Chapel Hill won a five inning, mercy ruled game against Paulding County on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers scored two runs in the second, four in the fourth and three in the fifth for a 9-0 win.
Darby Demarest picked up the victory in the circle. She allowed only one hit, a leadoff single on the second pitch of the game. She walked one and struck out nine.
“She dominated and we played solid defense behind her,” said CHHS coach Mick Harper. “She beat up the strike zone and did not give them much opportunity to score after the first inning.”
Ashley Morgan led the offense with three hits. She had two singles and a triple. Morgan knocked in one run. She got up the first time and hit a little flair to left. Her second hit was a shot up the middle and the third time up she tripled to left.
“She keeps swinging it,” Harper said. “People try to pitch her differently but she just hits the ball where it is pitched,” Harper said. “It is not just her too. The whole team is doing it.”
Savana Sikes also had three hits. She had a single, double and triple, with one run and a team high six RBIs. Shelby Robinson and Malynn Haven had two hits each. Robinson had two singles, scored once and knocked in a run. Haven had two singles and scored a run.
“Malynn has been working hard and put in the time outside of practice,” Harper said. “She is not trying to pull everything and that has been a struggle of hers earlier in the year. She made some adjustments and had a big night.”
Hallie Rutledge went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run. Anna Aulgur was 1-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Quinn Mitchell was 1-for-1 with a single and an RBI.
The Lady Panthers will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Hiram for a 5:30 p.m. game.
Alexander continued to put away the their region foes Tuesday evening with a 14-0 dismantling of visiting Villa Rica. Coach Zack Graham went up 2-0 on his brother, who took over the Lady Wildcats program this season.
“We looked pretty good and hit the ball like crazy,” Graham said. “It was a situation where we are trying to get game ready for next week and we started our best nine and did not hold any punches back. They took our wrath.”
Graham added that Villa Rica did no play badly, but his team hit the ball were they defense was not.
“Villa Rica is a young team and they have three really good freshmen but it is hard to compete at the varsity level when you are that young,” Graham said.
Alexander took a 4-0 lead in the first inning and increased their lead to 7-0 in the second. They doubled the score with seven runs in the bottom of the third.
Alexander put together 12 hits. Gracyn Thrasher and Faith Shirley had three hits apiece. Shirley, coming off a game in which she hit her first home run, went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Thrasher continued to lead the team in offense late in the season with a 3-for-3 performance that included a triple, five RBIs and two runs scored.
Tali Milde went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double. She scored three times and knocked in two. Natalie Johnson also had two hits, going 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Josie Nunn had one hit, two RBIs and scored a run. Makenzie Buck wrapped up the hitting in a 1-for-2 performance at the plate.
Sydnee Council earned the victory in the circle. She allowed two hits in four innings of work, striking out six and walking one.
The Cougars will travel to Allatoona on Tuesday. The game against the Lady Bucs will determine who takes the second seed in the region.
The Lithia Springs Lady Lions traveled to East Paulding Tuesday evening for a Region 5-AAAAA game. After a near two hour delay after a miscommunication with umpire coverage of the game, the Lady Lions fell to East Paulding in three innings, 21-0.
Payton Welch started the game and deserved a better fate.
“She did not pitch badly, and did not have the support she needed behind her,” said LSHS coach Chris Sheperd.
Sydney McCune threw the final inning.
“She came in and threw strikes,” Sheperd said. “The defense made plays behind her, something that we should have done the entire game.”
Lithia had two runners reach base against the Lady Raiders. Alexis Lackey had a single to right in the first inning. McCune walked to put two on with two outs, but the Lady Lions could not push a run across the plate.
“We also had good at-bats in the third inning but nothing came of it,” Sheperd said.
Lithia will play their final game of the season on Monday when they host Villa Rica at 5:30 p.m.