Rhea County’s Halleigh Phelps makes a play during a recent home game.

(Wednesday, April 28, 2021 edition)

The Rhea County High School Lady Eagles’ softball team earned back-to-back road wins, as the Lady Eagles traveled and defeated the McMinn County High School Lady Cherokees 8-4 on Friday, and then defeated the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets 7-2 on Monday in Kingston.

RCHS vs. Kingston

The Lady Eagles totaled 11 hits in the game to Kingston’s three, as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. Those runs would ultimately be enough to capture the win.

Rhea added another run in the second and one in the seventh, going up 7-0 before the Lady Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, thus concluding the game scoring.

Ellie Hickman, Courtney Wilson and McKinley Mathis each had stellar nights, leading the Lady Eagles at the plate. Hickman and Wilson both went 3-for-4, while Mathis went 2-for-3. Hickman scored three runs, while Wilson had an RBI and scored a run and Mathis finished with one RBI.

Other Rhea hitters included Macy Welch (1), Emma Gentry (1) and Emily McClure (1). Welch, Gentry and Peyton Douglas had one RBI apiece. Run scorers included Welch (1), Gentry (1) and Madalynn Ray (1).

Ray started and went the distance for the Lady Eagles, striking out two batters, while only allowing three hits, and two earned runs.

RCHS vs. McMinn Co.

Both teams scored two runs apiece in the opening inning, but the Lady Eagles added two more in the second and one in the third to seize a 5-2 lead until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Lady Cherokees added two runs, cutting the Rhea lead to 5-4.

The Rhea girls added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to secure the victory.

Gentry led the Lady Eagles by going 3-for-4 at the plate, with two RBIs and two runs scored. One of Gentry’s hits was a double. Welch, Wilson and Douglas had two hits apiece, with Welch charting a double, while Wilson and Douglas each homered. Tallying RBIs were Wilson (2), Douglas (2) and Ray (1). Other run scorers included Welch (1), Wilson (1), Douglas (1), McClure (1) and Ray (2).

Ray started on the mound and tossed five innings, striking out two, allowing five hits and four runs. Mathis came in for relief and closed, striking out one batter, while allowing one hit.