By R. Alan Richardson
After a few losses during the first week of the season, Morgan’s softball team has been on a winning streak, now with six wins and only three losses. Wins over Monroe Area 9-8, Hart County 5-4, Grovetown 5-2, and North Oconee 15-7 give us the idea that this team will again compete for the Region Championship after all is said and done. That time is a long way off, but the experience and newcomers to the team are paying off in the early going.
The first game of the week with the Hurricanes was a barn burner on Monday. According to a report from Coach Jason McBay, Monroe jumped out on top in their first at-bat scoring three runs. Morgan answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning on a single by Zoey Brown, sac bunt by Maeson Tanner, a double off the bat of Avery Kinnett, walk by transfer Parker Spain, and a game-tying single by veteran Hannah Callaway.
The game stayed tied 3-3 through the bottom of the fourth when Peyten Spain (sister to Parker) got a lead-off single. She promptly stole second and scored the go-ahead run off the bat of Brianna Lanford who singled her in for the RBI.
Morgan tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth on another single by Brown followed by another sac bunt by Tanner. Kinnett walked and then stole second before Parker Spain doubled and Peyten Spain singled to solidify the lead.
Things got interesting in the seventh when the Lady Hurricanes from Monroe had a four-run rally and still had runners on second and third. However, ace Bailey Nix retired the final two outs for the win.
Nix moved to 2-1 (at that time) on the year from the circle. Several Dogs were instrumental in the win on offense. Brown went 3-3 at the plate while Kinnett was 2-3, Parker Spain 2-3, Peyten Spain 2-4, Lanford 2-3, and Callaway 1-3.
McBay said, “The Region is tight right now with Hart leading the way. Several teams, including the Lady Dogs, are close behind and only a half game back. It’s going to be a long, tough race to the finish as we are just getting started.”