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May 12, 2014

H.S. Softball/Baseball: Grapeland beats out Cayuga to advance to regional semifinals


In a grueling series in which Cayuga and Grapeland battled it out in both games, the Sandiettes came away with the series win, 2-0.


In game one on Friday night, the Sandiettes scored the first and only run in the game in the seventh inning off a passed ball to bring in the winning run. Grapeland won 1-0.


With game two starting on Saturday in a possible double header — if Cayuga won game two and forced a game three — both teams were looking for a win.


At the beginning of the game, the Ladycats came out dominating on the offensive side of the ball as they were up 3-0 after two innings.


The lead held until the sixth inning when Grapeland started its comeback. The Sandiettes scored two in the top of the sixth to cut Cayuga’s lead to 3-2, and in the top of the seventh, Grapeland scored three more runs to bring the score to 5-3, which ended up being the final score.


For Cayuga, its season is now over, but coach Magen Humphreys said she is proud of the way her team fought all season long.


“The girls went above and beyond expectations this season,” Humphreys said. “I knew we would have a strong team from the beginning, but the farther the season went the stronger we got.”


Cayuga seniors Macie Croft and Danielle Anderson will graduate this year, and Humphreys said she is happy for what all they have been able to contribute to the team in Croft’s four years and in Anderson’s one year.


“I am losing two seniors this year, Macie Croft and Danielle Anderson,” Humphreys said. “Macie has been a varsity starter all four years, so losing her is definitely a hit to our offense and defense, but the contribution she has made to our team over the past four years is huge. She has been a leader on and off the field, as well as a dependable player.

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