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High school softball: Flowery Branch knocks off Blessed Trinity 8-0 for regular season region title
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The Flowery Branch High softball program poses for a picture after locking up the regular season region title against Blessed Trinity with an 8-0 win on Friday.

Avery Thomas made the most of her opportunities for Flowery Branch on Friday. 

Though only a freshman, Thomas smacked the first two home runs of her high school career as part of an 8-0 win against Blessed Trinity on Friday in Flowery Branch. With the win, the Lady Falcons (12-10, 11-1 Region 7-4A) locked up the regular season region title and No. 1 seed in the upcoming region tournament, which it will host on Monday. 

“It feels great they have worked hard for this since spring time, they deserve it,” Flowery Branch coach Laura Novotny-Beaver said. “I am happy for these seniors this is their last year they have done an amazing job leading this program and I can’t be happier for them.”

Flowery Branch’s region tournament opponent is still to be determined.

Thomas drove in three runs, starting with a solo homer in the second inning and two-run shot in the fifth inning. 

Alyssa Kimbrell threw a complete-game shutout for the Falcons with seven strikeouts, along with driving in the final run of the game with a sixth-inning single.

Friday’s game was pushed back a night due to heavy rain that pushed through Flowery Branch late Thursday. The Lady Falcons’ coach knew she wanted to get it made up as soon as possible and the program now has three days to prepare for their run in the region tournament. 

“I think they were a little bit anxious, they were ready and prepared,” Novotny-Beaver said. “I think they just wanted to get it underway and move on.”

Driving in the first runs of the game was senior Alexis Nixon who knocked a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Also in the first inning, Isabella Quinn singled to score Rylee Rothschild. 

In the fourth inning, Kate Stage scored for the Lady Falcons on Gentry Hammock’s double.

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