Lady Devils softball has huge win on the road

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 Swain wasted little time in getting a big lead on Tuesday.  Lady Devils batted around in the 1st scoring 11 runs on their way to a 23-0 win.  Swain had pounded out 18 hits in route to the 23-0 win over Rabun Gap-Nacoochee.  Every Lady Devil saw action and got at least one at bat in the Swain victory.

Kenzie Eagleman had her first home run of the season, and then followed that with her second home run of the season.  Eagleman would add a double for a perfect 3-3 day and drive in 7 runs, before coming out of the game.  Brayden Taylor added her second home run of the season and finished 2-3 with 5 rbi.  Stacey Griggs and Kendall Bowers added 3 hits each for the Lady Devils, while Ashton Younce finished with a pair of hits.

Stacey Griggs picked up the win in the circle, working 2 scoreless innings, before giving way to Anneleise Cook.  Griggs and Cook combined for the shutout, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 6.

The Lady Devils didn’t fare as well Friday when they took on Murphy.  In the end it would be Murphy who came away with a hard fought 3-2 win over the Lady Devils.

But for seven innings the two teams stood toe-to-toe with each other and went at it.  It was a game of defense, pitching and timely hitting.

For the Lady Devils, it boiled down to 5 costly errors that turned the tide.  Murphy tallied all 3 of their runs in the decisive 4th inning, where a Swain miscue allowed Murphy to score all of their runs.  It erased a 1-0 lead the Lady Devils had held since the 1st inning.

In that 1st inning, Brayden Taylor reached on a Bulldog error and advanced to 2nd base to open the game.  Taylor was able to steal 3rd base and come in to score the first run of the game on a Kenzie Eagleman double.

It would be all of Swain’s scoring until the 5th inning.  Kele Eagleman led off the inning with a single to left field.  Ayianna West followed that with a single of her own, and one out later Kendall Bowers loaded the bases with an infield single.  Kele Eagleman would come home to score on Kenzie Eagleman’s fielders choice.

Ayianna West finished 2-3, while Kele Eagleman was 1-2 and reached a 2nd time after being hit by a pitch.  Kenzie Eagleman and Ashton Younce were 1-3, with Eagleman driving in both Swain runs.

In the circle Stacey Griggs turned in another ace like performance.  The sophomore yielded six hits and walked 3 batters, and worked out of trouble throughout the game.  She struck out 5 and gave up no earned runs in 7 innings of work.

The Swain County varsity softball team has a home conference game vs. rival school Robbinsville on Friday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m.

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