Issac's 7th-inning homer vaults Adairsville to season-opening win


Senior Havyn Isaac helped Adairsville’s softball team get off to a winning note to begin the season Tuesday night.

Isaac’s clutch two-run homer in the top of the seventh turned a 6-5 deficit into a 7-6 lead as the Tigers edged out Ringgold on the road in a thrilling opener for the Region 6-AAA foes in the first regular season Bartow County high school sporting event of the 2018-19 school year.

“Our goal this season is to stay mentally consistent,” Adairsville head coach Amanda Nelson said via text after the victory. “The girls did a great job of keeping focused while up, and then, staying focused to continue to compete when we got down late in the game. I’m proud of what they accomplished on opening night.”

Adairsville (1-0, 1-0) jumped out to a 5-0 lead with two runs in the first and three in the second before the host Tigers rallied to take the lead in the final innings.

A single run in the fifth gave Ringgold some momentum. A five-spot in the sixth gave it the lead with the big blast coming off Riley Nayadley’s bat in the form of a three-run homer.

But Isaac made sure the visitors had the last laugh with her game-saving bomb.

The go-ahead shot was Isaac’s second hit of the game. Her two RBIs matched sophomore Chloe Souders for the team lead.

Senior Sierra Tanner led Adairsville with three hits, while sophomore Sadye Johnson had two of the team’s 11 knocks.

In the circle, a pair of sophomores combined to earn the win. Victoria O’Neal started and pitched into the fifth. Taylor Rhoades struck out five over the final 1 2/3 innings to close out the game.

Adairsville will open its home schedule with a visit from North Murray at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Tiger Valley.