Everyone following Jackson County sports knows that Graceville softball has had its struggles this year, but they have given 100% every game and every practice. Friday night, the proof was in the pudding that hard work and a few key hits pays off when they won 14-6 over the Malone Lady Tigers.
Malone went on offense first and picked up one run. Mikayla Anderson led off with a walk and stole second before scoring on a double by Ashlyn Golden. With two outs, Elizabeth Carnley drew a walk but an out ended the inning and left her on first. Graceville was hungry for a win and jumped out with seven runs in the first inning. Jasmine Bellamy walked and moved to third on a single by Cassidy Miller. With one out, walks to Kaylee Skinner, Aliyah Wilburn, Hope McAllister, and Jordan Wesley followed. Jonay Jones singled with Ny’omi Daniels taking one for the team, to plate two more runs before Jasmine Bellamy drew her second walk of the inning. Cassidy Miller doubled, scoring two, followed by a walk to Kaylee Skinner before the inning came to an end.
Malone scored two runs in the second inning with Hollie Askew leading off with a single and went to third on an error. With one out, Daniya Collins and Mikayla Anderson drew a pair of walks with Askew and Collins scoring before the inning came to an end. Graceville added another run in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Jonay Jones drew a walk and scored before the third out of the inning was made.
Malone was retired in order in the top of the third inning. Graceville had opportunity but failed to execute a run across the plate. Cassidy Miller drew a walk but was left stranded on third.
Malone plated one run in the fourth inning when Hollie Askew led off with a single and stole second. A walk to Mikayla Anderson resulted in Askew crossing the plate. Graceville had two left on base in the fourth inning. With one out, Hope McAllister singled and moved to second when Jordan Wesley drew a walk. Both runners stole a base but a pair of outs left them on the bags.
Malone scored three runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Carissa Winget took one for the team, and scored on a single by Madison Peeler. Elizabeth Carnley drew a walk and both runners scored on a single by Brandy Adams. Graceville had a leadoff single by Asiaana Harvey but she was left on third when the third out came.
Malone threatened in the sixth inning but came up empty. Daniya Collins drew a leadoff walk with Mikayla Anderson taking one for the team. Both runners were left on the base. Graceville add two runs in their half of the frame. Kaylee Skinner drew a walk and with one out, Hope McAllister was issued a walk. Jordan Wesley and Miah Fountain both drew walks with two runs scoring before the final batter went down swinging.
Graceville added two runs in the seventh inning. Walks to Aliyah Wilburn, Jonay Jones, and Jasmine Bellamy, coupled with Hope McAllister taking one for the team accounted for the final two runs of the game, giving Graceville their first win of the season.