By Matt Myers
Bojangles kept its offense on the move with Emily May at the helm, and the result was a contest full of bright yellow fireworks.
The youngster went 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs in a battle between the top two 14U softball squads, a performance that became the catalyst for Bojangles’ 11-6 victory over the Diamond Dogs Thursday night at Lions National Little League Field.
Effort-filled softball reigned on both sides, and by their final at-bat, the Diamond Dogs just didn’t have enough gas in the tank.
In the beginning though, the story of the contest began to unfold very differently. The baserunning of Dawn Godsey, coupled with singles from Katie Ellison and Taylor Shanks, led to a 4-0 lead for the Dogs heading into bottom of the first inning. Bojangles answered in the form of baserunning, with Julie Dills and Jordan Grindstaff both stealing home plate. Through one and a half though, the Diamond dogs appeared to be complete control.
And then Bojangles exploded, as if they were led by the ole ball coach circa ’96.
Dills got it all started as she tied the game in the bottom of the second with an RBI shot to left. Wild pitching ensued, and Bojangles took full advantage to the tune of a five-run tally in the seconds latter half.
After stern defense that ensured the lead would be safe, May took complete control. Her shot down the third base line into left field scored two of the full complement aboard, and set the Bojangles lead at an insurmountable 11-5 after three frames.
At that point Sarah Hardin emerged as the games leader on the mound. Eight K’s, including four crucial ones down the stretch of the game’s final two innings, helped Bojangles remain in control despite the Diamond Dogs ability to get on base. Control and heady play are the hallmarks of the youngster’s attack, and her gutsy performance let everyone in attendance know that the cobwebs are officially gone after her solid season with the TAD Lady Jr. Cyclones.
As the days grow hotter, National Little League action continues for young male and female athletes alike in the Elizabethton community. In the game previous to Bojangles vs Diamond Dogs, Britt Landscaping defeated the Mustangs 6-2.
In the Rookie boys division, Phil Bachman Toyota defeated Omni-Source 3-0.