By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) Lady Dogs softball team defeated Monticello 8-4 and Putnam County 18-6 on Aug. 27 and 29, respectively, before losing to Loganville last Friday 2-4.
The Lady Dogs’ 8-4 victory over Monticello marked the first win of the season for the Dogs.
Morgan County’s batters were steady at the plate. Alissa Webb hit three singles in four at bats, Madison Henry was four for four with three singles and a double, Caroline Thomas hit a single and a double, and Lilly Mitchell also had two singles.
Nicole Edwards and Alissa Webb pitched for the Lady Dogs, giving up only two walks in seven innings with a total of eight strikeouts.
“I was very pleased having only given up 2 walks in 7 innings,” said Coach Sarah Titshaw. “That was very promising.”
Addressing the Dogs’ day at the plate, Coach Titshaw said, “We still struck out three times looking, and I would still like to see less of that, but much better than the Youth game.”
Avery Kirby was also back in the lineup during the Monticello game after some time on the bench due to a leg injury.
The 18-6 win against Putnam County pushed the Dogs’ record over .500 and gave the team to show what it can do offensively.
Morgan County scored five runs in the second inning and were up to eight runs by the end of the fifth, but the majority of the runs came in the last two innings.
“We really broke out and started hitting the ball at the end of the game in the sixth and seventh innings,” said Coach Titshaw. “We scored four in the sixth and six in the seventh. I liked the way we strung hits together in the second, sixth and seventh innings.
Webb, Kirby, Morgan Robertson, Mary Trent Chandler, and Dakota Cepuran were all able to wrack up two or more hits against Putnam.
Again, Edwards and Webb took care of the pitching duties, striking out nine batters in total but walking eight.
“I am happy with the strikeout total, but we have to cut down on the walks,” said Coach Titshaw. “Four of their six runs came from walks.”
The 2-4 loss to Loganville was attributable to a “hard time getting on base, hitting the ball and scoring runs,” according to Coach Titshaw.
The Lady Dogs’ two runs came from a two-RBI double by Kirby in the sixth inning, but they weren’t enough to stay up with Loganville, who capitalized on the lack of hitting with a relatively low-scoring win.
Morgan County played Social Circle on the road Tuesday at 4:30, and they will play Monticello at home this Friday for the last home game of the regular season.