Tough Loss Despite Resilience, Determination, and Heart

By Autumn McCoy

The Lady Bulldogs went into Tuesday night’s game against Mansfield ready to win after their two wins from Monday night against Ringgold. They started the first inning of strong. After Bryn Danzy #5, Shelby Pickett #5, and Sarah Cormier #18, and being walked by the Mansfield pitcher, Kinya Gray #12 was hit by her as well allowing the first score of the game. Next up was freshman Makilah Murphy #1, who hit her first career homerun. Not only was it a homerun, but it was also a grand slam who brought the visiting fans to their feet! All of the Lady Bulldogs gathered around home to congratulate Murphy. They would go on to rack up a total of 6 runs for the inning. The bottom of the inning would bring heartache for the Bulldogs though. Danzy took a hard line drive to the kneecap on the mound. After being checked out by the EMTs and trying to stay strong and watch her team, Danzy was carried to her family’s vehicle where she was then taken to hospital to be checked out. There were no fractures, and nothing torn, but there is extensive soreness and bruising. Cormier would take the mound for the Lady Bulldogs for the remainder of the game. Although offense was strong and had multiple strong hitters including two hits each by Cormier and Pickett, it would just be too much to overcome the loss of their starting pitcher and team leader from the game. The Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lady Wolverines 17-29 in 5 innings.

After Danzy was injured, Addison Bounds, catcher, Shelby Pickett, short stop, Harlie Pickett, right field, Kendal Tilley, center field, Sarah Cormier, relief pitcher, Makilah Murphy, third base, Addison Smith, first base, and Kinya Gray, second base take a moment to pray for their pitcher Bryn Danzy. Danzy’s response was, “A team that prays together, stays together!”

The video below is Makilah Murphy’s Grand Slam

Photo credit Bryn Danzy, video credit Autumn McCoy

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