By Kedrick Storey/Southern Sentinel
FALKNER – Falkner coach Jeremy White said his Lady Eagles softball team hadn’t had a good practice all week in dealing with the loss of classmate Clay Stewart, a 15-year old sophomore killed in a Sunday ATV accident.
Considering the circumstances, White just hoped his team would play well. They went above and beyond.
In the opening round of the Class 1A state softball tournament, the Lady Eagles totaled 39 hits to win 11-1 and 17-2 over Blue Mountain. They will host Smithville on Saturday.
“After everything that has happened this week, it’s great for the girls to come out and play the way they did,” said White, who’s in his second year. “I was proud of them.
“Top to bottom they did a great job hitting the ball.”
The Lady Eagles had 21 hits in the series-clinching win. Leading 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning, they sent 14 batters to the plate, using 11 hits to score 11 runs. Rayanna Edgeston started the onslaught with a 2-run HR to extend the lead to 8-2. Three singles later, Jenna Walden added a 2-RBI single to make it 10-2. Melissa Maldonado, Caitlyn Roberson and Ambreka Peterson also added RBIs in the inning.
Blue Mountain coach Jeff Lollar said Falkner just came ready to play.
“Coach White does a good job with the kids. They hit the ball and we didn’t,” said Lollar who led Blue Mountain to a 9-14 record in his first season. ”
The Lady Eagles belted 18 hits in Game 1, including four by Rayanna Edgeston.