Raider softball team battles rival Dolphins tough

Kelly Hayes stood in front of her softball team late Thursday night and talked to the players about the effort they put forth in a tightly contested battle with rival Gulf Breeze on the road.

It would have been easy for the Raiders to call it a day after letting an early lead slip away, but even with a four-run deficit staring them in the eyes, they refused to blink.

They eventually tied the game only to lose 9-8 on a walk-off hit in the bottom of a tense seventh inning.

“The best part about tonight is that we didn’t lay down when we had the opportunity to,” Hayes said. “We’re rivals. We knew it was going to be close. The talent was there and it could have gone either way. We eliminate that one bad inning and it’s a different ball game.”

That one inning happened to be the third when Gulf Breeze scored six times to erase Navarre’s 4-0 lead.

The Dolphins added two more runs in the fourth before the Raiders mounted a comeback in the fifth.

Read the full article in the March 19 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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