Charles wrapping up brilliant softball career
The Lady Seahawk softball team was on an upward trajectory when the season was called on account of the flu.
They had defeated district rival Bozeman by a score of 10-8 on Friday, March 13, and team improved to 4 -4 after winning three of their last four games, ranked ninth in the latest Class 1A state rankings.
Scott Collins’ squad finished 4-2 in district play and alone in second place out of seven teams.
Against Bozeman, senior Jaylin Charles was the winning pitcher, hurling the last four innings in relief and giving up two seventh inning runs with six hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
Junior Abby Johnson, freshman Kylah Ross and seventh grader Kaylyn McNair all had two hits. Sophomores Brooklyn O'Neal and Sage Brannan each had a base hit, as did seventh grader Sarah Ham and Charles.
It has been a back-and-forth game until Franklin County exploded with a four-run fifth inning and took the lead 10 - 6. Charles held Bozeman scoreless in the sixth and gave up the seventh inning two runs on a home run and a triple.
With only one senior and one junior, the team had started the season uncharacteristically at 1-3. "
“These girls take a lot of pride in this program and they don't take losing well. Our coaches did a great job of staying positive and believing in our team,” said Collins. “We are so young, but we may have more talent than we've ever had in my seven years here, and we have a chance to be very special in the near future.”
Charles began playing on the varsity as a seventh grader and is one of the program's all-time leaders in hits, runs batted in, slugging percentage, as well as, innings pitched, wins, earned run average, saves and batters faced.
“ We are still hoping to finish our season, but it not, Jaylin's skills, enthusiasm and leadership will be missed,” said the coach.