The future was on display in more ways than one for North Oconee High School’s softball team Saturday morning.
NOHS played host to the Malcom Bridge Middle School team who played an early morning game ahead of the varsity’s season opener. NOHS alumni also took in the games on Saturday as part of the Family Day and Alumni Day festivities.
The Titians got their season kicked off with a 12-0 victory over Lake Oconee Academy. If the young Titans’ team needed a confidence booster to begin the 2019 season, they got one offensively and defensively.
There were nerves in the pregame and first inning of the contest, but the Titans quickly shook them to explode offensively.
In the four innings of play, the Titans pounded 13 hits and scored 12 runs in their season debut. NOHS head coach Dustin Cordell sent two young pitchers to the mound to open the season. Emmaleigh Bond started and pitched three innings, allowing only one hit, one walk. Sophomore Casey Holloway relieved Bond and pitched an inning in which she struck out two of the three batters she faced.
Leadoff hitter Carley Moore went 3-for-3 with a run batted in and three runs scored. Sophomore Caroline Branch went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Holloway went 2-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
“It was exciting, but at the same time we were a little nervous because there was a lot of young people playing,” Branch said. “Overall we did well as a team. It helps us get more hyped for the other games. You come out with the first win and now you’re ready for the next game.”
The big crowd in the bleachers acted as a test for the Titans.
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