Harmon leads way for Lady Cobras

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Haley Harmon struck out 10 Goose Creek batters. ROB GANTT/GAZETTE --

Cane Bay’s softball team was certainly energized in search of its first region victory but most of all it was Harmonized.

Led by Senior pitcher Haley Harmon, who struck out 10 batters and scattered six hits, the Lady Cobras blanked Goose Creek 1-0 in a Region 7-AAAA game on Friday night at GCHS.

“Her pitches were moving and she had the batters off balance,” Cane Bay coach Sharon Allred said. “The defense backed her up.”

The Lady Gators got the tying run to second base in each of the final two innings but Harmon worked out of it. In the seventh, after Goose Creek got the leadoff man to second base, Harmon fanned a pair of batters and then coaxed a pop out to short to end it. She also stranded the tying run at second base in the sixth inning and worked out of a bases loaded jam earlier.

Cane Bay scored its lone run in the third inning. Ricki Henry reached on an error and then moved to second on a single by Peggy Lou Rochay. Henry moved to third on a fielder's choice and then scored on Crista Natividad's infield single.

Traci Howell had two hits for the Lady Cobras (6-3, 1-1 region). They were to take on Timberland Monday before meeting Wando in their next region game on Wednesday.

“(The win) should definitely boost our confidence,” Allred said. “It lets them know what we're capable of.”

Allred’s team was coming off a mercy rule loss to Stratford on Wednesday.

Goose Creek fell to 2-5 and 0-1 in the region. Lost in Cane Bay’s victory was the pitching performance given by Lady Gators senior Ashlyn Ryan. She allowed four hits and struck out three batters.

“She was lights out,” Goose Creek coach Kerry Grimm said. “She showed her senior leadership.”

The Lady Gators were to travel to Wando on Monday before traveling to West Ashley on Wednesday.

“You don’t want to ever start the region schedule with a loss,” Grimm said, “but you have to see the building blocks. It was a great game. I saw a lot of things to build practice around.”

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