Boyd Sparkles at Plate, Currie Shines in the Circle
By Will Johnson
GRAPELAND – The Grapeland Sandiettes knew they couldn’t have a let-down against the Oakwood Lady Panthers when they came to visit on Tuesday, April 16.
The Sandiettes still had an outside shot of winning a district title but they needed help. The first order of business was to defeat the Lady Panthers and they did that in spectacular fashion as Cheney Boyd led the team at the plate as she went 2-3 with a homer, a triple and four RBI.
Her teammate, Cadie Belle Currie was on fire from the Pitcher’s Circle as she faced a minimum of nine batters, gave up one hit and struck out six of the nine Lady Panthers she faced.
As the game got underway, Currie gave up a lead-off single to Flores who moved to second when Burch grounded out. Watkins was up next for Oakwood and struck out swinging. During the at-bat, however, Flores stole third.
That was as far as she would get as she would be picked off to end the inning.
When the Sandiettes came in from the field, the Lady Panthers could not stop the Grapeland offensive machine. The Sandiettes scored 13 runs in the first inning before they made their first out.
Kiera DeCluette led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and came around to score on Cierra Simon’s double to left. Simon moved to third on the throw and scored on a Currie bunt.
Diamond Dunn came into run for Currie and when Boyd slapped a shot into left that kicked around the fence, Dunn scored while Boyd chased her around the bases for an inside-the-park homer to make the score, 4-0.
Jaycee Graham was up next, reached first on an error, stole second and crossed the dish when Jessi Cunningham drove her in with a single to right. Madi McCombs was up next and hit a little duck-snort to move Cunningham to second.
Haylee Reed was up next and tripled to the gap in center to push Graham and McCombs across the plate. KeKe Harris followed with a triple of her own to drive-in Reed.
The top of the lineup came to bat again and this time DeCluette deposited a ball over the right field fence for a two-run HR.
The Sandiettes went on to score four more runs and by the end of first inning the score was 14-0.
In the second inning, Currie retired the side in order as she caught Watkins looking at strike three, forced Neyland to groundout and then got Bean to watch strike three go by to end the Oakwood half of the second.
Grapeland scored three more runs in the bottom of the inning to move the score to 17-0 and when Currie struck out the side in the top of the third. The game was called because of the 5-run mercy rule.
After their win, the Sandiettes learned they would finish no better than second in District 21-2A after Leon swept a double header from Latexo. Grapeland and Leon were scheduled to play on Thursday night, but as of press time, the score was unavailable.
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