main goal is to find a line-up we can go most of the year with. Consistency and chemistry are more important to me than wins," Gregg said of his goals heading into the tournament.

When GCHS has been on the field, the results have been mixed for the Lady Braves, who feature a combination of younger and experienced players with their first-year coach.

In a scrimmage against Estill, last year's 16th region champion, Grant County fell 12-5 despite trailing 4-3 going into the fourth inning. In that game, Taryn Biddle, a freshman, stepped up as the lead-off hitter, according to Gregg.

The Lady Braves also lost 21-5 to Harrison County in a scrimmage. In the game, Gregg started all eighth grade pitchers and an eighth grade catcher and used the game to look at his younger players.

Grant County opened the season on March 25 with a 16-5 road win at Carroll County thanks, in part, to a solid pitching performance from Roy, who threw 94 pitches, walked five, struck out seven and allowed four hits. Biddle was 4-for-5, needing only a single to hit for the cycle.

The thrill of victory was short-lived, however, as the Lady Braves fell 10-0 to Bishop Brossart in six innings.

"We lost focus right off the bat. I could see it in warm-ups. Three runs were scored before there was a clean hit," Gregg said.

Gregg singled out the play of Biddle, Alesa Collinsworth, a junior shortstop, senior Jacey Notle and freshman Jessica Gregg, who has stolen six bases.