The Grand Ridge Lady Indians softball team are the 2019 Panhandle Conference Champions after defeating the Holmes County Lady Blue Devils 8-8 at the Chipola Lady Indians field Thursday evening.
Grand Ridge defeated Vernon 15-4 to make their way to the championship game earlier in the afternoon. The Lady Indians wasted no time in getting on the board, putting up two runs in the first inning before holding Holmes County to a goose egg on the scoreboard. Lily Glover got things going when she reached on an error and moved to second on a sac by Gabby Bellamy. Sister Arnold was the second Indian to take advantage of a miscue to reach first safely but Glover was out trying for home on the play. Kylie Stephens brought the crowd to their feet when she homered to score a pair of runs. Jadyn Riano singled but a strikeout ended the inning.
The Indians tacked on four runs in the second inning while Holmes County left the bases loaded and no runs on the board. Rea Green doubled and scored on a single by Ella Ann Childs. Ella Sprouse singled to put runners on the corners for an RBI single by Lily Glover. Gabby Bellamy reached on an error that scored Sprouse. Following a pair of outs, Jadyn Riano doubled home Glover for the final run of the inning, giving Grand Ridge a 6-0 lead.
Grand Ridge moved ahead 7-0 with a run in the third. Rea Green reached on an error, stole second before scoring on a single by Ella Ann Childs.
A leadoff single by Sister Arnold was the only offense for Grand Ridge in the fourth inning. Holmes County had put up one run, narrowing the lead to 7-1. In the fifth inning, Grand Ridge was retired in order but Holmes County had rallied with six runs to tie the game at seven.
Grand Ridge kept the Lady Blue Devils off the board in the sixth inning and rallied in their half of the sixth to take the win. Lily Glover doubled to lead things off and moved to third on a single by Gabby Bellamy. A walk to Sister Arnold loaded the bases for Kylie Stephens to end the game with a game winning RBI single.
Congratulations to the Lady Indians, their coaching staff, parents and supporters on a great season from the publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times.