Rhea County Softball Season ends in Soddy Daisy

Delaney Smith at second with one of her three hits against Soddy Daisy. -- (Photo: Gary Bolden)

Rhea County Softball lost to Soddy Daisy on Monday night in their Region match-up. The Lady Eagles were up first and they pushed across a run, but Soddy came back with 2 runs in their half of the first. In the 2nd inning, Rhea County went scoreless, and Soddy exploded for 8 runs to put the lead at 10-1 after two innings.

Rhea County came back with 2 runs in the third, but Soddy scored 4 more runs in the bottom of the 4th and held the Lady Eagles to win the game 14-3. Thus ended the season for the Lady Eagles against a very good Soddy Daisy team with a very deep tradition.

Delaney Smith was 3-3 with 3 singles to lead Rhea County at the plate. Ansley Hill also had two singles for the Lady Eagles.

Coach Leah Price spoke shortly after the game, “This is a young team that played hard all year and improved.”

Rhea County finished 12-19 for the year, but progress can be measured by more than just numbers. This year’s team only had 1 senior, Tori Gentry. Eight freshmen played this year and five of them played significant minutes. There were also 3 juniors and 3 sophomores.

Six Rhea County Softball players received Post-Season honors.

Delaney Smith was “Defensive Player of the Year”
Making “1st Team All District” was Ashton Hill, Ansley Hill and Amy Lewis.
Making “2nd Team All District” was Sarah Beth Mitchell and Haily Galvan.

The Junior players for this year’s team were: Sarah Beth Mitchell, Emily Barnett and Courtney Filyaw.
The Sophomore players were: Amy Lewis, Kelsey Sherill and Haley Gunter.
The Freshmen players were: Delaney Smith, Hailey Galvan, Ashton Hill, Ansley Hill, Bailee Rumer, Regean Gravett, Destiny Worthington and Katelyn Harwood.

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