By R. Alan Richardson
Coach Jason McBay said, “Our win over East Jackson puts us in great shape at the halfway point of the 8-AAA Region Schedule.” This was after the Lady Diamond Dogs took another last inning win over the Lady Eagles 3-2 in the eighth inning.
According to McBay, MOCO came up first to take a 1-0 lead when Reign Williams singled, went to second on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a wild pitch. East Jackson scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 advantage.
Morgan tied things up in the fourth on a double by Avery Kinnett and a single off the bat of Nicole Edwards. Both of these players have been contributing in a big way over the past few outings.
In extra innings in the top of the eighth, McKenna Camp laid down a nice bunt single and stole second base.
Williams doubled in the gap with two outs to bring home the go-ahead and eventual winning run for the 3-2 victory.
Bailey Nix had another outstanding performance in the circle pitching a complete eight innings, giving up only three hits, allowing zero earned runs, walking one, and striking out seven.
She retired the final 14 batters after the Lady Eagles got their two runs in the second.
She also pitched out of a bases loaded one out jam in the bottom of the seventh by striking out the final two batters in a row. It was a gem of an effort from the senior.
Another bright spot for Morgan was the return to service of Alissa Webb who entered the game in the third inning to play centerfield after spending two weeks on the disabled list. McBay commented, “She came in to make some exceptional plays. One was a huge play to get the first out in the bottom of the seventh with two runners on.”
On the night, Williams gathered two hits (double and single), Kinnett added a double, Edwards contributed an RBI single, Jenna Lyons had two hits, and Webb and Camp provided base hits of their own.
After the game McBay told us, “It was another huge team win tonight! Bailey Nix pitched exceptional and worked her way masterfully out of jams in the seventh and eighth. She never shows any emotion and just goes out and grinds for us. I felt like Webb and Reign really stepped up when the game was on the line to come up with big defensive plays and hits. Jenna (Lyons) continued to do a great job at the bottom of our order. Overall it took all 20 of us – players and coaches – tonight to pull off this win. This puts us in good shape at the halfway point of the Region schedule.”
Morgan lost the Jackson County game 8-1 to the number one ranked AAA team in the state the following night. That team is the defending Region Champions and only lost one player off the squad from 2017. McBay said, “We fought hard against them but they are just dog gone good.”
Later in the week the Lady Dogs split a pair of games at home in close game style again. They defeated George Walton Academy 1-0 in eight innings, but then lost the nightcap 9-8 to Rutland. Seems like this team will continue to give the coaching staff no breathers anytime soon.