Boom! Lady Dogs topple Monticello, Oconee Co. in “offensive explosion”

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Alisha Ellis hits the ball to drive in some runs. Photo by Jesse Walker

Alisha Ellis hits the ball to drive in some runs. Photo by Josiah Connelly

Final Game The Lady Dogs will play their final regular season game Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5:55 p.m. at MCHS. Their opponent: East Jackson.

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

The Morgan County High School Lady Dogs beat region opponent Oconee County 10-4 on Tuesday, Sept. 17, but lost to 8-AAA region leader Franklin County 4-6 last Thursday, Sept. 19. On Monday, the Dogs traveled to Monticello where they picked up an 11-4 win over the Hurricanes.

Lady Dog Head Coach Doug Connelly described Morgan County’s game against Oconee as an “offensive explosion,” which was “very consistent from start to finish.”

The Dogs scored their 10 runs on 15 hits, with the first three runs coming in the first inning. Elizabeth Couch hit a single down the right field line for two RBIs, and Alishia Ellis drove in the third run of the inning with a single to put the Dogs ahead 3-1.

Oconee tied the score in the top of the second, but, again, Morgan County picked up another three runs: two on a double by Laney Crawford and one from a single by Aubree Cox.

Carly Hodgson hit an RBI single in the fifth, and the Warriors added a run in the top of the sixth to make the score 7-4.

Of Morgan County’s final three runs in the sixth, slap-hitter Hannah Carver pushed in two runs with a ball hit hard into left field.

Alishia Frierson pitched the whole game for the Dogs, giving up 10 hits but only walking two batters.

The 4-6 loss to Franklin was a hard fought game for the Dogs.

“A well-played game by both teams,” said Coach Connelly. “They just came out on top that night. Nothing to hang our heads about.”

Couch drove in the first two Morgan County runs of the game in the top of the third inning, and an error on the play allowed a third run to score.

Leaving the top of the third inning, the Dogs were leading 3-1, but Franklin turned it around by scoring three runs of their own in the bottom of the third.

Franklin advanced their lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth with two more runs, and a solo home run by Frierson in top of the seventh wasn’t enough to let the Dogs catch up.

Coach Connelly praised Frierson’s work on the mound against Franklin.

“Frierson really worked hard,” said Connelly. “She battled through and kept us in the game.”

Against Monticello on Monday, the Dogs had built an 8-0 lead before the third inning, with three runs in the first and five runs in the second.

The Hurricanes scored all four of the runs they would have during the night in the fourth inning, and Morgan County put their last three on the board in the sixth to make the final score 11-4.

Tuesday, the Dogs played region opponent North Oconee at home, and they will play Hart County on the road today at 5:55 in Hartwell.

Next Tuesday, the Lady Dogs have their last game of the regular season, which will be at home against East Jackson at 5:55.

Alishia Frierson pitches the ball. Photo by Josiah Connelly

Alishia Frierson pitches the ball. Photo by Josiah Connelly

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