Lady Devils softball notches 10th win of the season
Bryson City – It was a rematch of the second game of the season for the Lady Devils on Friday, April 5. In that game Hiwassee Dam scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th to defeat Swain 5-4. It would be the 12 straight loss for the Lady Devils to Hiwassee Dam, that covered a 6 year span. Friday was a different story as the Lady Devils made a strong statement. Swain scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 12-2 win in 5 innings.
The Lady Devils played without leading hitter Kendall Bowers, and with pitching ace Stacey Griggs unavailable to pitch. Swain was undaunted though, getting solid production from up and down their lineup and a strong effort from freshman Anneleise Cook in the circle.
Cook pitched a gem in only her first varsity start of the season. She went the distance scattering 4 hits and giving up only 1 earned run, while striking out 4 and walking 3. Cook picked up her 2nd win of the season.
At the plate Swain had 14 hits in 30 at bats. The Lady Devils got at least one hit from 8 out of their 9 batters. Leading the way was junior Kenzie Eagleman who went 3-4 with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs scored. Eagleman connected on her 3rd home run of the season with a solo shot to centerfield.
Savana Smith, Maize Helpman, Kele Eagleman and Kensley Chambers all had 2 hits in the game. Chambers drove in a career high 3 runs, while Kele Eagleman scored 3 runs, and Helpman scored twice. Leadoff hitter Brayden Taylor coaxed a pair of walks and added a hit, scoring twice and stealing 2 bases.
The Lady Devils will return to the field on Tuesday, April 16 for a doubleheader versus Cherokee then Rabun-Gap Nacoochee. The first game begins at 4:30 p.m. Then, the team will travel on Thursday, April 18 to Andrews High School with a 4:30 p.m. start. On Friday, April 19, the Lady Devils will travel to Asheville to compete against the Asheville Trailblazers.
Stand Up Against Bullying event
On Tuesday, April 16, the Swain County Lady Maroon Devils softball team will host a double header with Cherokee and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee. This same night, the team is holding a Stand Up Against Bullying evening. All three teams will be wearing crazy socks in an effort to generate support and awareness for bullying in our communities.
Last week, Lady Devils athletes provided the following on why the event is an important one for the community.
“Solutions for bullying are not simple. It is a problem that is best attacked by our whole community. So if you see or experience bullying, stand up and report it to someone, let’s tackle this problem together” - junior Ashton Younce
“Please join us on April 16 as we join with our friends from Cherokee and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee in trying to raise awareness against Bullying.” - junior Kenzie Eagleman
“On Tuesday, April 16, we will be wearing funny, colorful socks as a way to raise awareness of bullying. Both Cherokee and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee will join us for this special evening.” - senior Kendall Bowers
“We hope to make a difference by raising awareness about bullying, we hope you will join us on April 16, as we take a stand against bullying.” - senior Ayianna West