By Alvin Richardson
Morgan County’s Lady Softball Dogs opened regular season play with a 6-2 home win over Class 6A Alcovy High School (Covington). The Dogs were led by seniors Sadie Worth, Mary Trent Chandler and Katee Finney in the win. Head Coach Jason McBay noted that the team has only those three seniors this season and each one played a key role in getting Morgan off to a positive start. “I felt like tonight that our older players really stepped up. Our seniors brought their “A” game. Sadie Worth hit the ball hard and Mary Trent (Chandler) came through with a big two out RBI Single and junior Madison Henry went 3 for 3 with three RBI.
McBay continued his evaluation of the game, “The star of the night though was Katee (Finney). She did a great job of working ahead in the count and keeping hitters off balance.” According to McBay Finney was not scheduled to be the starting pitcher but a late scratch by Nicole Edwards forced Finney into the starting role and she performed admirably. According to McBay Finney has been a great addition to the team both on the field and off. He noted that he was particularly proud of Finney’s leadership through FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) during the past summer.
Alcovy struck first with a run in the opening inning but Morgan tied it up in the bottom of that frame when Madison Henry singled to knock in Zoey Brown. In the bottom of the third the Lady Dogs seized control of the game by tallying three more runs. Madison Henry singled to drive in Hannah Callaway and Alissa Webb and Mary Trent Chandler drove in Henry with a single of her own to give Morgan a 4-1 lead after three innings of play.
Alcovy responded with a run in the top of the fifth but MCHS came right back with two more scores to seal the deal. Sadie Worth singled to score Chandler and Mackenzie Torbush brought home Worth with a hit to up the lead to 6-2 and that was plenty for the win as Morgan cruised in from there.
Winning pitcher Katee Finney gave up five hits, struck out four, walked three and gave only one earned run. Madison Henry led the way with three hits and three RBI, Sadie Worth had a pair of hits and an RBI, Mary Trent Chandler had a hit, an RBI and scored twice, Alissa Webb went 1 for 2 with two walks and three stolen bases and Mackenzie Torbush was 1 for 2 with an RBI and a stolen base.
The Lady Dogs are coming off a 2016 season that saw them go 26-12 and ranked fourth in the final poll. They advanced to the state playoffs as Region 8AAA’s number two team behind East Jackson. In the state playoffs they defeated Sonoraville and Pierce County to advance to the Elite Eight and then defeated Southeast Bulloch in the first round before losing to East Jackson and Calhoun to end their season. East Jackson was the state champ and Calhoun the runner-up.
After the Alcovy win Coach Jason McBay continued to praise his seniors. “Those three girls lead in different ways. We always meet before the season to discuss goals and other non-softball activities. They came up with a creed that includes four non-negotiables we will bring to school and the ball park day in and day out so that no matter what the season brings we’ll always be on the same page. This is their year – they write their own story every day by how they practice, their level of effort and the attitude they carry. I’d say the opening paragraph was a good one!”
The Morgan County Lady Dogs softball team’s creed is as follows:
1) Communicate – I will always speak the truth into the hearts of my teammates through good and bad times.
2) Attitude – My attitude is contagious so it will always be positive no matter the situation.
3) Passion – My love for the game and my teammates will motivate me to give maximum effort every day.
4) Support – I will always encourage my teammates no matter how I feel or what the scoreboard says.
The Lady Dogs played at Monticello on August 15 and at Social Circle on August 17 and then will play twice at home on August 18 vs Eastside (Covington) and Heritage (Conyers) with game times set at 4:15 and 7:45. They begin region play August 22 at home vs Franklin County at 6:30.