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Harriman and Cherokee square off in twin-bill

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By Melissa Coley

newsroom@roanecounty.com

Friday evening the Cherokee Yellow Jackets traveled to Harriman for some middle school softball action. Maddie Ladd put on a show with 14 strikeouts and her team gave her five runs to work with which was enough to give the Lady Devils the win and the shutout by a score of 5-0.

It was three up three down in the first for the visiting Lady Jackets as the first two hitters were Ladd’s first victims of the “K” attack.

Harriman’s Addison Oliver was able to cross the plate in the bottom of the inning as Ladd was also able to contribute at the plate with an RBI. Cherokee pitcher Clark pitched well by getting 3 of the first 5 hitters out.

Ladd’s “K” attack continued in the 2nd inning as three batters came to the plate and three strikeouts were recorded. Harriman coach Jennifer Bullard was thrilled with her team’s play stating, “we were strong on the mound against a good team and they were just not able to get their bats going.”

Clark was able to get three up three down in the bottom of the inning and the score remained 1-0 Harriman. Bullard was impressed with Cherokees pitching and defense and indicated that they would be a force to be reckoned with come tournament time.

Ladd started the 3rd with another two strikeouts before Cherokee’s Stout and Hooks were able to get on base before the third out was recorded with yet another strikeout.

Abby Barkley was able to reach base in the bottom of the third and a sacrifice bunt by Kendal Mason helped her advance on the bases when Addison Oliver’s hit and RBI sent her home for the second run of the game. Oliver was able to cross the plate after hits by Bullard and Ladd making the score 3-0 after three.

The 4th started out promising as Clark and Freels both got on base but Ladd was able to add three more “K’s” to her stats and Cherokee stranded two runners in scoring position.

Garland started the inning for Harriman and was able to get on then an error allowed Teresa Resendiz on base and Garland to score. The Lady Jackets were able to get the next three hitters out but not before Resendiz crossed the plate for Harriman’s 5th run of the game and a 5-0 lead.

Ladd was able to get three up and three down in both the 5th and 6th innings, recording three more strikeouts and the final score was 5-0.

Coach Bullard was excited about her team’s win, “it was a tough game and we had to battle with Ladd was strong on the mound and our bats were good enough to score some runs off a good pitcher”.