SHA Softball Slides by Shelby County in Extra Innings

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Susan Ely

Sacred Heart softball team stands for the national anthem before defeating Shelby County.

Claire Ely, Sports Editor

The Sacred Heart Academy softball team defeated the Shelby County Lady Rockets 4-1 in extra innings on Tuesday night at Shelby County.

The Valkyries started off strong, with lead-off batter sophomore Alley Pucket scoring a run in the top of the 1st inning.

The Lady Rockets fought back, scoring a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning leaving the score 1-1.

For the next six innings, it would be a game of defense. Both teams struggled offensively, while the defense stepped up and made big plays.

Senior pitcher Emma Burnett had nine strikeouts. Burnett said, “I was feeling very confident in my pitches, and I felt very relaxed knowing that I had strong defense behind me.”

When the 7th inning approached, neither team was able to score. This lead to the start of the 8th inning, which includes the International Tiebreaker, a rule where the last batted out begins the inning on second base.

The Valkyries were up first, and they brought the intensity.

Junior Jessica Smith bunted Pucket over to third and with an error by Shelby County’s third basemen, Smith was safe on first. Senior Claire Ely, who was 0-3 in the game was now up to bat. Ely hit a double over the centerfielder’s head, scoring both Pucket and Smith.

The Lady Rockets were able to get two outs, but the Valkyries were not done yet. Senior Kelly McCauley hit a line drive to left field, scoring Ely.

When the Lady Rockets came up to bat, Burnett and the SHA defense were able to hold them, winning the game 4-1.

McCauley said, “I’m very proud of my team. We stayed focused and didn’t crack under pressure.  I think this game will give us a lot of confidence and really set the tone for the rest of the season.”

This was the softball team’s third win of the year, bringing their record to 3-2.
Good luck to the softball team this season!