Region play heating up, important softball games coming this week

Tue, 09/19/2006 - 2:12pm
By: Michael Boylan

The softball season is secondary to the region tournament, which decides which teams will make the state playoffs, but seeding in the region tournament can make a big difference and that is why the games in the regular season are so important.

Fayette County (2-2 in the region) got a big region win last Tuesday by defeating Westlake 20-2. Chasity Welch went 2-for-2 with a single and a triple, while driving in four RBIs. Others driving in runs in the game were Caroline Teubl, Lauren Dobler and Shanna Kirkpatrick. Fayette County greatly benefitted from 12 walks from Westlake. Britt Hammel-Cobb picked up the win for Fayette County, allowing one hit in three innings, while striking out seven.

Fayette County hosted Creekside yesterday after the paper went to press and will play at Pike County today before a game at Starr’s Mill at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Whitewater, which has a 4-2 region record, fell to McIntosh (4-1 in the region) 1-0 last Thursday. The Lady Chiefs’ Morgan Kidd got the win, striking out eight batters. The lone run came in the fourth as Amelia Beach hit a double, Jocelyn Clarke moved her over with a bunt and Brea Elder drove her in with a single. Beach and Kidd were both 2-for-3 at the plate.

Whitewater faced Northgate last night after the paper went to press and will play at Kennesaw Mountain today. The Lady Chiefs have a region match with Woodward Academy at home tomorrow and will play at Starr’s Mill next Tuesday.

Starr’s Mill played in the North Cobb Invitational over the weekend and went 4-1. The Lady Panthers beat Campbell (8-5), Pacelli (3-0), Dalton (3-0) and Kennesaw Mountain (1-0) before falling to Hardaway 10-6 in the championship game.

Starr’s Mill played at Woodward Academy last night and will play at Westlake tonight. They will host Fayette County tomorrow at 5 p.m.
In the Central Invitational softball tournament, Sandy Creek won the bronze division. The lady Patriots opened with a loss to Newnan (9-1) but followed it with a 4-1 win over Haralson County. On Saturday, Sandy Creek got wins over Duluth (10-7) and Shiloh (7-0) before falling to Villa Rica (6-3).

Sandy Creek hosted Cartersville yesterday after the paper went to press and will play at Haralson County tomorrow.

Landmark Christian is currently 3-1 in region play. Last week, the ladies racked up a big win against Our Lady of Mercy with a score of 15-0 after four innings of play. The pitching and catching duo of Ashley Chastain and Jennie Jobe had 10 strikeouts and allowed only one hit to lead the defense. Jobe, also reached base and scored at all four at bats and had six stolen bases, while Chastain reached base three times, scored twice, had two stolen bases, and four RBI’s. Molly Weir was 3 for 4, scoring all three times she reached base with four stolen bases and one RBI. Kate Smith was 2 for 3, scoring twice with one RBI and two stolen bases. Laura Cooper reached base twice and scored both times with three stolen bases and one RBI. Melanie Crum had two RBI’s. Sadie Dunkin had three RBI’s. Hailey McManus was 2 for 3. Alex Glaize reached base and scored. Alexis Hudson had one RBI.
Emily Polgardi and Hannah Penn also hit the ball. Every lady on the team contributed to a powerful offensive effort.

The Lady War Eagles allowed only one run to defeat Whitefield Academy 7-1 on Monday. Chastain had 11 strikeouts to make 143 for the season. The offense was lead by Sadie Dunkin who scored twice and also had two RBI’s and Laura Cooper who scored three times. Hailey McManus had three RBI’s. Jobe and Chastain also had one RBI each.

Games this week for the Lady War Eagles include a game Wednesday at Our Lady of Mercy at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday vs. St. Francis at 5 p.m.

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