By R. Alan Richardson
The softball team took a 12 run win last week in a run-rule shortened contest that lasted only four innings. The Lady Dogs are catching their stride at the right time with the second half of the region schedule just beginning. This team is getting better with every game they play so don’t count them out.
The Lady Dogs had little trouble dispatching of the Lady Bulldogs of Hart by scoring multiple runs in each inning of the 8-AAA Region victory. Morgan got two, two, five, and three runs in the first four innings to end the game early 12-0.
Hannah Callaway went 3-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored, Sadie Worth 2-2 with a double and three RBI’s, Madison Henry was 2-2 with one RBI, Alissa Webb 2-3 with one RBI and a run, and Zoey Brown was 2-3 with an RBI and two runs in the books to lead the offensive attack. Ace Katee Finney got the win and complete game in the circle walking only three and striking out four.
Coach Jason McBay was excited about the effort. He said, “Overall, this was our most complete win from top to bottom. We got great pitching from Katee, played pretty well on defense behind her, and executed the offense perfectly. I’m very proud of the girls for continuing to work hard each and every day. To me, the turning point in the game was Karlie Lane stealing second base in the third inning. That kind of set the tone for the type of inning we were going to have. I give a lot of credit to our three seniors-Mary Trent Chandler, Katee Finney, and Sadie Worth. They have been on the same page with me and have continued to believe in the coaching staff and in each other throughout the season. I’m excited to see what other things we can accomplish this season if we continue to hold each other accountable and push our teammates to be the best they can be.”
Earlier in the week, the Lady Dogs suffered an 8-3 loss at the hands of Loganville. The AAAA number three team in the state is now 11-2 on the season and showed why they are so highly thought of among softball aficionados around the state. Loganville started their number two pitcher, lefthander Caitlyn Canady, and she brought her A game getting the win in the circle. Canady also went 5-5 at the plate with three RBI’s and should be in the running for player-of-the-week honors.
This one was tight throughout the evening. Behind the pitching of Morgan’s own lefty, McKenna Camp, the Lady Dogs kept it close through the fifth inning. Loganville took first blood in the top of the second with a run scored after a walk, single, and double pushed a runner across home. With the bases loaded, Camp got the big third out on a fly ball to MacKenzie Torbush in center. Freshman Reign Williams played well on the night at third base and made two nice plays in the inning to give the Dogs the defense they needed.
The Red Devils took the 2-0 lead in the third, but not before Coach McBay pulled off a trick play with a fake throw to second base that completely duped the Loganville runner into thinking the ball had rolled into the outfield. She was tagged out easily between second and third. However, Loganville put together a walk, double, and single to score a run and again load the bases. Alissa Webb continued her stellar play at shortstop as she scooped up a grounder to her left from the next batter, stepped on the bag, and completed the double play to Sadie Worth at first to stifle the rally.
The Dogs got a run back in their half of the third inning when Hannah Callaway started things off with a single and stole second. Webb followed that up with a rope to left field to score Callaway before the next two batters struck out. The lead was now 2-1 after three innings of play.
Loganville added to their lead in the fourth with a run, but then exploded in the fifth for five more to take an 8-1 advantage. Morgan fought back scoring runs in the fifth and sixth. Callaway produced a run on her own by singling, stealing second, moving to third on a wild pitch and then stealing home. The lone run in the sixth came off the bat off catcher Madison Henry who has been hot at the plate of late. She took a fast ball to right centerfield that got out of the park in a hurry. Henry was 2-3 on the night. The line shot gave the Dogs their final run of the night and accounted for the 8-3 final score.
Callaway was 3-3 at the plate, Gracie Williams was 1-1 after substituting for an injured Webb, and Reign Williams was 1-1. Nichole Edwards made a huge play on a shoestring catch from her right field slot and Torbush played well in center including a catch and throw double play to third on a perfect throw.
The schedule shows Morgan hosting East Jackson on September 14 at 5:55 in their next outing.