The Pickens High School Dragonettes softball teams, varsity and JV, made the long trek to Cedartown Georgia to take on the Lady Bulldogs. The Dragonettes erased a 1-0 deficit in the top of the sixth with two runs scored; ultimately securing a 2-1 victory. Afterwards the junior varsity Dragonettes scorched the home team with an 8-2 Cedartown shellacking.The Dragonettes’ day began with heat on and off the field. While the sun blazed down on the Pickens parents, and Dragonette dream girls, pitcher Kayla Howard was throwing heat from the mound. Howard pitched a complete game with, four and two thirds innings of shutout baseball.
The Lady Bulldogs bit first in the bottom of the fifth, when Breanna Wallace’s RBI triple scored Sydney Blackman. The Dragonettes’ defense allowed no more runs throughout the rest of the contest.
The Lady Bulldogs looked to be barking up the right tree of victory in the top of the sixth, as the first two Pickens batters picked up two straight outs. However, catcher Kennedy McTaggart’s single to short left field lit the offensive fire of the Dragonettes.
Cheyenne Hamby was brought in as a “Courtesy Runner” for McTaggart and promptly stole second on a passed ball at home plate. Hamby tied the game on an RBI single from Howard. Kari Henke was brought in as a “Courtesy Runner” for Howard.
Two more singles, by Brook Wilson, and Jessica Ray respectively, loaded the bases for the “Nettes.” Henke stole home, and the victory on a passed ball.
The JV game was played after the varsity, due to Cedartown scheduling conflicts. Despite loading the bases in the top of the first inning, the Dragonettes scoring did not heat up until the top of the third inning.
Left fielder, Stephanie Riddle’s one out double put Pickens in place to score. Second basewoman, Angel Dement, answered the prayers of the Pickens players with an RBI single, followed by an RBI bunt from Summer Riddle.
The Cedartown defense had no answer for Riddle, as she turned the bunt into a double, thanks to an error at first base. Two more RBI doubles, from Savannah Ebinger and Shanel Macom respectively, saw the “Nettes” lead 4-0 going into the fourth. The Lady Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull within two runs.
An RBI single from Macom in the top of the fifth put the visitors up 5-2, and a three run sixth put the “Nettes” up 8-2 halfway through the game’s last inning.
The “Nettes” two out sixth inning rally began with a line drive double from Riddle that she turned into a triple on an overthrow. She later stole home on a passed ball.
Following two singles, from Dement and Anne Brown-Goolsby respectively, Alex Lemieux put the “Nettes” up 7-2. The last score of the game came via an RBI single from Ebinger that made the score 8-2.