2011-10-05 / Sports

On senior day

Lady Spartans clinch No. 2 playoff seed
By Tres Bragg tresbragg@bellsouth.net


This line drive triple by EBA senior Claire Rives started a huge offensive spark in the third inning for the Lady Spartans. The hit was part of a four-run inning, which eventually led to a 9-4 victory for Edmund Burke. This line drive triple by EBA senior Claire Rives started a huge offensive spark in the third inning for the Lady Spartans. The hit was part of a four-run inning, which eventually led to a 9-4 victory for Edmund Burke. On a day when the EBA softball team needed its senior players to step up, they did so … and then some.

The Lady Spartan softball team won a crucial game against the Robert Toombs Lady Crusaders Monday afternoon (Oct. 3), which secured them a No. 2 seed in the state playoffs and home field advantage in the first round. And, the seniors played a huge role in the big win.

After two slow innings from both teams to start the game, the Lady Spartans came alive in the top of the third. Senior Claire Rives started the offensive spark with a line drive triple to the outfield. Amber Chambers drove Rives in to score, giving Edmund Burke a 1-0 lead. After Gray Lewis’ bunt advanced Chambers to second base, Kasie Hargrove hit a hard grounder to the outfield. With runners on the corners, Katelynn Kent stepped up to the plate.


Senior members of the EBA softball team were honored at Monday afternoon’s game against Robert Toombs. Pictured from left are Ansleigh Dickey, Laura Kathryn Johnson, Amanda Bragg and Claire Rives. Senior members of the EBA softball team were honored at Monday afternoon’s game against Robert Toombs. Pictured from left are Ansleigh Dickey, Laura Kathryn Johnson, Amanda Bragg and Claire Rives. Kent found the pitch she was waiting for, driving it to the outfield and bringing both runners in to score. Senior Ansleigh Dickey kept the inning alive with another hit for the Lady Spartans that advanced Kent to second base. Shelby Harris knocked Kent in from third base, giving Edmund Burke a 4- 0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning.

Robert Toombs threatened to score in the bottom half of the inning when they had runners on the corners and just one out. But freshman pitcher Kayley Sapp struck out the next batter before causing the third and final out on a slow ground ball to Kent at first base. The Lady Spartans maintained their 4-0 lead.

EBA added to their lead in the fourth when Dickey’s grounder to short stop took a bad hop and found the outfield. Speedy pinch runner Abi Quick crossed the plate to give the Lady Spartans a 5-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, Sapp had another huge strikeout, this time to Robert Toombs’ most dangerous hitter. EBA catcher Hannah Jenkins threw out a Lady Crusader attempting to steal third base to save a potential run for the Lady Spartans. However, Robert Toombs did manage to score later in the inning after a line drive triple from one of their top hitters. With just two innings left to play, EBA was on top 5-1.

In the top of the sixth, the Lady Spartans produced another offensive spark. Lewis walked to start the inning, before being driven in on another big hit from Kent. Senior Amanda Bragg added to the lead with a hit to the outfield that brought Kent home to score. Dickey made contact on her first pitch, advancing Kent to third base and beating out a throw to first base. Shelby Harris hit a ground out to short stop but was able to get another run across the plate. Dickey would later score after stealing home on a wild pitch.

In the bottom half of the last inning, Robert Toombs found a small spark of their own. They were able to bring three runs home. But, it wasn’t enough to overtake the Lady Spartans. EBA won 9-4.

The win gave Edmund Burke the runner-up position in GISA Region 1-AA, finishing behind the Lady Eagles of Brentwood who claimed the region title. EBA’s first round opponent will be Piedmont Academy. Pied- mont posted a 15-11 overall record during the season, while going 4-4 in region play. The best of three series will be held this Saturday, Oct. 8, at Edmund Burke. Game one is set for 11 a.m. Games two and three (if necessary) will follow.

***Correction – In last week’s issue of The True Citizen there was a softball picture of EBA catcher Hannah Jenkins tagging out a runner at home plate. The cutline had the name Hannah Powell. The True Citizen regrets this error.

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