Region 1-5A softball: Haynes' blast, Lopes' arm propels Mosley


Mosley's Laney Haynes hit a solo home run in the Dolphins' win.

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Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM.

LYNN HAVEN — The timing couldn’t have been better for Laney Haynes.

Mosley’s leading hitter this season, Haynes hit her first home run of the year to complement Katie Lopes’ dominant pitching performance in a 2-0 win over Suwannee in the Region 1-5A quarterfinals on Thursday night.

The Dolphins (16-6) will host Wakulla — a 7-3 winner over Gulf Breeze in another regional quarterfinal Thursday — on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the regional semis.

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Mosley scored an unearned run in the fourth inning when courtesy runner Mari Irving scored from second base following a hard-hit grounder by Graysen Gladden that resulted in a fielding error. Haynes, a sophomore, led off the fifth with a laser beam over the right-field wall to boost the Dolphins’ advantage to 2-0.

“I felt like it was a good time to have it happen,” said Haynes, who entered the game with a team-best .443 batting average. “Anybody could do it, though, because we have a strong hitting team. … I was just trying to remember my mechanics and put a good swing on it.”

Lopes, who struck out 13 Suwannee batters, said that second run was crucial.

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