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Prince Avenue softball took down Monroe Area 5-4 last Monday night.

“[Monroe Area] had a big home run that gave them a lot of momentum,” head coach Donnie Byrom said. “At that point, my team woke up. They had a little fire in them.”

They were able to hang in there, and in the last inning, Kylee Simmons was able get to first base.

“The umpire’s zone was really wide, so she had to reach out and get one outside,” Byrom said, describing Simmons’ hit. “She hit it pretty hard to short, and the short misplayed it which got her on base.”

Then, it was Ella Osborne’s turn to bat. Before she walked up to the plate, Byrom told her that if she took a strike, he was going to give her the signal for a sacrifice bunt to advance Simmons past first base. 

Osborne took a couple of practice swings, and then she looked at her dugout as they cheered her on.

“I have been in this situation multiple times before, so I was a little bit comfortable but still a little bit nervous. So, I just locked in,” Osborne recalled. 

“Ella came up, and Ella’s been hot for us,” Byrom said. “She’s been hitting the ball well.”

Clang! 

Osborne smacked the ball and hit it past the center fielder.

“Kylee was moving on contact, and we brought her all the way around from first. She slid right at the plate, and did a great job of avoiding the catcher,” Byrom applauded.

All the Wolverines got together and started jumping up and down to celebrate the walk-off victory.

This young Wolverines squad only has one senior on the roster, and they have shown a lot of talent. 

“We’re still trying to figure out who we are,” Byrom explained. “On a positive note, we’re quite capable of stringing together a lot of hits. At times, we play remarkable defense; we make some great plays. “

However, they will look to continue to make improvements in communication and consistency every week.

For more on this story, see the Aug. 25 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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