By Vivian Hodges
The Morgan County Middle School Softball team has played three games this past week and two this weekend. Helping win against Clarke Central JV team 12-7, Sarah Ellen Mercer had a great game pitching while Reign Williams played catcher and also had a perfect batting average of 1000, which she has had this whole season. The team also had a big strong outing by Emma Garrison also batting .500 and drove in several runs in the last inning of the game. Sixth grader Briana Lanford stepped up in the Clarke game playing 1st base which is a really key position, and made some fantastic plays.
“We would not have won the game without her key defensive plays,” states Coach Kemp Crawford. The girls also had a successful game at Malcom Bridge Middle School winning 5-0. Williams continuing to have a perfect batting average of 1000 was the offensive team leader for the game and teammate Karlie Lane who batted .500 made key defensive plays for the team.
Sixthth grade pitcher Averi Camp also had a great game coming in the last inning with bases loaded and no outs, got one batter to pop it to the infield, one to her, and one to third base, ending the inning.
“As a coach all we can ask out pitchers to do is to let the other team to put the ball into play with either ground balls or pop ups and that’s exactly what Averi did.” Not being as successful against Union Grove Middle School, loosing 11-1, the team still had some great plays with Williams scoring the only run and hitting a triple that got her to third base. “The scoreboard doesn’t determine if you win. Being better today than you were yesterday makes you a winner. This team has improved each time they’ve stepped on the field and that makes them fun to coach!”