By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
The Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) softball team lost to the Loganville Red Devils 3-6 in the final game of the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) softball tournament, which was hosted at Heritage Park on Sept. 28 and 29.
The loss to Loganville came after beating Carver Middle School in the first round of the tournament 9-7 and Social Circle in the second round 7-3.
Morgan County held a 3-1 lead over Carver after the first inning and never relinquished the lead. The Dogs also scored three runs in the third and three runs in the fourth for their total of nine runs.
Despite the win, Softball Coach Sarah Titshaw felt like the team didn’t play as well as it should have against Loganville.
“We did not play well defensively and gave them a lot of their runs,” said Coach Titshaw. “We were able to string enough hits together to get us enough runs to win.”
Alissa Webb and Avery Kirby both hit two singles and Maddie Kinnett managed a double against Loganville.
Coach Titshaw was satisfied with the team’s performance during the Dogs’ 7-3 semifinal win over Social Circle.
“We played a great, close game,” said Coach Titshaw. “Only made one error defensively. I was very proud of their effort.”
Maddie Kinnett pitched the entire game against Social Circle, striking out seven batters and only walking one.
Kirby had three hits in the game, two doubles and a single, Webb had two singles and Mary Trent Chandler hit a single and a double.
The Dogs lost to Loganville 3-6 in the last round of the tournament despite earning 12 hits during the game.
Loganville was already ahead 2-1 after the third inning, and they scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to give them a lead that was good to win the game.
“We just made too many errors in the field and couldn’t string together enough hits to score more than one run in a few innings,” said Titshaw. “We had a total of 12 hits and had the bases loaded in the top of the sixth with no outs and were not able to score. That really hurt.”
Despite the loss in the championship game, Coach Titshaw is proud of the performance of the team, both in the tournament and throughout the regular season.
“I was very proud of the girls and their effort,” began Titshaw. “It was a really tough loss; it’s one I would like to play over. Had a few different things gone our way, the outcome may have been different.”
“We are losing a great group of eighth graders, and they will certainly be missed next year.”