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Late rally falls short for Lady Jacket softball


Photo by Travis Dockery / 389 Country

Addison Bunch lets a pitch fly in the first inning against Swain.


By Travis Dockery

Editor


The Hayesville Lady Yellow Jackets hosted Swain County on Thursday, April 28 for a Smoky Mountain Conference showdown. After falling behind 9-0 early, Hayesville's bats came alive in later innings, but it was too-little-too-late and the Lady Jackets fell 20-11.


In the top of the first, the Lady Maroon devils wasted know time grabbing the lead and early momentum with 5 runs in the top of the first. Swain added 4 more in top of the third to put Hayesville in a 9-0 hole. The Lady Jackets broke through in the bottom of the third with a single run.


Just when it looked like the tone was changing, the Lady Devils plated another 5 runs in the top of the fourth to build a 14-1 lead. Even though things didn't look good, Hayesville kept swinging. In the bottom half of the inning, the Lady Jackets figured out Swain's pitching and put together a string of hits for 3 runs before the third out.


Swain gained those runs back in the top of the sixth with 3 of their own to make the score 17-8. The Lady Jackets kept swatting away in the bottom of the inning and managed another trio of runs to close the gap to 17-11.


In the seventh and final inning, the Lady Devils tacked on 3 runs in their half and shut down Hayesville in the bottom of the inning to hand the Lady Jackets a 20-11 loss.


"We didn't quit," said coach Jerry Payne following the game. "We will suit up and try again against Cherokee."


The loss dropped Hayesville's overall record to 4-7. A 2-7 conference record puts the Lady Jackets in fifth place in the SMC with three games left to play. Next up is a conference game in Cherokee on Friday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Braves won the first matchup between the teams by a final of 5-4.



Photo by Travis Dockery / 389 Country

Jacket Nation enjoys a beautiful backdrop while cheering on the Lady Jackets.

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