2009-10-07 / Front Page

Lady Pirates win sub-region

by Glenda Bailey

(Front row, L-R) Jenna Phillips, Amber Lovering, Ashton Mock, Mary Katherine Spooner, Macey Richardson, Denise Varnum, Sabrina Granade; (back row) Coach Jara Miller, Isabella Lawson, Jamie Cowart, Olivia Andrews, Weisha Sheffield, Morgan Mock, Rachel Grimsley, Alea Worsley and Coach Joni Williams
The Miller County Lady Pirates have faced some tough opponents this season, and here are just a few highlights of their last few games. On September 9, our girls hosted Calhoun County at Spring Creek Park. It was a good close game. Our Lady Pirate Defense did a great job fielding the ball. Rachel Grimsley went the distance on the mound, and girls that had hits were Amber Lovering, Jenna Phillips, Isabella Lawson, Rachel Grimsley, and Jamie Cowart. Calhoun County gave our girls a run for the win. They came to play softball, but our Lady Pirates were able to hold the lead and win with the final score of 5-4.

Next on September 22, our Lady Pirates traveled over to Terrell County and played a double header. We won the first game 20-0 in three innings and won the second game 10-3 in only five innings. Rachel Grimsley went the distance on the mound in the first game while Jenna Phillips assisted on the mound in the second game.

(L-R) Macey Richardson, Olivia Andrews, and Isabella Lawson
Then our Lady Pirates hosted the Lady Seminoles of Donalsonville and that too was a great close game. A lot of great defense was played, and it showed with the score at the end of the game 3-2. Our Lady Pirates really played like a team and stayed in it the whole

time. Jenna Phillips went the distance on the mound. Isabella Lawson hit a fly ball to center field that allowed Rachel Grimsley to tag up at third and score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. What some fast pitch ball playing these Lady Pirates have played!

But wait a minute, they are not finished yet, On Thursday, October 1, our Lady Pirates hosted their final regular season game here at Spring Creek Park against the Lady Hornets of Pelham, plus it was also Senior Day. Three senior softball players were recognized for their outstanding performance on the softball field. They are as following:

#8- Olivia Andrews is the daughter of Yvette Mc- Cray and Ricky Andrews. She has been on the varsity softball team for four years and plays shortstop. Last year, she was chosen as an All-Region softball player. She is a member of HOSA club and FFA. She was chosen as a 12th grade Homecoming representative. Her favorite softball memory is just having a blast on and off the field with teammates. Olivia's future plans are to attend the University of Georgia and major in physical therapy. She would also love to play softball there.

#20-Isabella Lawson is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Lawson. She has been on the varsity softball team for three years and plays first base. She received the All Region Honorable Mention last year in softball. She is a member of the FCA and FFA. Her favorite softball memories are beating Seminole for two years in a row, joking on coaches Joni and Jara, and talking to Sabrina at practices. Her future plans are to attend Bainbridge College for two years and then transfer to Troy University in Dothan to major in Criminal Justice.

#16 Macey Richardson is the daughter of Thad and Kim Richardson. She has been on the varsity softball team for three years and has played centerfield and right field. Macey is a mem- ber of the Beta Club and FBLA. She says that all of her softball memories are wonderful, but her favorite memory is praying before every game and doing the chant "Blood Make the Grass Grow." Her future plans are to complete her core classes at Bainbridge College before transferring to Valdosta State University. She plans to major in physical therapy.

There was a great turnout to watch our Lady Pirates play against Pelham. Jenna Phillips pitched first and second inning while Rachel Grimsley finished up the game on the mound with the final score of 13-0. Jenna-Bug had two strikeouts, 1 walk, and did not give up any hits. Rachel Grimsley pitched the last innings. Rachel had five strikeouts, no walks, and gave up 0 hits. Lady Pirates who had hits in this game were Amber Lovering, Jenna-Bug Phillips, Isabella Lawson, Morgan Mock, Macey Richardson, Jamie Cowart, Sabrina Granade, and Alea Worsley. Our Lady Pirates played a great defense.

After the game, the girls had a surprise for Coach Joni and Coach Jara. It was not the Gatorade drench, but the old shaving cream spray can that the seniors sprayed all over them.

Monday, October 5, began the first round of playoffs for Region 1-A. The Lady Pirates were playing over in Valdosta against the winner of the Echols and Calhoun County game as this article goes to press.

Just a few words about our softball coaches. These young women are very special. Not only do they put in a hard day's work at their job teaching, but they also give themselves unselfishly. Coach Joni and Coach Jara give their "all" whether it is in the classroom or on a softball field; that's the way they were raised and coached. Congratulations, Lady Pirates and coaches, for a great season.

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