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With the 2018 basketball season finally getting fired up the Gilmer Bobcats welcomed the Murray Indians to Ellijay Ga on Friday night. Coaches from both schools have put in an enormous amount of time to prepare their athletes for this moment.
The Varsity girls took to the floor in the first game of the night and it didn’t take long for both The Lady Indians and the Lady Cats to kick in the real hustle gear and get the action going. Even though Gilmer came away with a big win, the Lady Indians played hard but struggled to keep up with the scoring for the home team. The Lady Cats put up 49 in the victory with the help of several players. Leading the scoring on the night for Gilmer were Emma Dayton with 11 points, MaryLee Callihan with 8, and Emma Callihan with 7 on the night. The Lady Cats scoring stayed consistent throughout the game with 14 in 1st, 15 in 2nd, and 16 in the 3rd. Gilmer was held to just 6 points in the final period but held on for the victory over the Lady Indians of Murray County. The Gilmer Lady Cats next scheduled game will be in the Tipoff Classic on Saturday as they face the Hiawassee Dam Lady Eagles.
The Sonoraville Phoenix came to the home of the Mountaineers on Tuesday to play an important region game. North came in at 12-11 overall and 7-8 in the region with their opponent sitting at 18-2 overall and 13-1 in the region. Knowing the challenge ahead of them, the Mountaineers laced up the cleats and faced that challenge full force.
The Phoenix jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on 4 hits including 3 singles and 1 double. With the Sonoraville defense holding the Mountaineers offense to no runs they never looked back. To be sure the lead would hold, the visiting team would add 1 more in the fourth making the score 5-0. The Mountaineers offense was shut down and held to just 4 hits in the game. Samantha Black(2 for 3), Alivia Rymer(1 for 4), and McKinley Fields(1 for 2) all reached base by hit.
Taking the circle for North Murray were Jodi Evans and Savannah Smith. Evans took the loss on 43 pitches(32 being strikes) allowing 5 runs(3 earned) on 8 hits. Evans had 1 strikeout in the loss. Smith in relief threw 33 pitches allowing 1 hit and no runs with 3 strikeouts.
The North Murray Mountaineers will play at Ringgold on Thursday. Start time is scheduled for 5:30 PM
The Lady Indians hosted the Phoenix of Sonoraville on Thursday for yet another region game. Coming off a heart breaking loss just one day earlier to rival North Murray, the Lady Indians were ready to get back on the winning side of softball.
Both teams put zeros on the board through the second inning of play with Sonoraville getting a few opportunities and the Lady Indians having a runner on in the first. The first run of the game came from the Phoenix with tweo singles and a sacrifice pushing one across. That on run would quickly be matched by Murray putting up one of their own in the bottom half of the third.
The fourth and fifth inning were almost carbon copies of innings one and two with no runs scoring for either team. Once again Sonoraville would put runs on the board in big fashion in the top of the sixth. Setting the stage for Payton Townsend, the Phoenix put two runners on by way of a Murray error and a hit by pitch. Townsend stepped to the plate and on an no balls and 1 strike count drove a Kacie Ausmus pitch over the left field fence that scored three and gave the Phoenix a 4-1 lead. That score remained the same heading into the seventh with the Lady Indians going quietly in their half of the sixth. Sonoraville added one insurance run in the top of the seventh for a 5-1 lead that would hold and be the final score in the win over the Lady Indians of Murray County.
3 ladies entered the circle for Murray with Kacie Ausmus getting the start. Ausmus went 5 and 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs(3 earned) on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks. Ausmus also allowed 1 homerun and threw 80 pitches. Makayley Sanford and Natalie O’Neal took the circle in relief with Sanford going 2/3 of an inning throwing just 12 pitches. She gave up 1 walk. O’Neal threw 11 pitches in her 1 inning of work with 1 run allowed and 1 walk. Attie Ridley was 1-2 on the day with 1 run scored and Brooklyn Gonzales was 2-3 in the game. The Phoenix put up 5 runs on 5 hits and committed no errors while the Lady Indians scored 1 run on 3 hits and had 3 errors.
The Lady Indians next game will be on Saturday the 15th against Cass in a non-region tournament, Game time is 2:00 PM.
The Murray Indians welcomed in their cross town rival the North Murray Mountaineers on Wednesday for a crucial region 6-AAA match up and of course bragging rights. 2018 has started off slow for the Indians at 3-13 overall and just 1-10 in region play while the Mountaineers were off to a decent season at 10-8 overall and 6-7 in region play.
The Mountaineers took an early lead in the second inning putting up one run on the board by way of a single from Savannah Smith followed by a one out double off the bat of Annabell Ortiz. North would add one more in the third on three singles and a sacrifice. From that point in the game both teams would have a few opportunities to score with no avail. That would change for the Lady Indians in the bottom of the sixth. Maddie Jenkins(single) and Natalie O’Neal(double) along with a sacrifice by Jordan Swanson pushed two runs across. With the Mountaineers still ahead by one going into the seventh, Natalie O’Neal shut down any chances for the Mountaineers to add anything. Murray would also go quietly in their half of the seventh forcin extra innings.
Heading in to free softball, North Murray’s McKinley Fields reached on an error to lead off the inning. Three batters later, Kaylee Higgins stepped to the plate with two outs and took an O’Neal pitch deep over the leftfield fence to put the Mountaineers up 4-2 on the board. The Lady Indians would have opportunity in their half of the eighth when Natalie O’Neal doubled on a line drive to left and put herself in scoring position with just one out. The Mountaineers pitcher Talli Burgess was able to sit down the next two batters on strike outs to preserve the victory.
At the plate the Indians out hit the Mountaineers 11-9 in the game but fell short where it counts. Stand outs for the Lady Indian were Attie Ridley- 2 for 4, Brooklyn Gonzales- 2 for 4, Rileiegh Morgan- 2 for 4, Maddie Jenkins- 2 for 4 with a run scored and Natalie O’Nealk- 3 for 4. Allison Weaver scored the other run for Murray. O’Neal not only had a good day at the plate but also in the circle. O’Neal went eight innings throwing only 74 pitches. In those she gave up 9 hits, 4 runs(2 earned) 2 strikeouts and no walks. O’Neal gave up one home run. Natalie O’Neal took the loss for the Lady Indians with numbers good enough to win most games. The dagger for Murray was the opposing pitcher. Talli Burgess had a complete game throwing 124 pitches and gave up 2 runs on 11 Lady Indian hits. Burgess had 12 strikeouts and one walk in the victory.
Next up for the Murray Lady Indians will be at home as Sonoraville comes to the home field on Thursday for a 5:40 start.
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