The Grand Ridge Lady Indians had a vision and a goal at the start of the season – win conference. That vision and goal became a reality last Thursday night as they headed into the championship game after a sound defeat of Chipley to take on the Lady Blue Devils of Bonifay.
Coach Brooke Ferrell handed the ball to Aurlee Perkins with all the confidence in the world in her pitcher. After a shaky first inning with three runs scoring for Bonifay, the hurler settled in to retire 11 of the next 15 batters she faced. After a leadoff hit in the second inning, Perkins retired the next nine batters before allowing a pair of walks. Two strikeouts erased it all as no more runs crossed the plate.
In the first inning, Kiara Garrett led off with a single with Sister Arnold taking one for the team with two outs. A groundout back to the circle left two runners on
In the second inning, with two outs, Perkins helped herself out with a single and moved to second on a single by Katelyn Chumley. Kaylee Grammer drew a walk to load the bases but a groundout ended the inning with the bags full.
Grand Ridge got on the scoreboard in the third inning with two runs scoring on two outs. Georgia Scott singled and moved to second when Taylor Lamphere drew a walk. Singles by Chumley and Perkins scored a pair of runs with Grammer drawing walk. A strikeout ended the frame with the bases loaded.
The Lady Indians added the winning runs in the fourth inning. Taylor-Reese Howell and Najah Dudley had back-to-back singles. Sister Arnold joined the hit parade to score one run, followed by a walk to Scott. Lamphere drove in the final run of the inning on a single.
The defense did their job in the top of the fifth inning to preserve the win and the Lady Indians brought home the hardware.
Their conference season is over but they had one more game scheduled for Tuesday when they were to travel to Marianna to take on the MMS Lady Bullpups.