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Lady Braves Junior High Varsity Softball finish second in IESA Class 3A Regional 12 Playoffs

LADY BRAVES JUNIOR HIGH VARSITY SOFTBALL: Row 1: (left to right) Brenna Niles, Reegan Reatherford, Savannah Carter, Laynee Williams, Abby Stanley, Emma York. Row 2: (left to right): Mailee Thorp, Journey Snow, Aynsley Snow, Parker Robinson, Zoe Heitz. Row 3: (l to r): Gracie Reeter, Coach Fitzpatrick, A.J. Parker, Macy Hittmeier, Emma Hartwig, Allison Fortner, Gabby Wisher, Emma Ulis, Rylee Brooks, Coach Blakey.

Lady Braves Junior High Varsity Softball finished second after wrapping up the IESA Class 3A Regional 12 Playoffs this past Tuesday night.

Heading into playoffs, Lady Braves were a 3rd seed and faced 6th seed, Decatur Montessori, for Game 1 on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Lady Braves collected 11 hits and committed zero errors in game 1.

Reegan Reatherford was the winning pitcher, giving up zero runs, zero hits, and striking out nine, for a victory over Decatur of 13-0.

Game 2 took place on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Mattoon where the Lady Braves defeated the Effingham Junior High School Mustangs, 12-4 to advance to the Regional Championship game.

Reegan Reatherford was on the mound again for game 2, striking out 13 batters on the day.

The Lady Braves accumulated 17 hits in the game with Gabby Wisher, Macy Hittmeier, Allison Fortner, Reegan Reatherford, Zoe Heitz, Emma Hartwig, and Laynee Williams each collecting multiple hits the game. Lady Braves stole 7 bases in the game – five of those stolen by Gabby Wisher.

Lady Braves advanced to the Regional Championship Game on Tuesday, Sept. 12 where they faced Charleston Middle School Trojans who entered the game with a 15-1 season record. A competitive game ensued with neither team scoring for the first 4.5 innings.

Charleston scored 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth, and Braves answered with two runs in the top of the sixth.

Braves then took the lead when Emma York hit a hard ground ball into right field and scored on an error by Charleston right fielder.

In the bottom of the seventh, Charleston answered with a walk-off, line-drive triple to center field, taking the Championship title with a 4-3 victory.

Reegan Reatherford pitched again for the Braves with a strong performance, striking out 11 batters.

The Lady Braves finished the 2023 season with a record of 11-6.

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