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By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Lady Tigers' Hard Work Pays Off With Senior Day Victory


May 2, 2019

Jeremiah Reed

Cierra Brooks fires to first base for an out in the top of the third inning. Rosman wraps up its season at home against Robbinsville on Thursday. Click on image to see additional photos from this event.

You could tell from the postgame celebrations that Tuesday afternoon was a long time coming for the Lady Tigers' softball team.

In a season where wins haven't come easy, Rosman put everything together on the big stage, sending their seniors out with a bang by knocking off Andrews 14-2 in five innings.

The win came courtesy of a 10-run explosion for the Lady Tigers in the bottom of the fourth.

After the final out, several players couldn't help but give first-year head coach Kyle Reese the ceremonial ice bath with a dousing from the cooler.

For a team that took its share of lumps this year, Reese said it was a great way to go out in front of the home fans and a great sendoff to the team's seniors.

"Our seniors stepped us big today and they've helped us all year long. Our conference is so tough. You've got Murphy and Robbinsville right there in the top 10. Swain is great. Hayesville is a good team. We had two losses against Hiwassee (Dam) when they still had their stud pitcher. It seems like if could have ever gotten good defense and good offense rolling on the same day, we could really have competed with some of the top teams in our conference. But, the team has made the best of it." Reese said.

Each of the Lady Tigers' seniors played a role in the victory.

Emma Galloway went the distance on the mound. Cierra Brooks held down third base and Avery McNeely recorded the game's final out at first base.

Rosman led 3-1 in the bottom of the third before Maggi Galloway scored off an RBI double from Elizabeth Daves.

The Lady Tigers' baserunners resembled a carousel in the bottom of the fourth, as walks and hits piled into one run after another.

Hope Taylor got the scoring started with an RBI to the outfield. Emma Galloway followed up moments later with an RBI hit to make the score 6-1.

From there, two walks and hit batter gave Rosman three free runs.

That set up Daves for another RBI hit. After more walks loaded the bases, Abby Rice crushed a bases-clearing double to the outfield, blowing the score open to 13-1.

Rice scored moments later off an RBI from Taylor.

Jeremiah Reed

Rosman's Avery McNeely lays the tag on an Andrews' base runner during Tuesday's game. The Lady Tigers put together a great performance on Senior Day to earn the 14-2 victory. Click on image to see additional photos from this event.

Andrews got a leadoff double in the top of the fifth, and managed to drive one run across the board, but would get no closer.

With the win, Rosman's record improves to 5-14 and 3-9 in the SMC.

Although, Tuesday was technically Senior Day, the Lady Tigers are at home one more time, as they host Robbinsville on Thursday.

Knocking off the Black Knights would certainly be something, but Reese said he's focused on the growth he's seen, particularly among his young players, over the course of the year and is optimistic about the group's potential in 2020.

"We're not looking past Robbinsville, although we'd definitely like to make that game interesting. We had a lot of girls that stepped up big for us as sophomores this year. I look for us to be a lot tougher next season," he said.

First pitch for Thursday's game is set for 4:30 p.m.


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