Braves’ seniors Molly Besser, Anna Cox, Dakota Harrison, Kennedy Highley, Bailey Maulden and Kayla Schnippel were honored pre-game with their families against Williamsville on Senior Day.
By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion softball team went 4-1 last week picking up wins against Windsor, Teutopolis, Williamsville and MacArthur and the lone loss came to Metamora.
Against Williamsville, the Braves had lost the previous night to Metamora 7-1 and were down 4-0 going into the bottom of the second inning. Dakota Harrison was on the mound for the Braves and led off the bottom of the second inning hitting a home run over the left-field wall.
Audri Johnson followed with a single to the left-field gap. Molly Besser hit an infield hit that advanced Johnson and then Jolie Shafer had an infield hit of her own that brought Johnson across the plate to narrow the Williamsville lead to 4-2.
Besser stole home plate to score and then Kennedy Highley hit a RBI single to tie the game 4-4. The game remained tied and went to the eighth inning.
“Last night (Metamora) I thought we came out and we’re not very aggressive,” Head coach Greg Blakey said. “Tonight, I thought we were a little more aggressive. I thought we did a good job of battling back. We were down four and kept battling and I thought we had a solid ball game.”
Harrison and the Braves’ defense made quick work of the Williamsville order in the top of the right. In the bottom of the eight, Shafer got on base with an E4. Highley stepped up two batters later with two outs and hit a single to the left-field gap.
Anna Cox then stepped to the plate with two outs and runners at first and second. Cox swung the bat and got a hit into centerfield for a walk-off single and a Braves 7-6 win.
“They showed much maturity today,” Coach Blakey said. “I think last year’s group would’ve folded maturity wise in this situation last years. The returning kids are still here this year, I think they never panicked. We were down four and they never panicked. They just kind of fought and battled and, and kept the boat rolling and going forward and battling.”
The Braves improved to 5-1 overall. This week the Braves will face Monticello, Effingham and Taylorville.