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Leah homers for history—and then more

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Leah Scott became the first softball player to homer over the new fence.
by: Jeff Dawsey Sports Editor

Pull quote: “Right now that fence belongs to me.”

LEAH SCOTT

ARTICLE-Game after game, hit after hit, Palm Coast Little League softball players occasionally hit the ball deep into outfield, but no one had ever come close to hitting an over-the-fence home run, until Leah Scott recently did it—twice.

Three years ago, the league inserted a yellow artificial fence on the softball field roughly 20 yards closer than the original. But even with a shorter distance, no one was able to hit a homer.

A couple of weeks ago, Scott’s team trailed late in the game. With two on base, she was hoping for a base hit that would send one of the runners home. Delivered a low pitch, Scott cracked the ball, and it sailed over the fence and into history.

This new fence was inserted three years ago.

“It’s exciting and shocking,” she said. “I was surprised it kept going.”

Then, just a week later, Scott and her team were found themselves down again, and she pulled off another historic batting performance, going yard and helping her team win the game.

Both of Scott's homers served as go-ahead scores for her team, when they were trailing late.

“Right now that fence belongs to me,” Scott laughed.

As she is learning, with success comes great responsibility. Scott’s teammates now expect her to at least reach base every time she goes up to bat, after her home runs, and she also anticipates a good plate appearance for herself.

Scott’s team recently won to advance to its division championship game, which will be played Wednesday.

Next year, Scott will be a Flagler Palm Coast freshman, and she hopes to make an early impact for the Lady Bulldogs, if she makes the team.

 

Jeff Dawsey began his professional journalism career and his Observer employment in August of 2014. He is currently the Palm Coast and Ormond Beach Sports Editor, and he also writes business for just Palm Coast. In 2014, he graduated from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville...

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