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Kaitlyn Daniel's walk-off homer lifts East Hall softball over Greater Atlanta Christian
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East Hall's Macy Banks pitches the ball on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

Kaitlyn Daniel’s walk-off home run Thursday preserved East Hall’s unblemished mark in Region 7-3A. With two strikes in the count, Daniel jumped on the pitch for the two-run shot that sent the Lady Vikings (12-9, 10-0) to a 6-5 win against Greater Atlanta Christian at East Hall Park.

East Hall opened the final inning trailing by three runs, but drew within one run with Abigail Brown’s two-run homer. 

Despite the victory, East Hall coach Josh Joiner was a bit disappointed with the overall effort.

“Still frustrated a little bit we did not play very well,” said Joiner. “So far, we have found a way to get it done in the region. Wish they had that same intensity and effort the whole game.”

The Lady Vikings did take an early 1-0 lead when Brown singled in Gracie Smith in the first inning. Macy Banks scored, making it 2-0 East Hall, via a throwing error to second base by the Greater Atlanta Christian catcher. 

In the top of the third, Greater Atlanta Christian’s Ally Perez put a bunt down in front of the circle with two runners on base. The lead runner, Faith Vento, scored with a throwing error on the play to first base.

Later in the top of the third Greater Atlanta Christian tied the game when East Hall’s catcher threw the ball to second base allowing a Lady Spartan to score from third base.

Then in the fifth inning, the Lady Spartans went ahead 4-2 with Suzanna Lowe’s two-run double.

With no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, still trailing the Lady Spartans Brown came up to the plate with a runner on first. Brown ripped a homer to draw to within one run, 5-4.

“I am proud we did it all year.” Joiner said. “Somebody has always come through for us all year. I am glad they did it tonight.”

The next player to come through for East Hall was Daniel. She repeated what her teammate Brown had done. Daniel smacked a home run with a runner on first to preserve the undefeated region record with a 6-5 win against the Lady Spartans.

East Hall has to win another region game to secure the No. 1 seed in the Region 7-3A tournament.

“I am proud of them,” Joiner said. “It is not over yet. We still have to win on Tuesday and beat North Hall. We are getting where we need to be.”

East Hall hosts Gainesville at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Gainesville. The Lady Vikings resume region play on Tuesday against Cherokee Bluff on Tuesday.

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