Glynn Academy softball christened its new home filed with a win.
The Lady Terrors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and rallied to score four runs in the third inning en route to the 6-1 victory against Brantley County. Starting pitcher MacKenzie Hooker scattered three hits over seven innings, allowing one earned run in the final inning.
Head coach Jim Horton said his team will take its first win happily, while center fielder Claire Fendig and catcher Gracyn Bailey said winning on their home field for the first time makes the post-game chores easier.
“It’s kind of a different feeling,” Fendig said. “Playing at other ballparks just feels like another game.”
Fending drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the first inning. Two batters later, Bailey drove in the game’s first two runs on a bases-loaded double.
Fending started the rally again in the third inning with a leadoff triple to the left-centerfield gap. She scored on a base hit from Brooke Smith. Bailey picked up her third and fourth RBIs when she drove in Smith and Scarlee Porter on a single. She later scored on a fielders choice from Lyanna Archer.
“(The key to my plate approach is) just waiting on the right pitch to drive,” Bailey said.
The three through six hitters in the Lady Terrors’ lineup batted 6-for-11 with three walks Thursday night. Horton said he didn’t expect an offensive lag in the Lady Terrors’ first game because of a combination of experience and consistent batting practice and scrimmaging over the summer.
“We’ve been swinging a lot,” Horton said. “We’ve got some good hitters. We’ve got some girls coming back with a lot of experience and I expected them to swing pretty dang good.”
Hooker was twirling a shutout until the final inning. Brantley County drove in its lone run on a two-out RBI double. Horton was pleased with his starter’s performance overall, adding it felt like a shutout-like performance despite the late extra-base hit.
“Up until that point, she scattered two or three hits,” Horton said. “Infield hit, little flair behind first base. (The double) was really the only ball they struck well. She’s going through the third time through the lineup and still keeping the at bay.”
The Lady Terrors (1-0) go on the road for their next game Tuesday to play Long County at 5:30 p.m.