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TUESDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP; Liggin leads Lee girls golf to state; TAE baseball's Ambrose hits walk-off GS to beat rival Fullington in huge region game

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

BAINBRIDGE -- Christian Liggin may be headed to Coastal Georgia on a golf scholarship when this season's over -- but before she does, there's still work to be done.

Liggin lightened that work load, and the pressure that comes with it, on Tuesday when she repeated as the Region 1-AAAA champ, firing her low round of the season -- a 75 -- to win at Bainbridge Country Club.

Liggin's 75, paired with the Lady Trojans' other low score by Bree Pickleseimer (94) -- in girls golf, only two scores are counted, opposed to four in boys -- was good enough to post a team score of 169 for second place. The top two teams advance to the state tournament in Jekyll Island on May 3 as TCC (160) won the meet.

"We're going to keep working between now and then to try and get a lower score from my girls to go with Christian's at state," third-year Lee County coach Cristi Griffin said. "But I was proud of Christian and Bree (Tuesday). This makes three years in a row we've qualified for state."

Liggin was dynamite on the front nine, posting a 2-under, but then struggled on the back nine and needed a birdie on the final hole to seal medalist honors.

"She putted really well," said Griffin, who added she felt Liggin could finish in the Top 10 easily at Jekyll Island. "There's going to be a lot of great players up there, but she can hang with the best of them."

Bainbridge's girls finished fourth with a score of 208.

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BASEBALL

DAWSON -- Somewhere under the pile of jubilation, buried beneath a mob scene at the plate was Brian Ambrose, who spent Tuesday afternoon simply refusing to allow Terrell County to lose to Fullington Academy.

Ambrose had just belted a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to lift Terrell Academy to a 9-6 victory, and the kids from Dawson were going berserk.

"When it came off his bat everyone in the park knew it was a home run,'' said Terrell Academy coach Ashley Walker, who watched his team storm from the dugout to mob Ambrose at the plate.

Ambrose, not once, but twice delivered the Eagles from defeat -- first in the seventh with a one-out, two-run single that knotted the score at 5-5 to send the game into extra innings, and then again in the ninth with his fourth homer of the season.

"We were down, 2-0, then led, 3-2, and then they scored three runs in the seventh and we were down, 5-3, in the bottom of the seventh,'' Walker said. "Then we were down, 6-5, in the ninth when he hit the grand slam. It was pretty stressful before (he hit the grand slam) and pretty exciting when he hit it.''

Cole Phillips picked up the win in relief, pitching the final 2 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and had a strikeout and a walk. Hogan Skandamis went 4-for-5 and scored three runs, and Cole Byrd went 2-for-4 for the Eagles (12-6, 5-1 in the region).

"That was our second extra inning game in a week,'' said Walker, whose team lost to Crisp Academy, 5-4, in extra innings a week earlier. "We put ourselves in a situation where we were behind (Tuesday), but rose to the occasion late.''

Terrell Academy plays Randolph Southern at 4:30 p.m. Friday at home in a big GISA Region 3-A game.

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DWS 13, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 2:

The Knights had nine hits and scored 11 runs in the first inning and then coasted to five-inning mercy-rule win.

Banks Kinslow (6-1) didn't allow a run and gave up only one hit while striking out four and not allowing a walk in four innings to get the win. Kinslow also was a big part of the wild first inning, getting two hits, including a double. He scored twice and drove in a run. Michael Matthews also had two hits in the first and drove in two runs.

Gil Gillispie went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Chris Moates went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Michael Laslie went 2-for-3 with a double. Rhett Cooper also had a double, and Davis Moore drove in a run for DWS (13-3 and 5-1 in the region).

"It was a good team win and helps us get ready for Westfield (6:30 p.m. on Friday) in a big region game,'' DWS coach Rod Murray said. "We've been working on things over the past two years and it seemed like they all came together in that first inning. We did a lot of work on fundamental baseball, using the whole field, hitting in good counts and running the bases. We did a whole lot of that in that first inning.''

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RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 7, CRISP ACADEMY 3:

The Patriots had no trouble building a 7-0 lead early and won easily, thanks in part to the big defensive plays from third baseman Jon Floyd, who made two outstanding plays snaring lie drives. He turned one of those into a double play, firing across the diamond to first base to double up the runner.

"He had a big day defensively,'' Randolph Southern coach Seth Howell said. "He had four assists and two put-outs on the two line drives.''

Floyd had a big day at the plate, too, going 2-for-3 and driving in two runs. Alex Weeks tripled and drove in two runs, and Andrew Bacon went five innings to get the win. Bacon gave up only one earned run on three hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Randolph Southern (9-6, 4-3 in the region) plays Terrell Academy at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Dawson.

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Soccer

MACON -- There's frustration, and then there's what happened to the Deerfield-Windsor girls soccer team on Tuesday.

The game will go down as a 1-1 tie, but it may take the Lady Knights awhile to move on from this one.

DWS out-shot Tattnall Square 32-4. That's right 32 to 4.

"When the game was over the other coach came up to me and the first thing he said was 'I don't know how that happened. You battered us,' " DWS coach Aly Joslin said. "I don't know, either. We were brilliant. We hit the post. We hit the bar. We hit the keeper. But we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.''

Lauren Fulford did score the lone goal for DWS, which is now 7-3-2 for the season and 5-0 in the GISA Region 3-AAA race.

The Lady Knights play their final home at 4 p.m. Friday against Mount de Sales on "senior night,'' and have three region games remaining before the state tournament begins May 8.