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Lady Bucs win in late rally

The Briarwood Academy Lady Buccaneers are starting to make their move toward winning a region title in softball.

Already they hold second place in the Region 1-A standings with a record of 3-1. The Lady Bucs' latest victory was notched with an impressive 7-3 win over David Emanuel Academy of Swainsboro.

It wasn't as easy as it may sound in getting the win over David Emanuel, however. In fact, the game wasn't decided until the Lady Bucs put together a rally in the seventh inning.

Briarwood's Emily Henderson came through with a clutch hit in the last inning. Two other players, Savannah Carani and Kris Dawson also had crucial hits during that period.

As for Henderson and Carani, Briarwood Academy head coach Hannah Demore said, "Neither of them had done much with the bat before then, but when it counted, they came through."

Coach Demore praised senior pitcher Gerry Hall, who she said pitched "a great game." Hall has been the ace pitcher all season.

"Our defense was great," coach Demore said. "We made a few mistakes, but nothing we can't fix. Nothing major happened due to those mistakes."

Coach Demore praised the play of catcher Erin Phelps, who had only one pass ball and threw out a runner at third base.

"She caught a great game," the coach said.

Coach Demore also noted her team's offensive output.

"We had lots of really good hits -- line drives," she added.

The Lady Bucs and DEA were tied through five innings of play before the opponents went up by a run. Briarwood came right back to tie the game again.

"Overall, I was very pleased with the determination we had in the seventh inning," coach Demore said. "To go ahead by four runs and then go to the bottom of the seventh and hold them proved that our girls wanted to win the game. I told them that you can't ask for anything more than to never give up and they proved that you don't give up; you win the game."

Briarwood was scheduled to play Gatewood Academy in Eatonton on Tuesday and will entertain the Curtis Baptist Lady Crusaders on Thursday.

Web posted on Thursday, September 17, 2009

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